NURS13127 - Wound Care - Principles and Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The integument is the body’s mirror. When alterations occur in skin integrity there is the potential that this will impact on every aspect of the person. Wound management is a complex area with new information being continually generated. You will apply an evidence based approach in exploring the principles and practice of contemporary wound management.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites

Students must have completed 96 credit points and NURS12158 Clinical Nursing Practice 3 or NURS13126 Critical Care Nursing

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the principles of cultural awareness and communication to enable effective collaboration with individuals, families and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team to facilitate positive outcomes for wound healing.
  2. Apply best practice principles and wound management guidelines to the assessment and management of individuals with either acute or chronic wounds.
  3. Evaluate the use of alternative wound management strategies to faciliate wound healing.
  4. Examine safe and effective person centred nursing care for individuals undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures related to wound healing.

Relate the significance of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice and specific National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards to nursing practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Wound Care Manual
Author/s: Keryln Carville Year: 2012
Edition: 6th Publisher: Silver Chain Nursing Association
City: Osborne Park State: Western Australia
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorGlo Neilsen (g.neilsen@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

The Integumentary System

Carville (2012) pp. 8-13, 16-21

www.wcauk.org/downloads/booklet_overgranulation.pdf

Vuolo, J. (2010). Hypergranulation: exploring possible management options. British Journal of Nursing, 19 (6), S6-8.

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 1.

Review this information in preparation for and development of the Assignment task. Weeks 1 to 5 are the learning outcomes assessed in the Assignment task.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Chronic Wounds

Carville (2012) pp. 44, 56-57, 92 - 108, 109 - 116, 119, 124 - 131,132 - 147, 243 - 276

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Standard 8

Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury.

Kapp, S., Simpson, K., Santamaria, N. Perspectives on living with and self-treating venous leg ulcers: A person's story and a health care perspective. Wound Practice & Research, 22 (2), 98-101.

Grothier, L., Pardoe, A. (2013). Chronic wounds: management of healing and well being. British Journal Of Nursing, 22 (12), 24-30.

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 8.

Development of the Assignment task to continue.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Wound Assessment - an holistic approach

Cornforth, A. (2013). Holistic wound assessment in primary care. British Journal of Community Nursing, (12): S28-34.

Benbow, M. (2011). Wound care: ensuring a holistic and collaborative assessment. British Journal of Community Nursing, 1, S6-S16

Milne, J. (2013). Improving wellbeing of those living with a wound. British Journal of Nursing, 22. 3-9.

Grothier, L., Pardoe, A. (2013). Chronic wounds:management of healing and wellbeing. British Journal of Nursing, 22, S24-30.

Brooks, M. (2013). So much to lose: a holistic approach to wound management. Wound Practice & Research, 21 (3), 136-40.

Brown, A. (2013). Implications of patient shared decision-making on wound care. British Journal of Community Nursing. 26 -32.

Hulme, K. (2013) How to engage better with patients. British Journal of Nursing. 22, 10-13

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 3.

Review this information in preparation for and development of the Assignment task.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Wound Management Principles

Carville (2012). pp.44, 56 - 75,119, 124 - 131

Ousey, K., Cook, L. (2011). Wound care series part 1: assessment. Practice Nursing, 22 (6) 308-14.

Jones, J. (2013). Exploring the link between the clinical challenges of wound exudate and infection. British Journal of Nursing, 22 (3), 8-12.

Dowsett, C. (2011). Moisture in wound healing: exudate management. British Journal of Community Nursing, Jun: Supplement, 6-12.

Probst, S. (2015). Wounds with exudate and odour. British Journal of Nursing, 24 (6), 22.

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 4.

Review this information in preparation for and development of the Assignment task.

Assessment one task due next week.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Wound Infection

Morgan, T. (2014). Wound care in the community: infection, exudate and confirmability. Journal of Community Nursing 5, 43 - 48.

Davis, N. (2013). Chronic wounds: the persistant infection problem. Opticon1826. 15,1-5.

Young, L. (2012). Identifying infection in chronic wounds. Wound Practice & Research 20 (1), 38-44

Reynolds, V. (2013). Assessing and diagnosing wound infection (part one). Nurse Prescribing. 11 (3), 114-121.

Tickle, J. (2013). Wound infection: a clinician's guide to assessment and management. British Journal of Community Nursing. S16-22.

AWMA (2011). Bacterial impact on wound healing: from contamination to infection.

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 5.

Review this information for completion of the Assignment task.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Assessment and Management of Lymphoedema

Carville (2012) pp. 161 - 162.

Atkin, L. (2014). Lower limb oedema: assessment, treatment and challenges. British Journal of Community Nursing, 34 (6), 439 - 447.

Hardy, D. (2012) Reducing the risk of lower limb lymphoedema. Primary Health Care, 22 (6), 16-21.

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 6.

Review this information in preparation for and development of the Assignment task.

Written Assessment Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Compression Therapy

Carville (2012) pp. 343 - 355.

Recommendations for compression therapy for patients with venous ulcers. EWMA Journal, 2013 Oct; 13 (2), 41-7.

Anderson, I. (2015). Optimising concordance with compression hosiery in the community setting. British Journal of Community Nursing. 20 (2), 67-72.

