Certification through the American Board of Wound Management

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American Board of Wound Management
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An experienced nurse practitioner, Seana Rutherford focuses in family practice at Premier Physicians, a clinic based in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Along with her nursing degrees from Ursuline College and the University of Akron, Seana Rutherford holds certification as a wound specialist from the American Board of Wound Management.

Certifying as a wound specialist benefits both the healthcare professional and his or her patients. On the nurse practitioner (NP) side, the designation elevates medical careers and it helps individuals stand out as having extra experience and knowledge. For patients, especially those with chronic wounds, being in the care of a wound specialist can notably enhance their daily living.

Applicants, including nurses, physicians, therapists, and technicians, must obtain a minimum three years of experience before becoming eligible for the certification exam with the American Board of Wound Management. Successful candidates demonstrate proficiency in diagnosing, cleaning, and treating wounds, and they must renew every 10 years.

Wounds related to radiation and pressure, as well as vascular and diabetic ulcers, are commonly treated by a certified specialist. Patients typically reach out to such healthcare professionals when a particular wound remains unhealed after roughly four weeks of therapy with a non-specialist.

How Are Nurse Practitioners Different from Other Nurses?

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Nurse Practitioners
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As a certified nurse practitioner with Premier Physicians of Fairview Park, Ohio, Seana Rutherford provides a high professional standard of healthcare to people with acute and chronic conditions. Before establishing herself professionally, Seana Rutherford secured her master of science in nursing from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) differ from other types of nurses in the broader range of health services they offer and in their more advanced education. To become an NP, people must secure not only undergraduate nursing training but also graduate nursing training. The latter can take the form of a master’s or even doctoral degree.

Such training allows NPs to furnish care at levels associated more often with physicians than nurses. For example, NPs can diagnose illnesses by ordering lab work and performing examinations. Furthermore, they can follow up on those diagnoses by prescribing drug treatments. NPs, as part of a national healthcare infrastructure that includes doctors and nurses, represent an important cost-saving solution. Numerous studies have found that NPs help hospitals lower overhead while also improving outcomes.