Malone Becomes Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse

Posted: 3/5/2015

Lisa MaloneRegistered nurse Lisa Malone recently earned certification from the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board as a Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON).

To earn certification, Malone completed continuing education through webWOC at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. She also performed 100 clinical hours in Sioux Falls, working with both outpatient and inpatient wound and ostomy cases. She also brings 25 years of nursing experience to her role, during which she has assisted with patient wound care and treatment.

As a CWON, Malone cares for patients and residents with wounds caused by medical treatments, diseases or injuries. She also provides post-surgery treatment and care for patients with ostomies, which are surgical openings that allow for the elimination of bodily waste.

Malone’s board certification ensures she possesses the knowledge and qualifications to provide specialized care to meet patients’ wound and ostomy needs. In her role, she helps the care team at Brookings Health System to asses and determine the cause of a wound, identify appropriate treatment options, and develop wound care plans. She also introduces techniques to prevent skin breakdown and help wounds, abscesses and feeding tube sites quickly heal. For ostomies, she evaluates and recommends pouching systems that provide containment and security and develops individual rehabilitation plans for patients.

She also educates patients and family members on self-care techniques, prevention and strategies to optimize healing. She can assist with problem solving and coordinating patient supplies for both wounds and ostomies.

Malone is available to see patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis, including visiting home health eligible patients in their residences. A physician referral is required. For more information, please call (605) 696-9000.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, a 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, Arlington Medical Center and White Medical Clinic. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.