Newbie needing advice

by pupmom1 pupmom1 (New) New Nurse

Hi everyone,

Looking for advice. I am fairly new to wound care, when doing a full body assessment and measurement I feel nervous assessing wounds alone and staging them without a more experienced RN. I am currently not certified. (they are paying for WCC eventually..) Does anyone have any advice or resource materials for a newbie. Or any words of wisdom?  

Thank you everyone.

CalicoKitty, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatrics, Wound Care. Has 10 years experience. 970 Posts

If you have education, go through the NDNQI modules. The newest one NDNQI 8.0 is available on our HealthStream (the education system my hospital uses). I think it was really nice and informative. Good explanations, descriptions, photographs. More than _just_ pressure injuries.  WCC may take a little time since they require years of experience as a wound care nurse I believe. May be better off as a CWCN (or CWOCN if you want ostomy and continence).



Specializes in Home Health. Has 5 years experience. 5 Posts

I agree with the posts before me, do online training.  I was super nervous staging when I first started. I carried around a pocket book for staging them LOL! I could refer to it PRN.  

But honestly, the more you do it.. the more comfortable and confident you will become!

vampiregirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 792 Posts

Become familiar with the current wound care products that your facility uses - look up the manufacturer sites for specific info. When you encounter a new product, learn about it. 

I also recommend looking up your facilities wound related procedures and becoming familiar with them. It's so important to establish good infection control practices when you start working with wounds - it's much harder to integrate them into your practice later.

Also, figure out an organization system for performing a wound assessment that way things don't get overlooked. Checking for pressure areas behind ears anytime a patient has a nasal cannula (and especially if they have glasses and/or hearing aides as well!).

Not sure what environment you are in but anticipate what supplies you might need. For example, if you are in a SNF assessing new admissions, making sure you have a couple washcloths and a towel if you might need to perform some skin care for skin folds to see what you really have going on. 

Good luck! Wound care can be really interesting!