About Wound Care: Identification and Assessment


Nurses who work with older adults are likely to encounter wounds. This course presents the basics of wound assessment, as well as the differences between the various stages and types of wounds.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing


American Nurses Credentialing Center


Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

California Board of Registered Nursing


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-AWCIA-V2
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Discuss the 3 primary layers and key functions of the skin.
Distinguish between the different stages of pressure injuries.
Differentiate between arterial, venous stasis, pressure, and neuropathic ulcers.
Describe the criteria to include in wound assessment, including proper measurement.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Skin Layers and Key Functions

Primary Layers

The Epidermis

The Dermis

The Hypodermis

Key Functions



Section 3: Stages and Types of Wounds and Skin Ulcers

Staging of Pressure Injuries

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Unstageable Pressure Injury

Deep Tissue Pressure Injury


Types of Wounds

The Differences Between Arterial and Venous Ulcers




Pressure Injury




Section 4: Wound Assessment

Key Factors of Wound Assessment

The Assessment











Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.
Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993, and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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