Ms. Couch graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing (FNP) from Georgetown University in 2002. Since 2004, she has been credentialed as a Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. She became a Certified Wound Care Nurse-Advanced Practice by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Board in August 2018. Her primary wound interests are in amputee care, wound infection and venous ulcers.
Currently she works as an NP in the Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center at George Washington University Hospital. In 2018, Kara became the director of inpatient wound care at George Washington University Hospital. She is an assistant research professor of surgery at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University and Clinical Associate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Ms. Couch is the current nurse board member of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and the Secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). She is an editorial board member of Ostomy-Wound Management, Today’s Wound Clinic and WoundSource 2019. Kara is the liaison for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to the Alliance. In 2017, she was voted onto the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee of the Amputee Coalition. She became Chair in 2019.
During her tenure as a board member of AAWC, she has continued her work as co-chair of the Guidelines Task Force, member of the Education committee and the Public Policy Task Force. She also has been working on the annual Pressure Ulcer Summit and the Pressure Ulcer Description Tool as a steering committee member.
Teaching residents, medical, nursing and physical therapy students is one of her passions. Kara lectures nationally on various wound topics and is also the primary author or co-author on numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.
PhD, MS, RN, CWOCN
Dr. Bryant received her Baccalaureate in Nursing from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, her ET certificate from Jewish Hospital Washington University School of Enterostomal Therapy in St. Louis Missouri, a Masters in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Nursing from Washington State University in Spokane WA. Her dissertation focus was to identify factors contributing to adverse outcomes in the hospitalized patient with a present on admission or hospital acquired pressure ulcer.
Dr. Bryant has a career as a board certified WOC Nurse that spans over 30 years. During her career she has been clinically active in acute care with adults and pediatrics in Minneapolis, Omaha, Nebraska, Oklahoma City and Spokane WA. She has influenced and shaped the role of the WOC nurse and patient care through her many positions on the Board of Directors of the WOCN Society, including 2 terms as President, and through her faculty and director positions in two WOC Nursing Education Programs. Dr. Bryant is the co-creator of the first web based WOC nursing education program, the webWOC Nursing Education Program, which was launched in 1999, in Minneapolis Minnesota. She is the co-editor of “Acute and Chronic Wounds: Current Management Techniques”, currently in its 5th edition.
Ruth was in Spokane Washington for the past 6 years where she completed her PhD, worked in wound care and was the Nurse Researcher at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Ruth returned to Minnesota in October of 2017 to be the Director of Nursing Research at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Currently, Dr. Bryant is President-Elect of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC).
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