Anne Walsh, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CWOCN, ACHPN has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and an NP for over 15 years and is currently working as a nurse practitioner for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) hospice program. She provides wound and ostomy consults for hospice patients with complex wound and ostomy needs in addition to conducting both home and facility face-to-face visits to evaluate patients for ongoing hospice eligibility. The wound consult visits often include bedside sharp debridement of wounds with necrotic tissue to palliate the symptoms of odor and excessive drainage.
She conducts wound care educational training for the nursing and medical staff. She serves as a preceptor to NP students and both physician and NP fellows training in hospice and palliative care and for those with a special interest in wound care. She has assisted in the development of a hospice/palliative wound care protocols and a wound care formulary to both standardize wound care for improvement of outcomes and to provide more cost-effective wound care.
NP Walsh has published on the topics of wound care management, pain management in the setting of advanced illness and co-morbid substance use disorder, and on the eligibility criteria for hospice and palliative care.
She is retained by attorneys as an expert wound consultant to complete medical chart reviews and to provide legal testimony at trial for numerous hospitals and nursing homes facing malpractice litigation for the development of pressure injuries or for the worsening of pressure injuries.