Wound care education remains essential to a nurse’s training, regardless of the post-acute care setting. However, when viewing your team as a whole, many staff members contribute to wound outcomes.
Throughout this presentation, we will explore different positions and roles that may benefit from wound care education and various teaching methods and their efficacy. These findings will provide a better understanding of the role wound care plays within the organization and the knowledge to refine wound care management, upskill staff, and promote excellent financial stability.
Sue Grafton is a registered nurse and Certified Wound and Ostomy Nurse in Baltimore. She started her nursing career in home health and has worked for many Maryland-based home care agencies for the past 25 years. She discovered her love of wounds and ostomies in the home care setting and strives to empower individuals to participate in their healing. She has been a CWON for 18 years. Grafton has been an active member of the Baltimore affiliate WOCN for many years and has held regional and local positions on the board. She has chaired and presented at the Ostomy Education Day, which strives to provide more education to post-acute care clinicians. She also acted as a clinical consultant for a local HME pharmacy and can bring full circle the importance of continuity of care between care settings. Grafton currently works as a clinical support manager for McKesson Medical-Surgical. She spends much of her time educating post-acute care clinicians on wound management, formulary development, and product selection. She is also a member of WOCN, serves on the SAWC host committee, and sits on the AA HomeCare workgroups for Urology/Ostomy and Wound.
Michele Carr has been a clinician for over 30 years, first practicing as a registered dietitian, then later as a podiatrist. While practicing with an HMO in southern California, she found her true passion in assisting wound patients with healing. This led to helping that HMO create its first wound care center. In 2004, Carr's career took a detour when she accepted a position to direct a wound care surveillance program for a home health and hospice chain. She watched that program grow and develop until, in 2011, that chain was acquired by one of the five largest national home health and hospice chains, where she continued her role. For the next 11 years, she developed and implemented a wound education and support program for thousands of clinicians across the U.S. Additionally, Carr has taught at multiple national wound and health conferences, including SAWC and WOW. Due to her unique and varied experience in the post-acute healthcare sector, OASIS knowledge and certification, and nutrition wound certification, she has held several consultant roles in the wound care industry in the U.S. and even internationally. Most recently, she accepted a position with McKesson as a Clinical Support Manager, where she hopes to use her knowledge in home health, hospice, wound care, nutrition, and OASIS.