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Barbara Sergeant, BSN, BSc, RN, CWON

Barbara Sergeant, BSN, BSc, RN, CWON

Associate Director of Nursing
NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care

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Excellence in Clinical Nursing

Being an avid reader as a child set Barbara Sergeant on the road to becoming a nurse, and she has mapped out a singular journey towards nursing excellence as a wound, ostomy and continence specialist over her 20-year career.

“One of the books that made an impression on me, was “The Lady with the Lamp,” the story of Florence Nightingale,” Sergeant recalls. “I worked at other jobs but did not feel as if I was making a worthwhile contribution. I finally entered nursing and developed a desire to become a wound care nurse. The WOCN program was not offered in New York at that time, so I traveled to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio; my course work and clinical experience there were priceless and have prepared me to serve our patients in the best way possible.”

Currently working with NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care, Sergeant encounters some complex cases, but she credits support from management and interdisciplinary collaboration with helping patients achieve good outcomes.

“A genuine sense of caring, patient advocacy, care coordination, a good knowledge base and being outcome-oriented are qualities that, in my opinion, make a good nurse.”
Barbara Sergeant, Associate Director of Nursing

“I believe I have consistently demonstrated the principles of nursing excellence by providing our patients in Community Care with the best evidence-based wound care; among the best in New York City and nationwide as evidenced by our outcome scores,” she says.

Looking to the future, Sergeant would like to encourage other nurses to enter the wound care specialty, and she hopes to share her knowledge with others. “I would like to see more nurses gravitate towards wound care,” she comments, pointing to the prevalence of diabetes-induced pressure ulcers and surgical site infections. “This career path can be rewarding to the individual nurses, invaluable to the healthcare setting the nurses choose to work in, and ultimately, extremely beneficial to the patients who will require their services.”

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