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Friday, March 4, 2011

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Richmond VA Nurse Awarded Scholarship

Linda Droste awarded Nurse In Washington Internship Scholarship by Certification Organization

Milwaukee, WI February 3, 2011 The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB®), a non-profit organization that promotes the highest standard of consumer care and safety through specialty certification of Registered Nurses, is pleased to announce the winner of its second annual Scholarship to the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI). The winner is Linda R. Droste, RN, MSN, CWOCN, CBIS, of Richmond, VA.

Ms. Droste, who has been a wound, ostomy and continence nurse since 2000 and who is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), is employed at the Spinal Cord Injury and Polytrauma Units of Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Richmond.

Ms. Droste’s current focus is treatment of chronic pressure ulcers using platelet derived growth factors to stimulate ulcer healing, Potential Hydrogen Ion concentration as a predictor for wound healing, teaching brain injured patients to independently care for their ostomy and use of assistive device for patients with limited hand function for intermittent catherization.

In addition to her nursing duties, Ms. Droste serves as a parish nurse for Epiphany Lutheran Church, and has volunteered as an American Red Cross Nurse. She is a member of the Nursing Organization of the Veteran's Association; Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, and the Walden International Nursing Honor Society. Ms. Droste received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia State University, where she graduated Cum Laude, and received her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University.

Ms. Droste and her husband, Ben, have two children: Merritt, in law school and Caroline, who will begin pharmacy school in the fall.

According to Diana Gallagher, RN MS CWOCN CFCN, president of the WOCNCB, “Linda’s application stood out because of her work as a Veteran’s Association employee, volunteer involvement at the VA and WOCN Society, and because of her proven communication abilities as a writer and presenter. We look forward to Linda applying knowledge she gains at NIWI to positively influence the delivery and reimbursement of healthcare for the specialties of wound, ostomy, continence care and foot care.”

The WOCNCB sponsors the scholarship to NIWI in order to empower the scholarship winner to participate in important dialogs about patient care and healthcare reform with at the local, state and national levels. The scholarship includes internship registration and travel and lodging expenses to the internship, which is held in Washington, D.C. The 2011 program takes place March 13 through 15, 2011.


The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board is a professional, non-profit, 501 (c) (6) organization dedicated to providing consumer safety and protection by offering credentialing in the areas of wound, ostomy, continence and foot care nursing to registered nurses who meet WOCNCB’s stringent qualifications and pass its certification examination. WOCNCB certified nurses provide quality care to patients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home healthcare. WOCNCB has certified more than 6,100 registered nurses worldwide. WOCNCB’s wound, ostomy and continence certifications are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, a program of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, formerly the accreditation committee of the American Board of Specialty Nursing (ABNS).

Marsha S. Berenson, M.Ed.
Marketing Manager, WOCNCB