My Scope of Practice: Educator, Entrepreneur
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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. — Plutarch
“Wound and ostomy professionals are a special breed,” says Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, WCC, DWC. “They are amazingly talented and caring. If an individual shares that passion and has a little rush every time he/she sees a patient with a wound or ostomy, it affirms the calling.”
Undoubtedly, Nancy has experienced that rush when caring for a patient with a wound or ostomy. But it’s the rush she gets when teaching a colleague something new about wound care that helped her realize her calling as an educator. As one of the founders of the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI), Nancy puts her wound care knowledge, nursing skills, and entrepreneurial spirit to the test every day.
Nancy was 18 years old, working as a home health-certified nursing assistant, when she encountered a patient with a large wound on the sacrum. “I never saw anything like that on a human being,” she says. “I was horrified that a person could have something like this.” She paid special attention to how the home health nurse treated the patient and was amazed when the wound slowly began to heal. “I saw first-hand the special care it took, not only to treat the wound, but also to take care of the whole patient,” she says. After that experience, it was just a matter of time before Nancy became a CWOCN and started caring for wounds full time. She earned her BSN from Lewis University (Romeoville, IL) in 1993, began working at Marianjoy Hospital (Wheaton, IL), and shortly after she became wound-certified.
After completing her certification, Nancy became a clinical consultant at Hill-Rom. In this capacity, Nancy and her colleague, Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, DWC, noticed a critical need for additional wound care experts to care for patients. Eager to fill the void, Nancy and Donna founded Wound Consultants, Inc, a hands-on wound care consulting company. Nancy and Donna were unable to handle the huge number of requests they received to provide consultations. It became clear that what patients needed were more trained wound care professionals. Creating an organization that would provide wound care education to healthcare professionals was a logical step in that direction. The demand for services, including education among healthcare professionals, was high. The result was the creation of the Wound Care Education Institute®.
“We developed a comprehensive course in skin and wound management, focusing on the bedside practitioner’s need for knowledge that can be immediately used to improve wound care outcomes for their patients,” Nancy says of the WCEI programs. “We made a commitment to multidisciplinary education early on because wound prevention and treatment often comes from the combined efforts of many disciplines.” Nancy spread the word about the WCEI through social media marketing and by attending professional conferences.
Because the Institute appreciated the importance of certification to the credibility of the course and value to the student, WCEI worked with the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC) to develop the certification process.
“For 10 years, the WCEI has provided wound care certification information,” Nancy says. “Because of our reputation, expertise, and delivery model, our certification partner, NAWC, has chosen our group for education associated with their other specialized wound care certifications in Diabetic Wound Care (DWC)® and Lower Extremity Lymphedema Management (LLE)SM.