Our founder and president, Dr. Barbara Bates-Jensen, is a nurse, researcher, author, lecturer, teacher and mentor in wound care. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska and both her Master’s degree and Doctoral degree from UCLA. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an international expert in wound care.
Here is her story…
In February 2010 I volunteered in Haiti after the massive earthquake. Providing and directing care as the Chief of wound care services in the tent hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti one month after the earthquake was truly life changing. I saw first-hand the need for wound care for the trauma wounds from the earthquake but also for chronic wounds. These experiences opened my eyes to the needs of wound patients and clinicians around the world. Like many people, my work in Haiti transformed me, compelling me to try and make a difference in wound care by improving wound research, education and clinical health for patients and clinicians globally. I am well aware that there are significant wound problems here in the U.S. too. Too little knowledge about diagnosis and treatment of wounds and not enough access to therapies, medical technologies, and wound care professionals afflict many areas of the U.S.
I believe that together we can raise public awareness of the needs of wound patients and clinicians and improve the quality of wound care globally.