Skin Health Practice Enrichment Series

New in 2021, the Skin Health – Practice Enrichment Series includes competency based, beginner programs in wound, ostomy and continence, intermediate skills labs and advanced programs. The courses are state of the art, self-paced online programs which are facilitated by a team of CNA certified NSWOCs. Onsite programs are available upon request. Contact the NSWOC through our contact page should you be interested in accessing our onsite education delivered by specialized NSWOCs. 

Beginner Programs

Beginner programs are 6 weeks, self-paced online. Learners will be directed through a series of modules designed to provide foundational knowledge in the areas of wound, ostomy or continence. The courses are unique in that students will have access to virtual mentorship and knowledge consolidation opportunities with our team of CNA certified NSWOCs.  

Introduction to Wound Management – NOW OPEN! 

Modules Include: 

  1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Integumentary System 
  2. Principles of Integumentary System Healing   
  3. General principles of Integumentary / Wound Assessment and Management 
  4. Wound prevention, assessment and management including 
  5. Specific wound aetiologies (prevention, assessment and management): 
  • Acute and traumatic wounds (example: skin tears, lacerations, minor burns), with a focus on post fall wound care 
  • Moisture associated skin damage (example: incontinence associated dermatitis, emersion foot) 
  • Pressure injuries 
  • Lower limb ulcers 
  • Diabetic foot ulcers 
  • Surgical wounds 
  • Skin changes at life’s end 
  • Wounds not healing in a predicted trajectory 
  1. Collaborative approaches when working with interprofessional teams 

Apply now!

Introduction to Ostomy Management (Coming Winter 2022) 

Modules Include: 

  1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal and Urinary Systems 
  2. Conditions Leading to Surgical Intervention Resulting in an Ostomy & Surgical Procedures 
  3. Assessment and Management of the Stoma 
  4. Assessment and Management of the Peristomal Skin 
  5. Effective Management of Effluent and Product Selection 
  6. Medication and Nutrition for a Patient with a Stoma 
  7. Psychosocial Care of the Patient with an Ostomy 
  8. An Introduction to Gastrostomies & Jejunostomies 

Introduction to Continence Management (Coming Fall 2022) 

  1. Continence as a Health Issue 
  2. Anatomy and Physiology of the urinary and lower gastrointestinal systems 
  3. Factors contributing to incontinence  
  4. Assessment of urinary incontinence 
  5. Assessment of fecal incontinence 
  6. Management of urinary incontinence 
  7. Management of fecal incontinence 
  8. Collaborative approach to incontinence management 
  9. Identification and management of incontinence associated dermatitis 
  10. Quality of life issues related to incontinence  

Cost to apply

Intermediate Programs

Wound, Ostomy & Continence Virtual Skills Labs  

(Coming Winter 2022).  

The competency-based, skills labs will be available online in self-paced format with access to virtual mentorship and knowledge consolidation opportunities with our team of CNA certified NSWOCs. Participants must have completed the corresponding beginner program listed above. A sampling of the skills labs are listed below with more to follow in the coming months. A selection of the skills labs will be offered in person during the NSWOCC annual conference. Enrollment will be limited. 

  • Dressing selection/application and wound bed preparation  
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) application and trouble shooting 
  • Lower leg and foot assessment including Ankle Brachial Pressure Index, Toe Pressures, Monofilament testing and Infrared Thermometer testing 
  • Compression selection and application 
  • Fistula management 
  • Therapeutic mattress selection 
  • Stoma site marking 
  • Ostomy appliance selection and application 
  • Hernia Belt measurement and selection 
  • Catheter selection 
  • Containment product selection 

Advanced programs

Advanced Wound Debridement Program

(coming Jan 2022)  

The competency-based, advanced debridement course is designed by nurses for nurses and follows the Canadian best practise recommendations for nurses; however, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute recognizes the course may be of interest to other disciplines. As such, non-nurses meeting the prerequisite education requirements will be accepted into the program. Healthcare professionals without a nursing background are responsible for recognizing their own scope of practice and jurisdictional policies related to their profession. In-depth knowledge of wound management is essential prior to enrollment in a competency-based debridement educational program. Prerequisite education is identified by the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum-based wound management program including stringent outcome measures such as examination.  

The primary objective of this program is to provide learners with advanced theoretical knowledge pertaining to all aspects of debridement. Learners are encouraged to seek out mentorship opportunities within their work environment and to work within their scope of practice. At the end of this program learners will have advanced debridement knowledge beyond the WOC-EP/ SWAN programs. Learners must have completed the WOC-EP, SWAN or equivalent program prior to taking this program. The program will be self-paced online with access to virtual mentorship and knowledge consolidation opportunities with our team of CNA certified NSWOCs. An annual workshop will be held during the NSWOCC National conference. Enrollment will be limited. Contact chair@wocinstitute.ca for more information. 

Paramedic Practice Enrichment Series

New in 2021, the Skin Health – Paramedic Practice Enrichment Series includes a competency based, beginner program in wound management. The course is a state of the art, competency-based, self-paced online program facilitated by a team of CNA certified NSWOCs. Onsite programs are available upon request. Contact the NSWOC through our contact page should you be interested in accessing our onsite education delivered by specialized NSWOCs. 

Introduction to Wound Management – NOW OPEN!

Modules Include: 

  1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Integumentary System 
  2. Principles of Integumentary System Healing   
  3. General principles of Integumentary / Wound Assessment and Management 
  4. Wound prevention, assessment and management including 
  5. Specific wound aetiologies (prevention, assessment and management): 
  • Acute and traumatic wounds (example: skin tears, lacerations, minor burns), with a focus on post fall wound care 
  • Moisture associated skin damage (example: incontinence associated dermatitis, emersion foot) 
  • Pressure injuries 
  • Lower limb ulcers 
  • Diabetic foot ulcers 
  • Surgical wounds 
  • Skin changes at life’s end 
  • Wounds not healing in a predicted trajectory 
  • Insect related skin damage 
  1. Collaborative approaches when working with interprofessional teams 

Program Cost – $600.00

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