Obtaining nurse wound care certification involves acquiring the necessary education needed to become a wound care nurse, gaining experience, completing wound care certification courses and passing the certification exam. The certification requirements vary from one certification organization to another.
Acquiring the necessary education needed to become a wound care nurse involves attending a nursing school and completing a nursing program. Depending on the certification body, an aspiring certified wound care nurse may have to acquire the status of a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or graduate of science in nursing. For instance, while the National Alliance of Wound Care administers certification to the licensed practical nurses, holders of bachelor of science in nursing degree receive certification from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board.
The amount of experience needed to obtain certification in wound care nursing varies from one certification body to another. For instance, while a minimum of two years of clinical experience is a requirement to obtain certification from the National Alliance of Wound Care, a minimum of three years of experience is a requirement for nurses seeking certification from the American Board of Wound Management.
Completing the wound care certification courses is a requirement for nurses seeking certification from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board or National Alliance of Wound Care. This may involve attending seminars or enrolling in wound care education classes online. Upon successful completion of the courses, the nurse should pass the certification exam, which varies among the certification boards and involves paying a fee.