Course Title: Undertake basic wound care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5131C

Course Title: Undertake basic wound care

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Vivienne Decleva (Bundoora) 99257539
Bruce Killey  (City campus) 99254809

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTEN405A Implement basic nursing care
HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
HLTAP401 Confirm physical health status

Course Description

Enrolled/Division 2 nurses apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of clients with varying types of wounds

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN406A Undertake basic wound care


1. Undertake wound assessment


2. Assess the impact of a wound on a client and/or their family


3. Contribute to planning appropriate care for the client with a wound


4. Undertake clinical nursing care to implement wound care strategies


5. Assist in evaluating the outcomes of nursing actions


6. Apply contemporary wound management strategies to complex or challenging wounds

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Participate in simulations of basic wound care
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement

Teaching Schedule

1/ Introduction to Microbiology-common terms
2/ Pathogens and common wound infections
3/ Aseptic technique
4/ Aseptic technique (prac)
5/ Wound healing
6/ Wound products

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009 Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 3rd Ed. Elsevier: Sydney


Bright B.A. 2007. Acute and Chronic Wounds. St Louis.

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Written assignments/projects
Case study and scenario 
Supporting statement of supervisor - clinical competency tool

Assessment Matrix

Assignment will be handed out at the commencement of the course, for submission on due date.
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved.

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