If you are a nurse, you know the “turn Q2H” orders that we see almost every day. Having a good working knowledge of skin care is essential in providing good nursing care (after all, skin is the largest organ of the body). If you are a staff nurse and you want to enhance your nursing practice, you may want to consider looking into the possibility of shadowing a Certified Wound Nurse Practitioner or a Wound Treatment nurse for a day.
Many hospitals have departments or staff who specialize in skin and wound care. There is a plethora of treatment modalities that will help the general nurse provide enhanced care to those patients who are susceptible to skin breakdown and other skin related illnesses. In addition, these professionals are very proficient in teaching nurses evidenced based practices that will help you throughout your nursing career.
In Cleveland, Ohio, we are privileged to have some very good academic hospitals with excellent skin and wound care departments. At South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital on the east side, the Wound Healing Center is a great place to observe the latest techniques in skin and wound care. University Hospitals of Cleveland also have a great skin and wound care team of professionals who are very proficient and knowledgeable of the various illnesses and intensive care of skin and wounds.
So, if you are looking to broaden your nursing practice or if you are interested in this particular area of nursing, I would highly recommend inquiring about shadowing one of these professionals for a day. You’ll be surprised at what you will learn!