Nursing Faculty: Complimentary educational and teaching resources about wound prevention, wound care, and wound specialty nursing careers.
As a nursing educator, you know that the need for well-educated, highly skilled nursing graduates and nurses seeking advanced education is urgent. The practice, and shortage, of specialty wound care nurses may be less well known to you. Wound prevention and care is an interdisciplinary practice and includes nurses with a variety of educational preparation.
According to the Institute of Medicine 2011 report, The Future of Nursing, in order to meet future healthcare needs, it is imperative that more nurses receive a solid education in how to manage complex conditions, coordinate care with multiple health professionals, and pursue additional education opportunities.1The current shortage of specialized wound care nurses greatly increases the risk of sub-standard care for patients who are at risk for the development of a wound or wound-related complications. Currently chronic wounds (including pressure ulcers, foot ulcers in persons with diabetes mellitus, and venous insufficiency ulcers) affect approximately 6.5 million Americans annually, and this number is expected to rise due to an aging population and increases in the prevalence of diabetes and obesity. 2
WHY WOUND CARE?TM
The Why Wound Care?TM initiative seeks to educate current nursing students and recent graduates about the shortage of nurses who specialize in the care of persons who are at risk for, or have, chronic wounds.
In addition to creating awareness about the career opportunities and learning more about the variety of wound specialty roles, nursing faculty can access a variety of complimentary educational materials to help teach best wound prevention and care practices.
Complimentary Educational Resources
1. LEVEL I: Basic Wound Care - Teaching and Learning Modules
Modules include: Types of Wounds; Risk Factors/Comorbidities; Pressure Ulcers; Venous Ulcers; Diabetic Foot Ulcers; Dressings; Wound Assessment #1 and #2; Wound Cleansing; Support Surfaces; Specialty Therapies; Patient/Family/Caregiver Education and more.
2. LEVEL II: Advanced Wound Care - Teaching and Learning Modules
Modules include: Skin Changes at Life’s End (SCALE); Pain Assessment and Management: Arming Your Toolkit; Venous Ulcers; Legal Perspectives Related to Wound Care; and more.
3. Level III: Culture of Health - Preventive Wound Care Teaching and Learning Modules (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Preliminary modules will include: Pressure Ulcers, Skin Tears, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Venous Ulcers, Incontinence Related Skin Breakdown and more.
4. Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials – PDFs of all 25 chapters
The Chronic Wound Care book series is generally considered the gold standard for wound care textbooks. Over the past 25 years, each new edition has brought the latest clinical information and research from a who’s who of leaders in wound prevention and care.
The 25 chapters in Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials were selected and edited by Dr. Diane Krasner. Nursing students can register to obtain a complimentary PDF of each chapter.
5. Wound Care Basics – Two Video Modules on Wound Care Basics including:
- Pressure Ulcers: Assessment and Documentation
- Wound Assessment and Documentation
Both video modules are presented by Dot Weir, RN, CWOCN, CWS, one of the foremost wound care nurse educators in the U.S. and the co-chairperson of the annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring and Fall Conferences. Each module provides fundamental information to help nurses improve their wound care knowledge and skills.
6. Ostomy Wound Management (OWM) Tablet Edition – OWM is the leading peer-reviewed and indexed journal within the specialty field of skin, wound, ostomy, and incontinence care. Published 12 times per year, each issue contains original research, contemporary and comprehensive reviews as well as practical, clinically oriented feature publications.
7. SAWC Network – The SAWC Network was developed to allow clinicians one-stop access to wound care CE programs, On-Demand videos and other educational materials.
Our thanks for your consideration to promote this initiative and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.
We have also compiled a list of available wound education and wound care certification resources as well as wound care organizations, meetings, and journals for your perusal.
1. United States Bureau of Labor Statistics; Occupational employment projections to 2022: Monthly Labor Review.
2. Sen CK, Gordillo GM, Roy S, et al. Human skin wounds: a major and snowballing threat to public health and the economy. Wound Repair Regen. 2009;17:763-771.