Hi I am an LPN on a ventilator unit, completing my last semester of school before graduating as an RN. Earlier this week I received my placement information for my internship which will be at the wound care clinic connected to the hospital.
I am interested in this because I feel like the experience will be one that can be carried over into multiple areas of nursing, but I am really nervous because this is such a different setting and demographic of patients than I am used to.
Typically during the internship process the student takes over the RNs caseload and does all the medications and procedures with preceptor's guidance as needed. With the wound care clinic being so new to me I am really unsure if this will be a possibility or if I will be working more one-on-one with my preceptor to learn as we go.
If anyone has served as a preceptor in this setting before and/or can provide some basic guidance about what to expect or what skills or information to I need to familiarize myself with before my internship begins I would be extremely grateful.
Mar 10, '13
How exciting for you! I work in a specialized wound care clinic and it has changed me as a Nurse, and my practice- dramatically.
Read up on the etiology and treatment of these ulcers:
Arterial; venous; diabetic; pressure; neuropathic; mixed; trauma; and atypical.
Read up on the difference between infection and inflammation- super important. Offloading, and Aircasts, etc. Get a really solid grasp of PVD and PAD-
I would recommend buying a good wound care text, checking out sites that are reputable such as Wounds International, and Uk etc.
In addition start checking out products used in Wound care and why; meaning that we tend to use products with good research behind it and efficacy. Ie Iodosorb, Silver products etc.
Read up on doing a Vascular Assessment complete with Doppler Us, and doing ABI's. This includes resting Dopplers and Toe Pressures.
I found reading about Osteomyelitis and Charcot Foot very interesting: and the tests used to differentiate clinically of great value.
Keep us posted: what a GREAT opportunity; this will strengthen your practice hugely and definitely affect all areas of nursing you explore!
Enjoy and Good Luck
Follow Your Bliss
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Mar 20, '13
Thanks to Followyourbliss for your post; your suggestions are very helpful as I am a new med/surg nurse and looking for resources/direction to increase my knowledge of wound care.
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