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Do nurses get specialty training for wound care?

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Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners can receive specialized training in wound care as part of receiving wound care certification through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. Certification requires passing the Wound Management Certification Training Course plus two years of experience, according to NAWCO.

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Wound care certification training through NAWCO focuses on assessment, prevention and management of patients with arterial, diabetic, pressure or vascular ulcerations, or wounds. Certification also provides training in skin problems resulting from surgery, trauma or incontinence. Training, which covers both therapy and rehabilitation, places the wound care nurse in a team that may also include physicians, occupational and physical therapist, dietitians and other health care providers, explains NAWCO.

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