Two members of the New Milford Visiting Nurse & Hospice professional nursing staff recently received certification from the National Alliance of Wound Care.

Registered nurses Patricia Farquharson and Roseann Jones completed a four-day course and passed the national exam entitling them to use the credential of Wound Care Certified.

The purpose of obtaining this certification is to provide current evidence-based skin and wound management, to provide a comprehensive approach to skin care in risk assessment, wound assessment, patient treatment plans, and the ability to treat acute and chronic or non-healing wounds.

The nurses also identify nutritional and other physical factors affecting wound care.

Farquharson has been on the staff of New Milford VNA & Hospice since 2003. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, where she obtained R.N. and B.S. degrees in nursing.

Jones has been with NMVNA & Hospice for five years and received R.N. and A.S. degrees from Norwalk Community Technical College.

"Our agency is very proud of this achievement on the part of these two wonderful nurses," said Andrea Wilson, executive director of New Milford VNA & Hospice.

"Having this certification enables us to provide the latest in wound care techniques not only to our post-surgical patients and their families," she added, "but to others who may need advanced wound care as part of their overall treatment program."

"Our nurses work closely with the patient's primary care physician in choosing the best wound treatment plan for the individual and their type of wound," Wilson said. "The benefits of this care include a decrease in pain, healing time, cost and risk of infection. We are very pleased to be able to offer this service to our clients."