Nashville, TN, June 14, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Carolyn Watts has enjoyed a long and lucrative career in the field of nursing and has amassed almost fifty years in her trade to date.
She began pursuing a career in nursing when she enrolled at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois in 1967 to study for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She graduated in 1971 and progressed straight into practice as a Registered Nurse. Within six years into her career she pursued an MSN in Nursing from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1977, and during her studies, was an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society.
She then secured a position as Director of Nursing Services at Livingston Community Hospital in Tennessee, where she was responsible for overseeing the nursing staff, as well as their education and training, quality of care, safety, budgeting and conducting community education classes.
After eight years in this role, she relocated to New Orleans, where she worked as an ICU Nurse for Touro Infirmary, before moving on to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where her role took on several forms: she served as an Associate in Surgery, a Clinical Nurse Specialist and an adjunct faculty member for the School of Nursing. Her nursing efforts involved the treatment of complex wound, ostomy and oncology cases, while her general nursing efforts were widely varied around the hospital. She would then relate some of her more complex endeavors to her students, as well as being active on numerous hospital committees, and hosting professional education presentations both locally and abroad.
Seventeen years into this very eclectic role, she moved on to Hollister Inc, based in Libertyville, Illinois in 2000, where she worked as a Clinical Education Specialist. This required her to provide training on products and resources for company representatives, as well as liaising with reps across the country to assist with product trials, clinical education and other issues.
Among these other roles, Carolyn has been a long-time associate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Since 1983, she has acted as a clinical nurse specialist and an Associate in Surgery, and as of 2002, resumed her role for the university as a Senior Associate in Surgery in the School of Medicine and as adjunct faculty at the School of Nursing. She has continued in both roles ever since, as well as taking on the various jobs she has held over the past.
Carolyn has authored a number of medical works during her career, including A Study to Compare the Overall Effectiveness of Two Hydrocolloid Dressings on Partial Thickness Wounds in Ostomy Wound Management, Management of Problem Wounds in Journal of Urological Nursing, Reducing Pressure Ulcer Prevalence in an ICU Setting and Identifying the Right Surface for the Right Patient at the Right Time: Generation and Content Validation of an Algorithm for Support Surface Selection in the Journal of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, as well as Implementation of an Evidence Based Support Surface Algorithm in the American Nurse.
She enjoys affiliation with The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society®, where she served as both Treasurer and President of the Society. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the Society. She also has an affiliation with the International Association of Professional Women, Sigma Theta Tau and the American and Tennessee Nurses Associations.
Outside of work, she volunteers her time and expertise to the American Cancer Society, as well as the March of Dimes and Alive Hospice. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her children.