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NVRH Nurses & Surgeons Now Certified in Wound Care

by | Aug 31, 2022 | In the News



ST. JOHNSBURY, VT (August 31, 2022) – After attending four days of an intensive Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH)-hosted wound course, NVRH is excited to announce that all participants who tested on-campus are now Wound Care Certified (WCC) with a pass-rate of 100 percent.

15 participants attended the course, which ran from July 25 to July 29. Participants included staff from NVRH, North Country Hospital, Caledonia Home Health & Hospice, Grace Cottage Hospital, Cheshire Medical Center, Valley Regional Hospital and Alice Day Peck Memorial Hospital.

NVRH staff who took the wound course include surgeons Dr. Annick Kaufman and Dr. Laura Stoiber, as well as nurses Brenda Rodgers, RN, Wendy Longmoore, RN and Dawn Flood-Dunn, RN. Home Health & Hospice staff include nurses Kristin Freeto, RN, Haley Lowell, RN and Jaime Berube, RN.

The above NVRH staff now join other clinical staff members who are also wound care certified: Eileen Shea, RN; Erika Downing, RN; Glenn Wagner, RN; Nancy Macey, RN and Trisha Bullard, PA.

The Wound Care Education Institute® mission is to impact the lives of both individual practitioners, and the patients in need of wound care. In 2002, nurses Nancy Morgan and Donna Sardina noticed that although nurses were passionate about wound care, they lacked access to specialized education. Morgan and Sardina then created hands-on wound care training and structured classes.

The objective of the certification is to provide assurance and promote the delivery of safe and effective skin and wound management. According to the Wound Care Education Institute®, certification means recognizing proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge, providing a standard of knowledge, establishing and measuring the level of knowledge required for certification, and promoting continued professional growth.

“Wound care has a significant impact on patient health outcomes,” NVRH Clinical Nurse Educator Kara Lawrence said. “So it’s really exciting that these folks have deepened their knowledge to best serve our patients.”