Wound Care Nursing

How to Become a Wound Care Nurse

Wound nurses care 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. Wound nurses often work with a healthcare team, assessing patients, managing wounds, alleviating pain and monitoring healing. In addition to providing direct care, Certified Wound Care Nurses educate patients, caretakers and other medical professionals on the management and prevention of wounds.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • EARN WOC CERTIFICATION

$44,000 - $95,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Preventing bedsores
  • Treating ulcers, abscesses and feeding tube sites to speed healing
  • Cleaning wounds and developing wound care treatment plans
  • Administering pain medication and pain management procedures

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Wound care centers
  • Individual patients’ homes
  • Nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Hospices
  • Public health agencies

Certification

RN, plus Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) Certification