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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
  • Linda J. Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN
  • Barbara J. Hocevar, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Peer Reviewer(s): Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, RN, CNE, CWON, CFCN
Item#: N1802
Contents: 1 Course Book (60 pages)
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Physiology of Healing, Wound Assessment, and Documentation

Price $22.95
Item # N1802
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: April 24, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

Whether wounds are acute or chronic, nurses are the clinicians most intimately involved with the assessment, care, and ongoing evaluation of wounds. Key components for success in wound management and improving outcomes are: possessing a fundamental knowledge of wound etiology and the cofactors contributing to wound formation; understanding the physiology of healing; applying critical assessment skills;  implementing  evidence-based standards of care; and completing thorough documentation. Nurses must possess knowledge related to key concepts and principles of the structure of the integumentary system, how it repairs itself when damaged, and when it requires assistance to heal. The challenges of wound healing have long been known and are based on anecdotal cases, personal preferences, and now evidence-based research.

Providing effective wound care involves having a basic understanding of the physiologic process that takes place with healing, differences in acute and chronic wounds, and the level of tissue loss.

Wound assessment and documentation are  essential to the wound management plan. Assessment guides the clinician in identifying the cause of the wound, which will drive treatment decisions, while the use of a validated documentation tool provides consistency and reliability of wound healing evaluations.

Anatomy and physiology of the skin and physiology of wound healing are explained in this course. The final chapter of the course discusses assessment parameters most commonly used in wound evaluation as well as documentation of the wound assessment and progress. Nurses involved in the management of wounds will learn the principles required to assess wounds, determine etiology, monitor and document healing, and create a care management plan. 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1737 - Wound Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the skin, the etiology and healing process for various types of wounds, and the assessment and documentation principles needed to form a care management plan.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of skin, including its layers, functions, and the implications of life span changes.
  • Differentiate among the basic types of wounds, the usual methods of wound closure, the phases of wound healing, and the relationships between the wound type and the healing process.
  • Apply wound assessment principles to determine the cause of the wound, identify contributing factors, form the base of a management plan, and accurately document the wound healing progress.


Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN, has over 25 years of experience in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Akron and a Master of Science degree with a minor in education from the University of Phoenix. She is the current program director of the R.B. Turnbull, Jr. MD School of WOC Nursing Education at Cleveland Clinic. Linda also serves the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society™ in a variety of roles and is the current President-elect of the WOCN® Mideast Region. She has authored or coauthored publications on stoma construction, fistula management, and WOC nursing subjects, and presented on a variety of wound management topics.

Barbara J. Hocevar, MSN, RN, CWOCN, graduated from St. John College with her BSN in 1978. She attended the R.B. Turnbull School of WOC Nursing in 1982. She received her MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Barbara has worked at a tertiary care facility in the acute care and outpatient areas as staff, clinical manager of the ostomy/fistula team, and now serves as the Assistant Director of the R. B. Turnbull, Jr. School of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education. She has published on WOC nursing topics and is a past section editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. She has presented on a variety of ostomy and wound care topics locally, nationally, and internationally.


Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, RN, CNE, CWON, CFCN, has more than 30 years of diverse nursing experience in home care, home infusion, nursing administration, and nursing education. Currently, Dr. Weideman is a full-time Assistant Clinical Professor at Duquesne University. Her primary area of clinical focus is wound and ostomy nursing, and she is board certified as a wound, ostomy, continence, and foot care nurse. Dr. Weideman earned her BSN from Duquesne University, her MBA from Robert Morris University, and her DNP from Duquesne University.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.