Do nurses know enough about wound care?

Eileen Shepherd

(Nursing Times) We were responding to an international, multidisciplinary study which highlighted the need for all health professionals to receive a basic level of education about wounds in undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes.

On Twitter, nurses expressed concern about their knowledge and it is clear that there is a lack of confidence in dealing with the complexity of wound care.

Access to education for students was patchy and there was a telling comment about post registration education.

@CathyLamputt said “After doing the tissue viability module I was left thinking that no one should touch a wound that hadn’t done the course”.

Concerns were also raised about management of complex wounds.

@littlenurse1 commented “I wasn’t confident enough to make those decisions alone unless it was a basic wound, there were so many complex ones”.

In response to these concerns is hosting a Clinical Chat on 27 September at 1pm to help answer your questions about chronic wound management.

We are delighted to have the expertise of Julie Vuolo, principal lecturer, Assessment Team, Learning and Teaching Institute, University of Hertfordshire and Heidi Guy tissue viability clinical nurse specialist and honorary lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, who will be ready to answer your questions. So if you have concerns about wound management, post registration education, standards of care or delegation of wound management to students or HCA, please join in on the day. You can also send question before the chat to or @eileenshepherd

Participating in NT Clinical Chats can contribute to you CPD. How to get the most out of Clinical Chats:

  • Look at the topic in advance of the chat and plan questions you would like to ask
  • Participate in the chat by posting questions or comments
  • Download the transcript after the chat as evidence of your participation. This will be available after the webchat
  • Write a reflection on what you have learned and how you could use this information in clinical practice, to store in your portfolio.