Specialty Program 2015 | WMEP Winter-Spring: Wound Management Education Program

Seattle, WA US
February 4, 2015 to April 9, 2015

Course description

This comprehensive, intensive program addresses a broad range of wounds (venous, arterial, neuropathic and pressure ulcers), healing problems (wound infection, failure to heal), and components of specialized nursing practice (role development, collaboration, research utilization, providing in-service education). Central concepts guiding the content and practicum experiences are prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of the healing process. Exposure to and experience with therapies such as topical treatments, ABI and compression therapy and debridement are included. 

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Course format and details

The program begins with six weeks of online learning activities to be completed prior to attending class in Seattle. Students should be prepared to spend 10-12 hours per week on course activities, reading assignments and quizzes during the online phase. Course faculty is available to support student learning. Following the online phase, students attend 14 weekdays (3 weeks, Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm) of intensive classwork in Seattle with additional lectures, reading assignments, projects, clinical experiences and testing. 

An important aspect of the program is the pairing of students with preceptors who are certified in wound care. Preceptors guide students in gaining knowledge and expertise in the role of the certified wound care nurse in various health care settings (acute care, long term care, home health, outpatient clinics). Five precepted clinical days and selected clinical observations are arranged for all participants during the onsite component of the course. 

Course requirements and evaluation procedures: 
In addition to the six (6) weeks of online learning and all scheduled classroom and clinical sessions, students are expected to complete assigned readings, exams, projects, professional enrichment activities and course evaluations. Students are graded on projects and tests. Clinical performance is evaluated as credit/no credit based on input from clinical preceptors. Completion of the program is contingent upon satisfactory performance of the online, classroom and clinical components. 

WOCN Program accreditation 
This program is accredited by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board exam for certification as a wound care nurse (CWCN). 

University quarter credits
Registrants will be enrolled in Nursing 540, Topics in Nursing, a fully accredited University of Washington graduate course and earn 6 graduate quarter credits. Separate application to the university is not required.

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree.
Current state nursing license.
Evidence of one year of RN clinical experience within the past five years.

How to apply

  • Send in your application fee of $95 and required documents. (See below.) 
    Application Deadline: December 5, 2014
  • Application Step 2 is payment for the course after you are accepted into the program.

Payment/Registration closes: January 5, 2015.

Please register early.

Target Audience

Registered nurses who seek advanced knowledge and skills in the management of chronic and complex wounds and who function well as independent learners.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Relate impairments in wound healing to normal physiologic response to tissue injury.
  2. Apply assessment techniques to wounds in different stages of healing.
  3. Assess systemic factors (nutrition, perfusion, pathology) that influence healing outcomes.
  4. Select therapeutic options that correct systemic alterations and support healing using an evidencebased approach.
  5. Select appropriate topical therapies based on research findings and evaluation of the patient.
  6. Implement appropriate therapeutic strategies for complex wound healing problems.
  7. Demonstrate specific competencies in delivering wound care, including: debridement, cultures, ABI measurement, compression wrapping and documentation.
  8. Individualize education for patients, family members and health care providers about prevention and treatment of wounds using adult learning principles.
  9. Explore opportunities for role development, collaborative practice and professional leadership in wound care.
  10. Discuss legal, ethical and cultural implications related to expanded practice in wound care.

Additional Information

Hybrid Program
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 132.00 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
Event starts: 
02/04/2015 - 7:30am
Event ends: 
04/09/2015 - 5:00pm
Online/UW Tower
4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON 
Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse; Co-Director, WMEP; President, Rainier Clinical Consultants, Inc., Seattle

Certified Wound Care Nurse; Co-Director, WMEP; Program Director, Island Hospital Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, Anacortes

Shane Hayes, C.Ped, BOCPD, COF
Board Certified Pedorthist, Orthotist, Shane’s Foot 
Comfort Center, Seattle, WA

Debra Metter, MN, RN, CCRN
Surgery and Critical Care CNS, Clinical Education, HMC

Molly Price, MN, ARNP, CWOCN
Certified Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Price Medical, Inc., Bellevue, WA

Julia Overstreet, DPM, FAPWCA
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Certified Wound Care Specialist, Overstreet Health Center, Bellevue

Nancy Unger, MN, MPH, APN-BC, RN-BC, CWON
Wound Ostomy Nurse Practitioner, HMC

Watson Smith, BA, RDMS-RVT
Diagnostic Sonographer, Vascular Diagnostic Service, UW Medicine/University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

JoAnne Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
Certified Wound Care Nurse; Research Scientist and Endowed Professor in Critical Care, HMC; Certified Wound Care Nurse, HMC; Professor, BNHS; Faculty Liaison, WMEP ; Associate Dean for Research, UW School of Nursing

BNHS=Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, UW School of Nursing
CNE=Continuing Nursing Education, UW School of Nursing
HMC=UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
UW=University of Washington, Seattle

WMEP=Wound Management Education Program, UW School of Nursing

Available Credit

  • 132.00 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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