Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Wound Care Services recently enhanced its bedside wound care through additional staff training through the Wound Treatment Associate course, offered by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society and MGH&FC’s Continuing Education program. 

The WTA program is an educational wound care program for non-specialty, licensed wound care providers. It offers a completion certificate in contact hours where participants must pass a written post-test and satisfactorily demonstrate competency in: performing risk assessment, pressure ulcer prevention, basic management of incontinence associated dermatitis and skin tears, documentation of wound status, application of a four-layer compression wrap, and measuring an ankle brachial index. The title is renewable in two years.

Sally Petersen, RN; Donna Scott, RN; Rochelle Saeger, LPN;  Kendra Ksen, RN; and Tiffany Preston, RN earned their WTA title by putting in more than 23 contact continuing education hours to upgrade their skills and complete the program.

“They worked very hard and should be proud of their accomplishment,” said Lena McGinnis, BSN, RN, CWCN, wound care supervisor at MGH&FC.  “This was an ‘extracurricular course’ the Hospital offered to its staff, who put in their own time and effort to enhance the skills that allow us to continue to offer excellence in care.”

MGH&FC is approved by the Joint Commission, and MGH is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation.  There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties.