Dr. Diane Krasner to Present on the Why Wound Care Initiative at National Student Nurses Association Meeting

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Leading wound care expert to speak about the benefits of a specialized wound care nursing career

Diane Krasner

Diane Krasner, PhD, RN, CWCN, CWS, MAPWCA, FAAN

I’m passionate about wound care, but I recognize the increasing need to attract a new generation of students to our specialty early in their nursing careers.

More than 3,000 attendees gathering for the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Spring Conference from March 30−April 3, 2016 in Orlando, FL will have the opportunity to learn about the Why Wound Care?™ (WWC?) initiative through a series of three presentations delivered by Diane L. Krasner, PhD, RN, CWCN, CWS, MAPWCA, FAAN, a wound care nurse and leading expert in the field.

Dr. Krasner will deliver her “Jump Start Your Career as a Wound Care Nurse,” presentation to nursing students on April 2 and April 3. She will address nursing school faculty later on April 3 with a talk entitled “Filling the Need for Specialized Wound Care Nurses."

Dr. Krasner will serve as clinical co-chairperson for the WWC? initiative along with Lia van Rijswijk, MSN, RN, CWN.

“As a wound care specialized nurse, consultant and expert witness for over 30 years, I was honored to be selected as clinical co-chairperson for the WWC? initiative,” said Dr. Krasner. “I’m passionate about wound care, but I recognize the increasing need to attract a new generation of students to our specialty early in their nursing careers. To achieve this goal, we’re providing best-in-class, complimentary educational resources on the WWC? website to help students interested in pursuing a fulfilling career as a wound care specialized nurse.”

Launched in 2015 by HMP Communications Holdings, LLC, the Why Wound Care?™ campaign was created to educate nursing students about the growing need for — and critical importance of — specialized wound care nurses, and to encourage nursing graduates to pursue additional training to become wound care certified.

The field of nursing is at a critical juncture. An aging U.S. population plus a wave of experienced nurses entering retirement have combined to create a significant shortage. That shortage is expected to reach more than 800,000 nurses by the year 2020, creating a high demand for those nurses who specialize in wound care. According to the Institute of Medicine 2011 report, The Future of Nursing, it is imperative that more nurses receive a solid education in how to manage complex conditions, coordinate care with multiple health professionals, and pursue additional education opportunities in order to meet future healthcare needs.(1)

The current shortage of specialized wound care nurses greatly increases the risk of substandard care for patients who are at risk for the development of wounds or wound-related complications. Currently, chronic wounds (including pressure ulcers, foot ulcers in people with diabetes mellitus, and venous insufficiency ulcers) affect approximately 6.5 million Americans annually. This number is expected to rise as the population ages and the prevalence of diabetes and obesity increases.(2)

The aim of the Why Wound Care™ campaign focuses on increasing awareness and delivering education. The campaign seeks to collaborate with nursing programs at universities throughout the country, elevate visibility for the specialty and promote careers in wound care. Why Wound Care?™ will provide nursing faculty with educational resources for integrating wound prevention and care into nursing curricula. The Why Wound Care?™ website gives nursing students, recent graduates, and nursing faculty access to a wealth of information and resources, including free instructional courses and discounts on continuing education events.

To learn more about Why Wound Care?™, visit whywoundcare.com or follow the campaign on Facebook: facebook.com/whywoundcare, or Instagram and Twitter: @WhyWoundCare, with the hashtag, #howweroll.

About the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
With a membership of 60,000 nationwide, the NSNA is the largest student nursing organization in the U.S. and mentors the professional development of future registered nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.

About HMP Communications Holdings, LLC
HMP Communications Holdings, LLC (HMP), a collaborative formed by HMP Communications, LLC and the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME), is a multi-channel leader in healthcare content and education, with a mission to improve patent care. The company produces clinically relevant, evidence-based journals, events and accredited, continuing education for the healthcare community, across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include Consultant, the monthly, award-winning journal relied upon by primary care practitioners and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the largest wound care meeting in the world. For more information, visit hmpholdings.com.

1. IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press
2. Sen CK, Gordillo GM, Roy S, et al. Human skin wounds: a major and snowballing threat to public health and the economy. Wound Repair and Regeneration. 2009;17(6):763-771.

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