Wound Assessment and Management

A toolkit for nurses, students and educators committed to providing excellence in the management of patient wounds.


Wounds affect all ages of Canadians and cost the Canadian health care system an estimated $3.9 billion annually¹. These wounds profoundly impact psychosocial health and quality of life for our patients. Educating nurses on the prevention, assessment and management of wounds will help reduce the burden on the patients and to the healthcare system.

Why Virtual Simulation?

Virtual simulation is an innovative approach to learning which incorporates various adult learning theories including gamification and immediate feedback. Virtual simulation is a convenient and accessible way to educate nurses.

Utilizing a series of virtual simulation games with both self-assessment and formal assessment tools, students, educators and health professionals can improve wound care knowledge, skill and judgement on the four common wound classifications: (1) Pressure injuries, (2) Venous insufficiency ulcers, (3) Diabetic foot ulcers and (4) surgical wounds.

Wound Care


Engaging virtual simulation scenarios to address the most common types of wounds. Includes self-assessment and formative assessment tools as well as a novel V-OSCE (Virtual Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

  1. Canadian Home Care Association (2016). CHCA on the issues: Wound care. Retrieved from
  2. Simonetti, V., Comparcini, D., Flacco, M. E., Di Giovanni, P., & Cicolini, G. (2015). Nursing students’ knowledge
    and attitude on pressure ulcer prevention evidence-based guidelines: a multicenter cross-sectional study.
    Nurse education today, 35(4), 573-579

Nurse Innovator Award

The winners were announced at the Virtual Reception held on November 18, 2020, hosted by Mary Ito, of CBC. We believe that each of this year’s winning projects will have positive impact on nursing and patients for years to come. With deep appreciation to the NIA Founding Donors, the Friends and Supporters, and other donors, we are proud to profile the 2020 RNFOO Nurse Innovator Award Winners.

COUPN Strategic Contribution to Nursing Award

The Alliance, headed up by Co-Presidents Dr. Jane Tyerman and Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude, have partnered with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) to develop and disseminate five virtual simulation modules in both official languages to build capacity among graduating and new registered nurses entering the health care workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wound Care Articles and Research

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