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Improving Wound Care Competency in Louisiana's Nursing Homes

Course Coordinator: Jean Cefalu, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, GNP-C, CWOCN, CFCN

Time: Classes are held 3-consecutive days, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registered participants will be notified via email exact class location, times and agenda 1-2 weeks prior to the class.

Target Audience: Wound treatment nurses in nursing homes in the state of Louisiana. Each class session is limited to 20 participants.

Activity Description: This educational activity is a three (3) day comprehensive training to improve the knowledge, capability and confidence of staff in wound assessment and management. The course will include lecture, case study, demonstration and hands-on practice. Nurses who successfully complete the program will have a minimum score of 77% on the exit exam and pass a skills competency check-off.

Outcomes: The overall aim of this program is to reduce the number of facility acquired wounds and improve treatment outcomes for Louisiana nursing home residents requiring preventive care and wound management, specifically to:

  1. Improve the level of knowledge, capability and confidence of staff in wound assessment and management, and in pressure ulcer prevention and management, to reduce the number of pressure ulcers and their severity utilizing a program with nationally recognized guidelines.
  2. Ensure nurses use appropriate wound assessment documentation for all wounds including pressure ulcers.
  3. Engage with administrators and owners to ensure high levels of care are sustained.

Objectives: To achieve the above aims, the objectives are to:

  1. Provide relevant structured training for nurses working in the nursing home.
  2. Support nurses through the required competency frameworks.
  3. After completion of the program, 85% of all attendees will score at or above 77% on the exit exam and successfully complete the skills check-off.
  4. Provide feedback to nursing home administration on the outcomes of the project.

Fees: This program is free for nursing home employees.

Participants will earn 24.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education

Participants must be present for the entire 3 day course, successfully complete the exam and competency check-off with a 77% or above, and submit the feedback form online to receive their certificate and contact hours.

Disclosures: This project is supported by grant funds from Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH), Health Standards Section (HSS) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS). The information or content and conclusion are those of the presenter and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any official endorsement be inferred by the DHH, HSS & OASS.

There are no conflicts of interest with the faculty or planners for this activity. There is no commercial support of this activity. There is no endorsement of any product by LSUHSC School of Nursing for this activity.

LSUHSC School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation