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Originally published: 2014-07-07 10:55:45
Last modified: 2014-07-07 10:56:28

Life Care Center LPN earns certification

Darlene McGuire, a licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, recently earned her wound care certification from the Wound Care Education Institute.

McGuire took a weeklong intensive course in how wounds develop, how to treat each type of wound, available dressings and resources and how nutrition impacts wound healing.

"I feel proud that Life Care Center of Banner Elk paid for me to further my education and take this training," McGuire said. "I have a broader base of knowledge and access to wound care education to provide the most up-to-date care for our residents. And I have already begun using this knowledge in our facility."

As a wound care nurse, McGuire assesses wounds of all kinds, provides treatment and makes weekly rounds to ensure the proper care is given at each stage of healing. She also educates other nursing staff so that they are able to provide the care needed.

The health care industry has changed tremendously in the last few years, and patients are discharged from the hospital faster. As a result, skilled nursing and rehab centers such as Life Care Center of Banner Elk are seeing patients at an earlier stage of healing than previously -- including those with wounds, a center spokesman said.

 Life Care Center of Banner Elk is one of two skilled nursing facilities in North Carolina operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.