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Wound and Ostomy Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

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:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National 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 Your
    Wound, Ostomy, or Continence (WOC) certification exam
  • Become a
    Certified Wound, Ostomy or Continence Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Nursing homes
    • Home healthcare organizations

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • If you work with the elderly, you’ll help teach nursing home attendants how to help patients avoid bedsores.

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