The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators has dedicated this website to teaching the learners how to provide nursing care to pressure ulcers. Learners have three options for completing the four modules, which are (1) certificate of completion with 1.5 contact hours; (2) proof of completion without contact hours; and (3) no proof of completion or contact hours.
There are four modules to this course. The first teaches how to stage pressure ulcers. The next module does a comparison of pressure ulcers with other wounds such as diabetic, arterial and venous wounds. The third module explains how to measure pressure ulcer occurrences and the organization of the wound care team. The final module discusses community verses hospital acquired pressure ulcers.
The NDNQI states the general purpose of this website is “to provide a comprehensive overview of pressure ulcer identification, staging and pressure ulcer survey procedures for accuracy in data collection”.
“After reviewing the training modules and passing module tests, you will be able to:
• Accurately stage pressure ulcers from photographs and wound description
• Differentiate a pressure ulcer from other types of wounds
• Describe pressure ulcer data collection procedures
• Distinguish among a community-acquired, hospital-acquired and unit-acquired pressure ulcer”.
Target Student Population:
The course is great for basic level nursing students. The course is also useful for novice to expert nurses. Allied health students might also benefit.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The prerequisites for this course should be anatomy and physiology. Basic mathematic skills are necessary for the data collection session of the course.
Type of Material:
The material is a training and course type for nurses to learn how to exam and assess pressure ulcers by staging and differentiating the ulcers from other integumentary wounds. The course also includes pressure ulcer survey and differentiation between community and hospital acquired pressure ulcers.
This tool would be an excellent resource for a pre-licensure nursing course, as a continuing education resource for practicing nurses, and as a refresher for individuals returning to the field. This tool may also be of use to individuals in other areas of allied health and direct patient care. Individuals employed by nursing homes and long term care facilities may also find this tool useful.
The course is designed for Internet Explorer; however, it does work in Mozilla Foxfire.
Evaluation and Observation
The authors used several visual photographs to assist with staging pressure ulcers. Other photographs were used to identify other types of wounds.
Information in this module comes from a very reputable organization. Source materials and recommendations also come from reputable sources.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The objectives are clearly written in several modules.
This tool is graphic (many photos) and provides great, accessible information on pressure ulcer identification and staging.
The learners are assumed to be nurses, since it is published by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The prerequisites are implied since nurses completed anatomy and physiology. Nurses also have basic mathematic skills. There is no clear mention of prerequisites.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The quizzes are good reinforcement for the learners. Each quiz-taking event reveals different photographs. The pressure ulcer survey is the most interactive feature of course. The tool does not require sound or flash and does impart great information. The tool could be used by a nurse on a hospital ward or by a student in a course with equal ease.
Nurses would do the course if they needed the information. The course overall is not very interactive or engaging. The design quality is very bland.