Coming Soon – 2014 Dates
Wound Care Education
Online course start date:
Please check back for 2014 dates.
Clinical skills competency test date:
Please check back for 2014 dates.
Clinical skills test site:
UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Become a Skilled Wound Care Provider
Who Should Attend
The course is designed for the Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse or military medic/corpsman; however, any health care provider may benefit from this comprehensive certificate program.
You may also be interested in Woundstock – Advanced Wound Care Education.
Enjoy the convenience of online learning plus personal attention from your course coordinator through telephone and Skype sessions.
This course is designed for completion (including written final examinations and skills testing) in three months. You must complete the course within this three month period to receive the credits and certificate
Upon completion of the WTA Program, you will function as an integral member of the wound care team to support and extend the role of the WOC specialty nurse. This gives you an added skill beyond your regular licensure.
In addition to these valuable takeaways, you’ll also earn 21.0 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours and a certificate verifying that you’ve completed the program.
Major topics covered through the WTA program include:
- A&P of Skin and Soft Tissue: Implications for Routine Care
- Skin and Tissue Loss Caused by External Factors
- Establishing Protocols for Prevention
- Legal and Regulatory Issues
- Physiology of Wound Healing
- Systemic Factors Affecting Repair
- Wound Assessment and Documentation
- Guidelines for Topical Therapy
- Assessment and Management of Refractory Wounds
- Management of Arterial/Ischemic Ulcers
- Management of Venous Ulcers
- Prevention and Management of Neuropathic Ulcers
The WTA Program will take place online July 20, 2013 – October 18, 2013. All of the program participants will be guided through narrated PowerPoint presentations by a WOC specialty nurse Course Coordinator who will answer any questions you might have along the way.
After completing the lessons, participants take a timed online test and participate in a clinical skills competency test on October 19, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, College of Nursing.
Course CoordinatorDr. Tara Beuscher, an Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in Wound, Ostomy and Continence care with the University of Virginia Health System, brings a wealth of teaching and clinical experience in wound care to this course. She is also certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology. She draws upon her work experience in clinic, hospital, home care and long term care settings, and her extensive training in wound, ostomy, continence, foot care, gerontology, and pain management services. She has been certified in wound care for over 20 years and has taught the Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses course in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for over fifteen years. Dr. Beuscher has a long history of speaking on wound and skin care issues and has served in various leadership positions within professional organizations, including the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. She was a member of the foot care nursing advisory committee that established the content outline for WOCNCB’s Foot and Nail Care Certification Examination.
Dr. Beuscher's publications include a chapter in Acute and Chronic Wounds: Current Management Concepts; 3rd Edition, 2007, published by Mosby/Elsevier and edited by Ruth A. Bryant and Denise P. Nix. She was a recipient of the 1997 Wisconsin Nurses Association Nursing Practice Award that recognizes the recipient’s contributions to innovations in patient care, service as a role model for nursing practice, commitment to the practice of professional nursing and utilization and dissemination of research in practice.
- Estimated time for completion of online learning lessons and review questions is 15.0 hours.
- The comprehensive WTA Online Course will offer 21.0 contact hours.
Accreditation Statement: The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.
Disclaimer: Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply ANCC, CBRN or WOCN endorsement of any commercial product or service.
To Receive Course Certificate, participants must:
- Complete all course activities including the narrated PowerPoint lessons, review questions, skills demonstrations and test practice/review sessions.
- Receive a passing score of at least 70% on the two-part final written posttest. Part I of the posttest consists of 40 multiple choice questions that evaluate the overall course content. Part II consists of 4 sections with 32 multiple choice questions, specific to 3 clinical case scenarios that evaluate pressure ulcer risk assessment and development of an individualized prevention plan; assessment and management of a trunk wound; and assessment and management of a lower extremity ulcer.
- Satisfactorily demonstrate competency in the following clinical skills: performing and interpreting an ankle brachial index (ABI), sensory testing with a Semmes-Weinstein monofilament and application of a 2-layer, 3-layer, or 4-layer sustained compression wrap.
- Complete/Submit the Final Participant's Evaluation of the course.
- After satisfactory completion of the course and submission of the course's evaluation, participants can download a certificate of completion and print it out or save it on their computer.
Fee includes online access to all course activities including the narrated PowerPoint lessons, review questions, skills demonstrations and test practice/review sessions, as well as refreshments at the clinical skills competency test.
You may cancel your registration up to 10 business days before the start date for a refund less a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel fewer than 10 business days before the start date, no refund will be given. If you do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee. If the program is cancelled or full, we will refund the program fee. You may substitute another person for your registration at any time. Call us for assistance.
If you need an accommodation for a disability to fully participate in this program, or need this document in an alternative format, please contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636/ toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), as soon as possible.
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