A Wound and Ostomy Nurse cares for patients with wounds caused by medical treatments, diseases, or injuries. They also provide post-surgery treatment and care for patients with ostomies, which are surgical openings that allow for the elimination of bodily waste. These nurses often work with a healthcare team, assessing patients, managing wounds, and monitoring healing.
Things You'll Do:
- Prevent bedsores
- Help ulcers, abscesses and feeding tube sites heal quickly
- Clean wounds
- Develop wound care treatment plans
Your job characteristics:
Get YourNursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
More about becoming an RN ›
Complete an accredited Wound, Ostomy or Continence (WOC) nursing education program, or get 1500 hours of experience in the Experiential Pathway program.
Get YourWound, Ostomy, or Continence (WOC) certification exam
Become aCertified Wound, Ostomy or Continence Nurse
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- Nursing homes
- Home healthcare organizations
What Else You
- If you work with the elderly, you’ll help teach nursing home attendants how to help patients avoid bedsores.