Tisha Barzyk is an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Wound Specialist. She has been practicing nursing since 1998. She received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2007 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2012 both from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. She has experience in medical, surgical, intensive care, emergency care, orthopaedics, vascular medicine and wound management.
Tisha spent the first nine years of her career working as a bedside and charge nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in a Level 1 Trauma Center. In 2007 she obtained her certification as a nurse practitioner and transitioned into care of orthopaedic trauma patients at the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute. While working there she developed protocols for surgical incision management, wounds with soft tissue loss, and superficial infections during her pursuit of her doctoral degree. Following graduation, she published a wound care application to make the basics of wound care knowledge accessible through smartphone technology, which is available in the Apple app store.
In 2012, Tisha began collaborating with a vascular surgeon where she provided care for patients with peripheral vascular disease and performing wound care at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. In 2014, she began working in the field of wound care full time where she worked as a consultant for wound care at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, The Health Center at Richland Place, NHC Hendersonville Rehabilitation Center, and Southern Hills Advanced Wound Care Center.
Tisha is now providing wound care as a consultant for Integumetrix for inpatient, outpatient and skilled nursing facility patients needing advanced wound management for acute and chronic wounds. She also works as a Professional Legal Nurse Consultant providing expert opinions on medical malpractice cases. Additionally, she is Adjunct Faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she lectures on wound management and also lectures nationally on skin and wound care topics to educate clinicians on wound management and wound prevention efforts in all healthcare settings.