There is one NURSE position open for the 2020 election.

Each nominee was asked to write a statement in response to the following:
The AAWC Board of Directors serves to advance the initiatives of the AAWC which are focused on the strategic plan consisting of the four pillars of education, public policy, research and infrastructure. Describe how your qualifications align with all four pillars and your plans to support the Board in its efforts to meet AAWC's strategic objectives...

Meet the two 2020 nurse candidates...

Karen Bauer DNP, APRN-FNP, CWS
Member since 2015
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STATEMENT: I have participated in and plan to continue to participate in planning of AAWC related educational events buy serving on the Education Steering Committee as a co-chair. I am passionate about education and mentoring and aim to promote members' ability to expand their knowledge, skill, and involvement. Public Policy is an area that I seek to gain experience and involvement. To do this, I will seek out mentors and engage in related education. I am on the editorial board of two wound specific journals and continue to expand my research activity in the academic institution in which I practice.  Having achieved my Doctorate of Nursing practice, I have special experience in systems management and high-quality care delivered in a standardized way . I serve the centers in which I work in an administrative role as well as a clinical role and will aim to share this knowledge and experience with others to promote organized infrastructure both in the organization and the field of wound care in general.


Laura Swoboda DNP, APNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN
Member since 2017
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STATEMENT:  My personal ethos as a wound specialist and health care provider aligns with the AAWCs four pillars.
As providers we require education in best practices to then be able to optimally instruct patients on why and how to best care for their wounds. I engage in all levels of education which includes personal commitment to lifelong learning, teaching courses as a Professor of Translational Science, and participating in the creation of educational wound content: quizzes, podcasts, videos, written essays, infographics.

There are multiple tools available to assist wounds towards to closure, but these tools are too often inaccessible to patients. Through public policy we can advocate for patient access to wound care modalities that can help them heal. I frequently write government representatives on topics that impact patient care including lymphedema treatment, diabetic footwear, home health care, and coverage of wound supplies. By engaging stakeholders in wound supply coverage I have been able to increase supply coverage by a local insurance provider.

I am a passionate scientist who truly enjoys the research process. I enjoy reading articles from diverse specialties, and further participate as a peer reviewer for wound care journals. In my role as a Professor of Translational Science I lead research, QI, and EBP projects at my facility whose results are then disseminated at local, regional, and national conferences. Wound research impacts the insurance coverage, usage, and provider reimbursement of wound therapies as well as directing care to optimize patient outcomes. Access to research is a critical aspect of translational science.

To understand what can be accomplished within a system the infrastructure needs to be understood. To promote positive change in an organization one should understand who are the stakeholders, what resources are available, and how can those resources be used to accomplish strategic goals.