Karen Vuong completed the Rutgers University-Camden Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Education Program. She decided to follow her passion and applied for a job far from home. She was recently hired as a wound care nurse at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is her story:

“I have been a nurse for 4 years in a geriatric unit and have seen and treated many different types of wounds. As I became more and more comfortable with wound care and learning the products, I became a resource on my unit to the newer nurses. Instead of running away from wounds, I began to run toward it. When it came time to figure out what I wanted to do outside of floor nursing, I realize I did not want to completely leave the patient’s side. I wanted to support not only the patient but also the nurses and doctors. I decided I wanted to specialize in Wound and Ostomy.” 

I completed the (Rutgers University-Camden) program in the fall of 2019 and passed my Wound, Ostomy and Continence certifications via WOCNCB early 2020. I had decided to push my boundaries and try travel nursing. I saw a travel nurse position in Hawaii for a Wound and Ostomy RN position. I decided to just try and apply despite not having official WOC experience. And I got it!

So here I am, in Hawaii working as a WOC nurse and loving it! I’m learning a lot and gaining a lot of experience. Everyone is appreciative of the knowledge I bring to the bedside. I owe Rutgers’ instructors and my preceptor for the knowledge I gained from them. It has made me a stronger nurse and I look forward to my next adventure; wherever it may be!”

– Karen Vuong, BSN RN CMSRN WOCN
Rutgers University, School of Nursing