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Herkimer BOCES adult LPN students learn about preventing, identifying, treating skin wounds
March 7, 2016



LPN wound care presentation
Mary Ellen Schrader, a registered nurse in the Advanced Wound Care Center at the Mohawk Valley Health System’s St. Elizabeth Medical Center, presents about skin wounds to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult education licensed practical nursing program students on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Remington Educational Complex in Ilion.



ILION – Students in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult education licensed practical nursing program recently had the opportunity to learn about the important role LPNs play in the field when dealing with skin wounds.

Mary Ellen Schrader, a registered nurse in the Advanced Wound Care Center at the Mohawk Valley Health System’s St. Elizabeth Medical Center, told the students that LPNs are often the first ones to see the skin wounds referred to as pressure ulcers and report them.

“You spend more time with the patients than we do,” she said. “We need your eyes, and we need you to be well informed.”

Schrader, who has been certified in wound ostomy care since 1981 and has been working in the Advanced Wound Care Center since 1983, visited the LPN students on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Herkimer BOCES Remington Educational Complex in Ilion. Herkimer County HealthNet covered the funding for the presentation.

Sara Nicolette, Herkimer BOCES LPN program coordinator, told the students it’s important that they hear Schrader’s presentation because they’re frontline caregivers.

“You’re going to see a lot of wounds,” Nicolette said. “It’s just something you need to know how to take care of.”

Schrader covered many topics such as how to prevent, identify and treat pressure ulcers. Pressure, friction, shearing and moisture are the leading causes of pressure ulcers, and they’re more common with elderly skin, she said. Various measures for prevention were discussed such as practicing good nutrition, using creams, turning and positioning patients and suspending patients’ heels so they’re floating above the bed.

“I hope that the information is going to benefit the work that they do because they are actually in the trenches,” Schrader said.

Nicolette agreed that the information would be help the students in their LPN careers.

“They’re direct-care nurses, and as such, it’s very important that they understand how to prevent, identify and follow through with treatment modalities for wound care,” Nicolette said.

Herkimer BOCES adult education has three classes in its LPN program: a full-time class, a part-time day class and a part-time evening class.

If you’re interested in joining the Herkimer BOCES adult practical nursing program, call 315-895-2210 or click here.



Wound care presentation for LPN wound care students


LPN students listen to wound care presentation





 
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