Diane L. Krasner, PhD, RN, CWCN, CWS, MAPWCA, FAAN

Diane L. Krasner, PhD, RN, CWCN, CWS, MAPWCA, FAAN


Dr. Krasner is a board-certified wound specialist with experience in wound, ostomy, and continence care across the continuum of care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Master of the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr. Krasner is a wound and skin care consultant and part-time nursing and medical assistant instructor in York, PA. Dr. Krasner graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Ancient Near Eastern History and Egyptology. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Nursing, and PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (Baltimore, MD) and a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from Johns Hopkins School of Continuing Studies. Dr. Krasner was a Johnson & Johnson Medical Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Nursing Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Dr. Krasner served as the lead co-editor of 5 editions of Chronic Wound Care: A Clinical Source Book for Healthcare Professionals (1991–2012, HMP Communications, Malvern, PA) and is the sole editor of Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials (2014, HMP Communications, Malvern, PA, www.cwc-essentials.com). She has served on numerous editorial boards and currently is involved with the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, Ostomy Wound Management, Long-Term Living, International Journal of Wound Care, World Wide Wounds, WoundSource, and WOUNDS. Since 1992, Dr. Krasner has served on the board of directors and as an officer of several national wound care organizations.

Dr. Krasner’s research interests include wound pain, palliative wound care, and legal issues related to wound care. She has numerous publications in the wound care literature and lectures nationally and internationally on wound and skin care.

Why Wound Care?

I’ve been a registered nurse for more than 35 years. After practicing medical-surgical nursing for a couple of years as a new graduate, I landed a teaching position in a hospital-based registered nursing program. After every rotation, my students presented a post-conference on pressure ulcers; the topic completely fascinated me. The nursing students’ clinical hours were fulfilled at North Charles General Hospital (Baltimore, MD), where I observed CeCe Rund, RN, an enterostomal therapy nurse, practicing. I was so impressed by CeCe’s knowledge of ostomies, wounds, and incontinence, as well as her independent role, that I said to myself, “Someday I want to grow up to be a wound nurse like CeCe.” She has been my professional role model ever since!

In 1985, I left teaching to attend the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program at Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. It was the best decision of my nursing career and my life, and I’ve never looked back! I couldn’t have imagined then what opportunities a career as a wound nurse would offer me. Not only is there the significant benefit of knowing you help patients with wounds and their caregivers every day, but there also have been other amazing “perks.” I’ve contributed articles and columns to numerous journals; had the chance to edit the textbook Chronic Wound Care; and have been able to continue my nursing education all the way to the PhD level. Over the years, as my expertise in wound care has grown, I’ve lectured (and traveled) across the United States, Canada, and worldwide. Over the past decade, I’ve become a wound nurse expert witness, reviewing legal cases involving wound care, writing expert reports, and testifying at depositions and trials. Throughout the years, it has never been “just a job,” but rather a “mission” or a “calling” — the call to care.

  • Being a wound nurse has been an incredible journey!
  • Being a wound nurse has opened so many doors!
  • Being a wound nurse has provided me with diverse and exciting opportunities and experiences!

My dearest friends are wound people. I truly can’t imagine doing anything else. If you are looking for a fascinating nursing specialty with autonomy, built-in, life-long learning, and a unique opportunity to touch the lives of patients and their caregivers, consider becoming a wound care nurse!

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