May 9, 2012

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Wound Care Swagger

By: Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, WCC, CWCMS, DWC

I was thrilled to be asked to write a blog for Wound Care Advisor. They asked me to come up with a name for the blog. I thought it would be easy… NOT ! I found myself doing all this research on how to make up a good name that would be catchy and memorable. I reached out to all my wound care friends for ideas and started a long list of names. Every morning I would look at this list and add more. Then I said I had to STOP THE INSANITY! I had to refocus and asked myself… who are you writing the blog for? It’s for people like me! I am a nurse that is in love with wound care, I have been in this field for almost two decades—ouch! that just dated me. I started at bedside then moved to an educator role co-founding the Wound Care Education Institute where we have taught over 16,000 clinicians, spreading the knowledge of Wound Care so they can make a difference in their patients’ lives. I am that person that “gets the rush” every time I see a wound.

It took me years to feel confident as a wound care clinician even after I got certified. Yeah, it was great to pass the test but it took time and experience for me to feel that I was “on game”. I would travel around with all my wound care books in the trunk of my car double checking on things and being obsessed by making sure I was doing everything just right. It’s normal, I am human…..and it takes time to get the “Swagger”.

Ah, that is it…its “Swagger” That’s the name for the blog…swagger, which means, confidence, comfortable with yourself, maybe even a little sassy! I like it…..its trendy with a little bit of edge to it.

Maybe you have some “Wound Care Swagger” too?

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DISCLAIMER: All clinical recommendations are intended to assist with determining the appropriate wound therapy for the patient. Responsibility for final decisions and actions related to care of specific patients shall remain the obligation of the institution, its staff, and the patients’ attending physicians. Nothing in this information shall be deemed to constitute the providing of medical care or the diagnosis of any medical condition. Individuals should contact their healthcare providers for medical-related information.

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45 thoughts on “Wound Care Swagger”

  1. Maureen Van Horn RN,WCC,CWCA says:

    got the swagger too!!!

  2. Maureen Van Horn RN,WCC,CWCA says:

    Got the swagger too!!

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Yay Maureen I love to hear this!! Thanks for your post!

  3. jane gale says:

    I definitely relate to wanting to know all i can about wounds. I have so many questions. One is …i thought a partial thikness wound did not have eschar or slough

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Hi Jane, a partial thickness wound does not have eschar or slough you are correct. A good way of remembering this is think of the 3 P’s-Pink, Partial & Painful, it will always be these if its partial thickness. I use this when I am teaching and its kinda of catchy! Hope that helps & thanks for your post!

      1. Donna DeRoche-Smith says:

        Just my 2 cents! When teaching, I always use the term, “pretty n pink” for partial thickness, and once you get a “different” color tissue in that pretty n pink wound, it’s no longer a partial thickness wound.
        So, Nancy, would that be a good analogy of my “keeping it simple” explanation??

  4. imaWCC2 says:

    I love the name and look forward to getting the Wound Care Swagger! Thank you!

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Thanks imaWCC2 !!! Love your “name” btw 🙂
      Your feedback is important to me.
      I can tell you have some “wound care swagger” already w/ that name–Yay!

  5. Debra Hammers-Bennett says:

    Congratulations! Love the name!
    Proud to be a WCC “Swagger”.

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Hey Deb………always good to hear from you. Hope your doing well out there on the east coast! See you at WOW !!!

  6. Michelle Gaudio, RN, WCC says:

    I’ve got the swagger!

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Hi Michelle now that is what I love to hear! Keep Healing!

  7. Nancy Morgan says:

    Hey Deb………always good to hear from you. Hope your doing well out there on the east coast! See you at WOW !!!

  8. Missy Moore says:

    I got wound swagger, and I got it from YOU!

  9. WoundHealer says:

    I got the swagger, some days more than others… The art of healing certainly has it’s challenges but so worth it.. LOVE this website!

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      I totally understand where u r coming from! That is why it’s so nice to socialize and reach out to others to keep our Swagger up! We can all lean on ea other 🙂

  10. Drew Griffin says:

    Nice Post Nancy! Glad to see you Blogging!