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 7.

Continue development of the Assignment task.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Acute Wounds

Carville (2012) pp. 109 - 116

Australian and New Zealand Burns Association

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 2.

Review this information in preparation for and development of the Assignment task.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Management of the Diabetic Foot

Carville (2012) pp. 148, 149 - 157.

Turns, M. (2015). Prevention and management of diabetic foot ulcers. British Journal of Community Nursing, 20. 1462-4753.

Carville (2012) p. 154

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 9.

Development of the Assignment task to continue.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Alternative Wound Management Strategies

Carville (2012) pp. 2014 - 207

Brandon, T. (2015). A portable, disposable system for negative-pressure wound therapy. British Journal of Nursing, 24 (2), 98 - 106.

Tottle, A., Harris, S. (2014). The use of negative pressure wound therapy in a non-healing breast wound. Wound Practice & Research. 22 (3), 142 -144.

Mills, B. (2012) Wound healing: the evidence for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. British Journal of Nursing. 21, 28 - 34.

Geary, MJ., Smith, A. & Russell, RC. (2009). Maggots down under. Wound Practice and Research 17 (1) 36 - 42

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 10.

Development of the Assignment task to continue.

Assignment task due next week.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Wound Management Guidelines

Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) Standards for Wound Management 2nd Edition, 2010.

Carville (2012) p. 76

Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers.

Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury.

Competence Standards for the Registered Nurse (NMBA 2016).

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 11.

Presentation and Written Assessment Due Monday (22 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Dressing products

Review Carville (2012) pp. 287-338:

Dressings

Complete readings, activities and view videos for Week 12.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Discuss the impact of pressure injuries on clients and the role of the nurse in caring for them. Include in your discussion:

1. Risk factors for pressure injuries including preventative nursing measures that can be undertaken.

2. Include information about each stage of pressure injury, assessment and management of these stages.

3. Consider in your responses, a holistic approach to the client.

The assignment is to be submitted in essay format and be 2000 words in length. Referencing is to be consistent with American Psychological Association (APA) format. Please save/upload your file in either a Word format (.doc or .docx) or in a basic text format (for example, .rtf), so that files can be opened in Word. Note: further support on writing, referencing, etc. is given on the Moodle site for this course.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Tuesday (02-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper.

Conclusion that outlines the main points and brings the argument to a close.

Accurate with spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Explanation of the risk factors for pressure injuries and preventative nursing management.

Explanation of each stage of pressure injuries, assessment and management.

Explanation and analysis of the collaborative care needs of the client including family and multidisciplinary team.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit via Turnitin and Assessment 1 [one] submission TAB on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the principles of cultural awareness and communication to enable effective collaboration with individuals, families and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team to facilitate positive outcomes for wound healing.

2. Apply best practice principles and wound management guidelines to the assessment and management of individuals with either acute or chronic wounds.

3. Evaluate the use of alternative wound management strategies to faciliate wound healing.

4. Examine safe and effective person centred nursing care for individuals undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures related to wound healing.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Presentation and Written Assessment
Task Description

In essay format using the information provided, discuss and explore:

1. The assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for venous leg ulcers.

2. Factors that may impact proposed nursing care and therapeutic wound management.

3. The role of the client and family in the management of the venous leg ulcer.

4. How the multidisciplinary team can facilitate improved care.

5. You are to consider in your responses a holistic approach to the client.

6. Develop a power point presentation that supports the essay and which may be used as an education tool for health care professionals.

The assignment is to be submitted in essay format and be 2000 words in length. Referencing is to be consistent with America Psychological Association (APA) format. The document is to be saved in Word format (.doc or .docs) so that it can be opened in Word. Your power point should have a title page, include a reference list and in text referencing and be no longer than 20 slides. Information from your essay may be included. This document is to be saved as a .ppt [power point].

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Tuesday (13-Jun-2017)
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Introduction that introduces the topic and outlines the direction of the paper.

Conclusion that outlines the main points and brings the argument to a close.

Accurate with spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Explanation and analysis of the causes and developments of venous leg ulcer relating to the scenario.

Explanation and analysis of the role of the nurse in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of venous leg ulcers relating to the scenario.

Explanation and analysis of therapeutic wound management.

Explanation and analysis of the holistic role of the client, family and multidisciplinary team relating to the scenario.

Explanation and presentation of educational information for health professionals relating to venous leg ulcers.

Referencing supports and reflects ideas, factual information and quotations, consistent with APA style, peer reviewed journal articles and relevant web sites.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submission via Turnitin on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the principles of cultural awareness and communication to enable effective collaboration with individuals, families and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team to facilitate positive outcomes for wound healing.

2. Apply best practice principles and wound management guidelines to the assessment and management of individuals with either acute or chronic wounds.

3. Evaluate the use of alternative wound management strategies to faciliate wound healing.

4. Examine safe and effective person centred nursing care for individuals undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures related to wound healing.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Indigenisation of Curriculum

This unit acknowledges the unique perspective of caring for first nation peoples in the context of wound care principles and practice.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

The principles provided will enable graduates to critically appraise and manage wounds in diverse clinical settings.


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