Nursing Students

Nursing Students - Learn more about wound care specialization opportunities to reach your career goals.

From 2012 to 2022, nurse employment growth is projected to be higher in specialty than in general nursing occupations.1 


An estimated 6.5 million Americans are affected by chronic wounds.2  An aging population combined with an increase in the prevalence of persons with diabetes/obesity signals a future epidemic of chronic wounds and a shortage of nurses with the knowledge and skills to help prevent and manage wounds across the continuum of care.

Consider the career opportunities and learn more about the variety of wound specialty roles. Please review the resources below to help you plan your career.


HMP Communications (HMP), the largest provider of wound care education in the United States, is committed to providing best-in-class wound care educational resources on a complimentary basis to help current nursing students get a head-start on a career in wound prevention and care.

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:

  1. Pressure Ulcers: Assessment and Documentation
  2. 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.

Additional Resources

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.


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