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Thanks Drew my you are my social media mentor!! 🙂 I have learned alot from you! Thanks for all u share!

  11. Veronica Mcgeorge LPN says:

    Thank;s I’m pursuing my career as RN and hope you will keep the swagg, I would love to have you to answer questions and keep me informed related to wound care.

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      You got it Veronica! I am here to help in away congrats on getting your RN! Thanks for your post!

  12. Jim Winkler, RN, WCC, DWC says:

    Nancy, great start to your blog. Swagger ON!! I am looking forward to a little show of Swagger at the DWC certification committee meeting in July. R U going to B around?

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Hi Jim, Swagger ON back at you! I heard its sometime in July which is close to my house I will out from Debbie Hecker and maybe I can come in one night and do dinner with all you guys. I would like that.
      Thanks for your post! See you soon! Nancy

      1. Jim Winkler, RN, WCC, DWC says:

        Sounds Good Nancy. I look forward to meeting you.

  13. Kimberly says:

    Wonderful site! I am studying for my exam and am looking forward reading your issues. Wonderful start!

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Thanks for your feeback Kimberly! Good luck on your exam. Go get em! 🙂

  14. Jack says:

    nice post

  15. Angie Beek says:

    Love the name Nancy!! The swagger is challenged everyday…still learning everyday since certified 6 years ago!! Hoping to make it to WOW one of these years again!! Angie

      1. Nancy Morgan says:

        Hi Angie thanks for your post and I will look forward to seeing u at WOW! Congrats on your 6 yrs as a WCC yay!

  16. Joseph says:

    brilliant!!!

      1. Nancy Morgan says:

        What I was trying to type from my phone which didnt work lol……..is I love your icon! Thanks for the post!

  17. Ejiria Walker, LPN, WCC says:

    I definitely got swagger ;)! It’s nice being the know it all of wound care (ha, ha, ha).
    I actually received my WCC training from you in Las Vegas back in 2007. It was GREAT! Thank you.

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Great to hear from you Ejiria! 2007 in Vegas oh yeah! You are up to your 5 yrs already…….time flys huh? Glad you “got the swagger” ! Thanks for your post!

  18. MSNTNS says:

    I definitely got the swagger. I am looking forward to hearing all of the different techniques used for wound healing and the challenges each person has over come as a WCC.

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Great MSNTNS! I am trying to figure out your name you must be a nurse w/ a MSN in TN ? Do I have that right? Very swagger 🙂

  19. Simone Minor RNWCC says:

    Love the name Nancy
    Just starting out but hope to be swagged soon……LOL

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Hey Simone your on our WCEI Facebook page with us too I believe. Thanks for your posts and everyday you get “more swagger” the more you see and do the more swagger you get 🙂

  20. mohhamed says:

    Hi, I want to kow if we can use hydrogel and antimicrobial dressings at the same time .
    Thank you.

    1. Nancy Morgan says:

      Hydrogels are used to donate moisture to the wound. Antimicrobial dressings are needed to address issues of bioburden in wounds. The best way to deliver both therapies to the wound is using a product the contains both. There are many gels on the market that are formulated to both donate moisture and address bioburden with the addition of silver to the product. The only way to know if you can use two separate products together is to read the package inserts and instructions for use for both products. Do they both require to be used as the primary dressing – the dressing that is in direct contact with the wound? How could you accomplish this? Are there any studies that say these 2 products can be used together without decreasing the effectiveness of either? Are there any contraindications for the use of one or the other in combination? To make this easier, it is often easier to use a product that is developed with both issues addressed in one FDA approved product.

      I hope this helps.
      Here is a few links for products for ideas:
      http://www.anacapa-tech.net/products/silver-sept-antimicrobial-gel/
      http://www.allegromedical.com/wound-care-c541/silvasorb-hydrogel-1-5oz-tubes-p214872.html
      http://cutimed.com/awc/wound-bed-preparation/autolytic-debridement/hydrogel/

  21. Sara says:

    Hi dear officer
    Im a general surgeon and one of my pt after split thickness graft has hypergranulation tissue in donor site and some part of his recipient . I’m interstated to know if I can use align ate dressing in this 6 years old pt
    I really appreciate it

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