Elizabeth Day Dechant, CWOCN
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Elizabeth Day Dechant

Elizabeth graduated from UAB with a BSN in Nursing in 2005. She gained nursing experience in Neuro ICU, Home Hospice Care and Pediatric Cardiovascular ICU before becoming a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse in 2014. She attended the WOC Nursing Education Program at Emory University for this specialty and also earned a certification in Foot and Nail Care. She has been a WOC Nurse at Children’s of Alabama since 2014, where she provides wound treatment recommendations and ongoing management of both inpatients and outpatients with acute and chronic wounds as well as complex ostomy issues. She also provides staff education on skin and wound care as well as ostomy care and works diligently with the Pressure Injury Prevention team to reduce hospital acquired pressure injuries.  She is a member of the Central Alabama WOC Nurses’ Association as well as the National WOCN Society and she volunteers regularly with One Roof at Project Homeless Connect to provide foot and nail care for Birmingham’s homeless population. Nursing is a second career for Elizabeth. She previously earned a BFA in Studio Art (painting) from UAB and worked as a fine artist for several years before becoming a nurse. She believes that wound care is an art which requires a unique combination of creativity and evidence-based care.