Kara S. Couch, MS, CRNP, CWS, is a nurse practitioner in the Division of Rheumatology. She practices at the Limb Preservation Center at the George Washington (GW) University Hospital. Prior to joining the staff at GW, Kara worked at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She srves as a member of the International Consolidated Guidelines Task Force for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and is the co-leader of the International Consolidated Venous Ulcer Guideline which was updated in 2015. She lectures nationally on wound care topics and has been published multiple times in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on wound care.
National Nurses Week, celebrated May 6-12, 2017, offers an opportunity to reflect on the art and science of the profession, which combines clinical knowledge and the ability to make a difference in lives, which can only be gained through hands-on experience.