That chubby kid in the picture – that’s me (with my Grandmother, a really great woman).
I’m a real person and I teach from what I’ve learned. I’m a husband, father, and active nurse practitioner. I show up for shifts every week like you do. Sometimes I’m working in a busy emergency department. Other times, I’m in a busy urgent and primary care clinic. I deal with real patients who have real problems. I’m fully connected with actual practice.
I started teaching around 2 years ago through one platform or another. It eventually led me to the belief that I could contribute to my fellow Advanced Practice Providers through continuing education. That spawned WhiteCoat Education Group, LLC which, in it’s current state, is less a group and more my wife and me (she’s fantastic and, yes, that’s proper grammar).
I actually shot the footage for OSC on my off days over the course of a year. I learned how to edit video, and then I learned as much as I could about the vast world of websites. It still gives me a headache and brings a tear to my not-so-chubby-anymore eye when I think about that steep learning curve. I’m still learning, though. Ultimately, that’s what brought you here – the desire to continue learning. So, let’s keep learning together.
You Signed Up to Be a Professional
Yes – you did.
My wife and I have eight kiddos. Yep, eight. Six boys and two girls. We homeschool, and we do many other activities that are just us. This includes hair cuts. I love adjustable trimmers. This makes hair cutting time a breeze and gives my boys that oh-so-awesome high and tight military cut. I’m great at cutting their hair (my wife is, too). But, we are not professional cosmeticians. We know how to use one tool and cut hair in one, maybe two, ways. Professional cosmeticians can handle essentially any haircut request that walks through their door.
You – at this stage in your game – might know one, two, maybe three suturing techniques. That doesn’t qualify you as a professional when it comes to closing wounds. You earned your license, and you practice (in every sense of the word) daily to be a professional. Why sell yourself – and your patients – short when it comes to being a professional wound closer? Knowing only a few techniques severely limits your capabilities, and your patient outcomes may even be suffering.
Practice to your full potential by learning as much as you can about suturing and wound closure. You signed up to be a professional, so be one.
OSC is More Than Just Techniques
With OSC, I will teach you more than you thought you could ever learn about wound closure. I know you’ve seen this list a few times already on the site, but really read it. You’ll exit the course having earned 9.5 CE credits, and with enhanced knowledge and training with each of these topics:
- 11 Closure Methods
- 3 Anesthesia Approaches (infiltration, digital blocks, and field blocks)
- The A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure Method (yes, it does help you ace your closures every time)
- 9 Focused Body-Region Closures
- Special Discussion of Pediatric Lacerations
- Special Discussion of Anti-coagulated Patients
- Special Discussion of Poorly Healing Lacerations
- Treatment of Open Fractures
- Treatment of Animal Bites
- Appropriate Follow-up Care
- Charting Fully and Defensively to Enhance Reimbursement and Medicolegal Protection
- And, seriously, much more
Becoming part of the OSC learning family makes you part of a socially responsible organization.
I have a soft spot for Ethiopia. I’ve spent a lot of time there. I’ve walked through the streets of Korah and seen the poverty, paucity, and poor living conditions. I’ve visited the orphanages of Shashamane and seen the pride that young school children have when given a chance to learn who they are and what they’re capable of (less than 9% actually get this chance). I’ve bled, sweated, cried, and loved with the people of Ethiopia. They have a real need for change, and an awesome non-profit NGO called charity: water has built a big presence in Ethiopia, bringing clean drinking water to thousands and alleviating some of the burden linked to something we find so commonplace.
To learn more about what OSC is doing to partner with charity: water, click here. The bottom-line is that we’re helping, and joining the OSC learning family makes you an active participant in that help, too.