Why take this program?
To prevent venous leg ulcers, it is imperative that clinicians acquire the knowledge and skills to identify patients at risk for ulceration and to implement appropriate preventative and treatment measures, using a systematic approach.
Who should take this program?
Based on the content of the Wounds Canada document, Best Practice Recommendations (BPR) for the Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers, the aim of this interactive program (two online modules, a full-day on-site skills lab, and a live 1.5-hour long webinar) is to enhance the venous leg ulcer prevention and management knowledge and skills of nurses and allied health-care professionals. Professionals who self-identify as a novice or advanced beginners in their venous leg ulcer prevention and management knowledge and skills will benefit from this program.
What will this program offer?
This program will review the contents of the BPR document and demonstrate their new knowledge by successfully completing knowledge check questions and applying best practices to a case study.
Following the completion of the two online modules, students will join expert interprofessional faculty at a full-day on-site skills lab where they will practice:
- conducting a comprehensive lower limb assessment, including skills like assessing for signs and symptoms of venous disease, ruling out peripheral arterial disease, performing a skin, palpating pedal pulses, looking for venous-related skin changes, performing range of motion and gait assessment, palpating pedal pulses, assessing ankle joint range of motion and footwear, completing monofilament testing, and performing ankle-brachial pressure index testing;
- selecting and applying common compression bandaging systems and compression garments, using donning and doffing devices; and,
- teaching calf-muscle pump exercises.
The day wraps up with case discussions. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange for mentorship opportunities within their workplaces to become proficient in the skills introduced and are advised to perform the skills only after they have been approved to do so by their manager.
To conclude the program, students participate in a webinar to discuss their success in applying their new knowledge and skills and enablers and barriers to practice change. Using live polling, students will also discuss complex wound cases presented by faculty, demonstrating the application of best practices in the prevention and management of venous leg ulcers. Webinars occur twice annually, with an archived version available for viewing should the student not be able to attend the live session.
What will I receive once I have completed the program?
Once the student successfully completes all of the program's components (online modules, skills lab, webinar, and program evaluation), they will receive a certificate of successful completion.
Time: 12-13 hours on average to complete, self-paced
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Best Practice Approach to Skin Health and Wound Management: Knowledge (A100MNN)
Program cost (all required courses excluding the pre-requisite): $285.00 + tax
Upcoming skills lab: TBD
Live webinar dates:
- Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 1200 PM EST
- Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 1900 PM EST