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.