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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: NURS5277C

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

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact : Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4932

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Nominal Hours: 45

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

Enrolled/Division 2 nurses apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of clients with varying types of wounds. this unit of competency is collaboratively delivered with

HLTN504C Apply Principles of Wound Management In the clinical environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN506B Apply principles of wound management in the clinical environment


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

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Apply an understanding of the complexity of wounds encountered in the clinical environment and pathological processes of wound healing for complex or challenging wounds
6.2 Assist to assess the client with a complex or challenging wound within a holistic framework, in consultation/collaboration with the health care team
6.3 Create and review individualised plans of care for the client with a complex or challenging wound, in consultation/collaboration with the registered nurse
6.4 Implement appropriate contemporary wound management strategies to manage complex or challenging wounds
6.5 Assist to evaluate the effectiveness of the planned care for the client with complex or challenging wounds in consultation/collaboration with the registered nurse
6.6 Participate in a collaborative approach to wound management with members of the health care team
6.7 Identify the common problems and complications of complex and challenging wounds


4. Undertake clinical nursing care to implement wound care strategies

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Apply an understanding of contemporary wound management strategies
4.2 Educate the client and/or family on wound management strategies in consultation/ collaboration with a registered nurse
4.3 Maintain client privacy and dignity throughout all aspects of the procedure
4.4 Implement wound care strategies taking into account legislation and organisation policies and procedures
4.5 Practise standard precautions in wound management to minimise the risk of infection to the client
4.6 In consultation/collaboration with the health care team, utilise wound management products and techniques appropriate to the identified phase of wound healing and collect all resources required for the procedure
4.7 Follow aseptic technique for clean surgical wound and use clean techniques where appropriate
4.8 Remove sutures, clips and drains as directed by a registered nurse
4.9 Collect specimens required for microbiology/ cytology as per organisation protocol
4.10 Dispose of all articles appropriately following the procedure, disposing of hazardous waste appropriately in line with organisation policies and procedures
4.11 Complete documentation and make the client comfortable


5. Assist in evaluating the outcomes of nursing actions

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Monitor the client's response and progress towards planned wound management goals
5.2 Ensure client is involved in the evaluation process
5.3 Assist in assessing the effectiveness of wound management strategies
5.4 Assist in assessing the effectiveness of wound products
5.5 Modify wound management strategies, procedures and goals for the individual client in consultation/ collaboration with registered nurse
5.6 Work within a cost effective framework
5.7 Evaluate, document and communicate outcomes to the appropriate members of the health care team
5.8 Document progress of wound healing and wound care strategy outcomes using contemporary wound management terminology
5.9 Identify and plan health education and promotion strategies in consultation/collaboration with the registered nurse


1. Undertake wound assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of common ways disease is spread and infection is developed throughout wound assessment and care
1.2 Seek client cooperation and consent
1.3 Maintain client privacy and dignity
1.4 Utilise strategies to minimise cross-infection during assessment and implementation
1.5 Record data in line with organisation protocols, guidelines and procedures
1.6 Observe orders relating to non-disturbance of dressings


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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assist in performing a holistic client assessment
2.2 Apply an understanding of the physiological and biochemical processes associated with normal wound healing when assessing a wound
2.3 Consider factors which impact on wound healing and the psychosocial impact of a wound on the client’s activities of daily living
2.4 Take into account the common problems and complications of wounds when assessing a wound
2.5 Correctly use health terminology associated with wound care
2.6 Discuss the modes of transmission of infection and the development of infection with the client, family or significant other


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Take into account primary health care principles and holistic approach when planning care
3.2 Use contemporary assessment tools accurately
3.3 Access a database of wound care representatives to assist in wound care decision making
3.4 Use an evidence-based problem solving approach to contribute to the analysis and planning of appropriate wound care management strategies
3.5 Contribute to development of an individual wound management plan for the client in consultation/collaboration with the client and the health care team, including a registered nurse
3.6 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the members of the wound care health team in planning wound care
3.7 Discuss preventative wound care strategies with the client and/or family
3.8 Identify client comfort needs (eg. pain relief) before undertaking wound care
3.9 Consult with the registered nurse regarding analgesic administration within an optimal time frame of procedure if required

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based course

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include:-

  • Regular face to face teaching
  • Using models and diagrams
  • Class room activities and discussions & Case Studies
  • Accessing lecture presentations
  • Accessing online information and learning hub

Teaching Schedule

Regular face to face teching for this course and the details of the class date and time will be in the timetable provided to students. Timetable can also be accessed online in the leanring hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Wound Care Made Incredibly Visual (2nd Edition) 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Marieb, E (10th Edition) Essentials of Human and Physiology Benjamin Cummins: San Fransisco


Online learning materials can be accessed ursing the  RMIT Online Learning HUb. The online learning materials listed include: Subject outlines Lectures notes Case Studies Assessment Details Practical work details

Other Resources

Students can access library for more addtional resources:

  • DVDs
  • Articles of Interest
  • Useful External Links
  • Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowledge for this unit of competency may be assessed via the following methods:

  • Online Assessments x 2
  • Practical Assessment
  • Clinical Placement

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks will include a range of activities and assessments to assess the student for the learning outcomes for the course.

The assessment tasks will include-

  • Written Examination
  • Written Assignment
  • Final practical skills assessment task
  • Clinical Placement

The details of the assessments will be provided to the students by the teacher through the RMIT Learning Hub.

The student needs to be deemed competent in all outcomes to gain competancy in this course.

Assessment Matrix

This course will be taught and assessed  as a standing unit of compentancy with no prerequisites.

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