Course Title: Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5365 Diploma of Nursing

Course Title: Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 45

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Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254837

Course Contact Email: leeanne.mond@rmit.edu.au



Course Description

 

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of various types of wounds. It involves working with the interdisciplinary health care team to contribute to assessment, treatment and ongoing management of a person’s wounds.

 

This course applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

 

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


This course includes clinical placement

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this unit of competency



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTENN006 Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment

Elements:

1. Apply protocols for wound assessment.

2. Assess impact of wound on a person, family or carer.

3. Contribute to planning care for a person with a wound.

4. Undertake clinical nursing care in implementing wound care strategies.

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

6. Assist in evaluating outcomes of nursing actions.


Learning Outcomes

The critical learning for this course takes place in clinical placement within the health sector and within simulations in RMIT laboratories.

You will be instructed in skills through demonstration, modelling and role-play. Skills development is supported by lectures on theory and underpinning knowledge, classroom discussions, group work, research and reflective practice.

 

 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply protocols for wound assessment.

    1.1 Use appropriate medical terminology when assessing, reporting and recording data on wounds.

    1.2 Use strategies to minimise cross-infection during assessment and implementation of wound management strategies.

    1.3 Observe orders and instructions relating to non-disturbance of dressings.

  2. Assess impact of wound on a person, family or carer.

    2.1 Assist in performing holistic assessment of the person with a wound.

    2.2 Apply knowledge of the physiological and biochemical processes associated with normal wound healing when assessing the person’s wound.

    2.3 Consider factors that impact on wound healing, including psychosocial impact of a wound on the person’s daily living activities.

    2.4 Consider common problems and complications of wounds when assessing the person’s wound.

    2.5 Discuss modes of transmission of infection and infection development with the person, family or carer.

  3. Contribute to planning care for a person with a wound.

    3.1 Consider primary health care principles and holistic approaches when planning care for the person with a wound.

    3.2 Access wound care experts to assist in decision-making for wound care management.

    3.3 Maintain current knowledge and use an evidence-based and problem-solving approach in contributing to analysis and planning of appropriate wound care management strategies.

    3.4 Contribute to an individual wound management plan for the person in consultation and collaboration with the person, registered nurse and the interdisciplinary health care team.

    3.5 Discuss preventative wound care strategies with the person, family or carer.

    3.6 Identify the person’s comfort needs such as pain relief in consultation with registered nurse before undertaking wound care.

  4. Undertake clinical nursing care in implementing wound care strategies.

    4.1 Use contemporary assessment tools accurately.

    4.2 Implement wound care strategies, taking into account legislation and organisation policy and procedures.

    4.3 In consultation and collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team, identify wound management products and techniques appropriate to the identified phase of wound healing, and collect all resources required for the procedure.

    4.4 Collect specimens required for microbiology and cytology according to organisation policy and procedures.

    4.5 Dispose of all articles including hazardous waste appropriately according to organisation policy and procedures.

    4.6 Make the person comfortable, and complete required documentation.

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

    5.1 Apply knowledge of wound complexity and the pathological processes of wound healing for complex or challenging wounds

    5.2 Identify common problems and complications of complex and challenging wounds.

    5.3 Follow aseptic technique for a clean surgical wound and use infection prevention techniques appropriate to the type of wound.

    5.4 Remove sutures, clips and drains from a person and replace wound drainage bag as directed by a registered nurse.

    5.5 Implement appropriate contemporary wound management strategies to manage the person’s complex or challenging wounds.

    5.6 Participate with the interdisciplinary health care team in making an assessment of the person with a complex or challenging wound within an holistic framework.

    5.7 Create and review individualised plans of care for the person with a complex or challenging wound.

  6. Assist in evaluating outcomes of nursing actions.

    6.1 Ensure involvement of the person in the evaluation process.

    6.2 Monitor the person’s response to wound management strategies, and their progress towards planned wound management goals.

    6.3 Evaluate, document and communicate progress of wound healing and wound care strategy outcomes to the appropriate members of the interdisciplinary health care team using contemporary terminology.

    6.4 Assist in assessing effectiveness of the person’s wound management strategies and products used.

    6.5 Modify wound management strategies, procedures and goals for the individual person.

    6.6 Work within a cost effective framework.

    6.7 Identify and plan health education and promotion strategies for the person in consultation and collaboration with the registered nurse.


Overview of Assessment

 

Assessment Tasks

 

Assessment Task 1:  Clinical Placement

This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


Assessment Task 2: 
Evidence Portfolio

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


You will be provided with an assessment overview for the course and a descriptor for each assessment task.

Feedback is provided on each assessment.