Foundations in Wound and Skin Health

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Foundations in Wound and Skin Health – $600

This course is provided by the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute. It is geared towards the non-specialist licensed nurse working in a variety of settings with the goal of improving and strengthening the wound care team and wound care for your patients.

What to Expect

The theory course Foundations of Skin and Wound Management sets the stage for best practice skin and wound management across acute care, community care and long-term care.

Course Content

  • Cultural competency and chronic disease management;
  • Focused patient assessment including an introduction to vascular assessment;
  • Skin assessment and management;
  • Wound healing anatomy and physiology;
  • Wound bed preparation including infection and bioburden;
  • Wound assessment and management;
  • Wound pain assessment and management;
  • Understanding wound products;
  • Wound product selection related to the patient and wound assessment and goals for healing.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Acquire best practice knowledge in the assessment of patients at risk for challenges in skin and wound;
  • Recognize and mitigate factors that lead to delayed or impaired wound healing;
  • Recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of increased bioburden;
  • Assess wound bed characteristics;
  • Select treatment choices based on wound bed characteristics and best
    practices;
  • Discuss how to identify and mitigate the impact of pain on wound healing outcomes and patient suffering;
  • Identify situations where consultation with the Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence is appropriate.

Courses are offered twice per year; fall and winter. Check with the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Administrator at registrar@wocinstitute.ca for start dates.

  • Online courses are approximately 8-10 weeks long
  • To put theory into practice upon the completion of this course, NSWOCC has partnered with Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, to offer optional hands-on skills labs.
  • These two-day optional skills labs will be offered on site at the Bow Valley College campus in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • Course registration and tuition for the skills lab is separate from the online theory course.
  • The theory course must be completed to participate in the skills lab.

Download the Wound Management Course pamphlet (PDF)


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