AAWC Member Spotlight

Gretchen Arno, BSN, RN, CWS
Skilled Case Manager, Certified Wound Specialist Consultant, Promedica Home Health

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Wound Care, edema management
  1. What aspect of your AAWC membership do you value the most? 
    I value the camaraderie and collaboration afforded by being a member of the AAWC

  2. Did a specific person, circumstance, or goal inspire you to pursue your current profession? 
    While an RN working in med surge, then ICU, OR then home health I learned the potential progressive detriment of poor health which could lead to wounds. Through a comprehensive assessment, improvement of disease processes, and proper supportive management wounds can be healed, which is so very satisfying. I will forever be grateful to Karen Bauer DNP APRN FNP CWS for being my mentor and friend.

  3. What is one thing about working in wound care that you wish more people understood?
    I wish that more people understood that caffeine leads to vasoconstriction which leads to less blood flow to wounds which does not help the healing process.

  4. What are five adjectives that describe your personality?
    Caring, fervent, discerning, empathetic, intelligent

  5. What is your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment to date?
    My biggest professional accomplishment to date is passing the CWS and working as a Wound consultant
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