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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 6 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#: N1804
Contents: 1 Course Book (134 pages)
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Topical Wound Care: Challenges and Interventions

Price $33.95
Item # N1804
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

Wound healing is a complex process. The various treatments and myriad wound care products available can make wound management seem daunting. Most acute wounds heal uneventfully after a predictable wound healing process. However, chronic wound resolution is not as simple. Many factors influence the chronic wound healing process. These may include many local factors and systematic factors. The nurse must understand and consider the various influences when creating a wound care plan and selecting approaches to obtain the desired outcome.

This course will provide nurses involved in the management of wounds with a comprehensive overview of topical wound care, including tangible knowledge they can apply when determining approaches, selecting products, preventing or mitigating infection, and recommending adjunctive therapies that promote healing and comfort based on the goals of therapy. 

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 topical wound care approaches that promote healing including product selection, debridement, the periwound area, infection control, dressing application, and adjunctive therapies.
  • Describe the factors involved in the selection of topical wound care products.
  • Describe various types of wound debridement and discuss situations in which to use each debridement method.
  • Discuss the effect of bioburden on wound healing and measures used to prevent or ameliorate these effects.
  • Identify various problems associated with the skin surrounding a wound (the periwound skin).
  • Describe the removal, application, packing, and securement of a wound dressing and discuss pain management and sterile technique as they affect wound care.
  • Discuss adjunctive therapies used in wound management and how these therapies enhance wound healing.


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.