Man the front desk at a Doctor’s office.
Bangs, burns, and boo-boos run in fear at the mention of “Wound Care Nurse.” Adept at treating infections and healing wounds, Wound Care Nurses work in hospitals and clinics to treat injuries and monitor long-term-care patients with constant open wounds from IVs or tubes.
Wound Care Nurses are one of many professionals who make up a patient’s medical care team. Doctors, Registered Nurses, specialists, and the Wound Care Nurse all contribute to the patient’s healing plan. As a Wound Care Nurse, you’re a Registered Nurse who specializes in treating wounds, sores, and other openings on the skin.
Injuries range from cuts and gashes that need cleaning, dressing, and bandaging, to long-term problems such as bedsores. You start your treatment by assessing the type of wound and determining how bad it is as well as whether or not it’s infected.
Once you’ve examined the injury, you consult with the medical team to determine treatment. Doctors may prescribe antibiotics to fight infections while you work to keep the wound clean and tightly bandaged.
When the patient is released from the hospital, you educate her or her at-home Caregiver on continuing treatment. If the issue is recurring, such as a bedridden patient experiencing sores, her Caregiver will need to take proactive steps like turning the patient over frequently to prevent new sores from developing. A wound may eventually heal on its own, but with your help, it heals quickly without the added risk of infection.