Erin Scott Tapia, BSN, RN, CWON
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Erin Scott Tapia began her professional healthcare journey in 2007, when she joined VCU Health System as a care partner on a fast-paced medical/surgical unit. Her interest in healthcare stems from her short but exciting stent as a BLS provider with Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad, where her parents and brother are also life members. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and accepted a position as an RN on the same unit where she had learned so much as a care partner. Over the years, her interests in the complex and rewarding world of wound and ostomy care grew, having been a unit champion for pressure injury prevention. She accepted a position on the Wound Care Team at VCU Health in 2015 and remains in this role. Her interests include complex wound healing interventions that require a multidisciplinary approach and all research that involves finding a biomarker for skin failure and predicting pressure injury occurrence. She is currently preparing to begin a study in collaboration with the biomedical chemistry department at VCU that will analyze lipid profiles in both the blood and wound fluid to determine the healing phase of a chronic wound – the first step in creating a point-of-care test for wound care specialists that may assist in treatment planning.