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Words on Wounds

A forum to discuss the latest news and ideas in skin and wound care.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

What Is Mentorship?


I was recently asked to co-present at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring conference in San Antonio, Texas, with one of my mentors in wound care, Dr. Diane Krasner. Dr. Krasner was selected to receive the annual John Boswick Memorial Award and Lectureship for lifelong achievement and dedication in the field of wound care, and it was an honor to share the stage with her. I took this opportunity to reflect on mentorship and quality of a mentor.

To me, a mentor is:

  1. Inspiring. By definition, to inspire is to fill someone with enthusiasm, excitement, or the ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Over the last 20 years, I have been inspired by Dr. Krasner's work on wound-related pain and patient lived experiences. Based on her work and research from other investigators and scholars, I proposed a comprehensive, unifying model of wound-related pain.
  2. Collaborative. Dr. Krasner constantly seeks to involve others in her work, including clinicians like myself who are newer to the field and benefit so much from working and publishing with her. Her relationships become our relationships, resulting in a "family" of mentors to draw on.
  3. Visionary. Back in 2011, Dr. Krasner started a debate about the staging system for pressure injuries. She proposed the superficial skin changes and Deep Pressure Ulcer Framework that was published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care1 and stated that superficial wounds like stage 1 and stage 2 pressure injuries are caused by different factors than deep stage 3 and 4 pressure injuries.
  4. Passionate. She is passionate about wound care and would like to attract more students and young nurses into the profession.  She is the mastermind behind Why Wound Care,2 a website that promotes wound care education and careers.
  5. Generosity. Dr. Krasner is a very thoughtful person, generous with her time and expertise, and she has involved me in so many projects. I continue to get many calls from Dr. Krasner, telling me "I have a project for you."

I want to congratulate Dr. Krasner on her well-deserved recognition and award; thank you for mentoring me.

To view the presentation from SAWC, General Session Day 4: John Boswick Memorial Award & Lectureship: Themes From a Career in Wound Care and Beyond, visit


  1. Sibbald RG, Krasner DL, Woo KY. Pressure ulcer staging revisited: superficial skin changes & Deep Pressure Ulcer Framework. Adv Skin Wound Care 2011;24(12):571-80.
  2. Why Wound Care? Last accessed May 30, 2019.