Wound Management Education Program - Spring 2014
Welcome to the Classroom!
This 30-contact hour course uses a unique combination of educational technologies, distance learning methodologies, and classroom learning to prepare nurses to practice evidence-based wound management with expanded skills and knowledge. Content is based on national wound management guidelines for a broad range of wounds including venous, arterial, neuropathic, and pressure ulcers. Central concepts guiding the content are prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of the healing process using fundamental principles and practical approaches to wound management.
Who would benefit from this course
Health care professionals in all settings, including wound care team members, treatment nurses, staff nurses and nurse managers in acute care, long term care, ambulatory care and community-based settings.
- Schedule: The course is presented in two parts: six weeks of online learning which establishes a baseline level of knowledge for each participant and two days of onsite learning which provides skills training, knowledge synthesis and role development. Course faculty are available to support learning throughout both parts of the course.
- Online learning: The online phase of the course is taken independently (2-3 hours per week for six weeks) and can be accessed 24/7. All assignments are completed and submitted online.
- Workshop: Following the online phase, participants attend a two-day mandatory workshop (8 am to 5 pm) that includes additional lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training. Registrants who are not employed by a co-sponsoring agency will attend the workshop in Seattle. Registrants employed by a co-sponsoring agency will attend the workshop at their own facility via video transmission from Seattle. Hands-on instruction at each site is provided by wound care specialists.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the basic structure and function of the skin.
- Identify changes in the integumentary system over the life span.
- Describe effective techniques for preventing skin damage.
- Describe the normal stages of wound healing.
- Describe the impact of comorbidities on wound development and closure.
- Identify systemic factors, such as nutrition, perfusion and pathology that influence healing outcomes.
- Assess and measure wounds including venous, arterial, diabetic/neuropathic, pressure ulcers.
- Select appropriate topical therapies.
- Develop plans for care, integrating input from wound team members.
- Demonstrate competencies in pressure ulcer staging, ankle brachial index (ABI) measurement, Semmes-Weinstein monofilament testing, application of selected compression wraps and documentation.
Additional information about the program
Course Faculty and Program Directors
Program Development Committee
University of Washington Disability Statement
- 30.00 Contact hours