Wound Care Nurse Career Guide

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Overview

A Wound Care Registered Nurse (RN) specializes in the treatment and management of various types of wounds, such as surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and traumatic wounds. They play a critical role in promoting wound healing, preventing infections and providing comprehensive care to patients with complex wound needs. Wound Care RNs assess and document wounds, implement

Education

To become a Wound Care RN, you need to start by obtaining a nursing degree. The two most common paths are a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). A BSN typically requires four years of study, while an ADN program generally takes two to three years to complete. Nursing

Qualifications

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Related certifications

Becoming a Wound Care RN often requires gaining experience as a registered nurse in acute care settings, such as hospitals or skilled nursing facilities. This experience provides valuable exposure to wound assessment and basic wound care techniques. While specific qualifications may vary depending on the employer, many hospitals and healthcare facilities seek wound care specialists who hold certification in wound

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Skills

Staff and Travel Wound Care RNs need a comprehensive set of skills to excel in their role. They must have a strong understanding of wound types, wound healing processes and factors that may impede healing. Excellent assessment skills are crucial in determining the appropriate treatment plan for each patient. They should be skilled in wound dressings, wound debridement

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Responsibilities

Wound Care RNs have a diverse range of responsibilities. They assess and monitor wounds, develop individualized care plans, administer medications, perform wound debridement, change dressings, educate patients and families on wound care techniques, collaborate with physicians and wound care specialists and document patient progress. Additionally, Wound Care RNs may be involved in evaluating wound care products and implementing best practices

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Wound Care Nurse
$1,820-3,009/week

The average salary for a Wound Care Nurse is $2,370.88 per week.

Last updated on July 17, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Benefits of being a Wound Care RN include the opportunity to make a significant impact on patient recovery and quality of life, the ability to work with a diverse range of patients and wound types and the satisfaction of witnessing wound healing progress. This specialty offers various career opportunities in hospitals, wound care centers, home healthcare and long-term care facilities.

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Wound Care Nurse Jobs


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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Wound Care

  • Grass Valley, CA
  • LanceSoft
  • 3x12 hrs, Days

$3,500/week

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Posted 5 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Wound Care

  • Grass Valley, CA
  • Nurses First Solutions
  • 5x8 hrs, Flexible

$3,517/week

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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Wound Care

  • San Francisco, CA
  • TotalMed Staffing
  • 4x10 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus

$3,413/week

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Posted 9 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Wound Care

  • San Francisco, CA
  • TotalMed Staffing
  • 4x10 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus

$3,413/week

Estimated pay package

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