Skin and Wound Care Basics for Personal Support Workers (PSWs)

Certificate Overview

How You Will Benefit:

Personal Support Workers are at the front line of care for individuals who require assistance in managing activities of daily living, such as getting up, going to bed, etc. These individuals are often receiving other care from nurses or other healthcare professionals for management of chronic wounds, medications and other treatments.

The role of the PSW is important as this is often the first healthcare provider to see an individual’s skin breakdown or changes in eating. As well, PSWs are often required to maintain dressings being used for chronic wound care. PSWs are in a position to provide important information for RN/RPN staff in early identification of any potential or on-going problems related to an individual’s skin/wound care.

This program will provide PSWs with basic knowledge of the causes of skin breakdown and prevention/treatment approaches; as well as an understanding of the different types of dressings used to treat chronic wounds.

What You Will Learn:

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of healthy vs impaired skin integrity, particularly in the elderly or medically compromised individual.
  • Be able to identify the ‘warning signs” of skin breakdown and strategies to prevent skin breakdown.
  • Understand the key dressing types and how/when they should be used/changed.
  • Review the importance of documentation and communication with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Engage in opportunities to share/learn from others in a safe, respectful environment.

Who Should Take This Program:

  • This program would be of benefit to any front-line Personal Support Worker in Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Homecare or Acute Care settings.

Program Content

The program is interactive with opportunity for hands-on practice with different products related to skin/wound care. Individual work-books are provided with material from the program.

The program will cover topics such as:

Session 1
  • Overview of Skin function & skin health
  •  Risk and Prevention of skin breakdown (focus on elderly)
Session 2
  • Dealing with: Skin Tears and Pressure Injury/Ulcers (Bedsores) and other Chronic wounds (diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, etc)
Session 3
  • Types of dressings/use
  •  Documentation and communication re: skin/wound care
  • Self-assessment/wrap up

Faculty

Rosemary Kohr - BA, BScN, MScN, PhD, RN

Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Profile photo of Rosemary Kohr in circle frame

Dr. Rosemary Kohr, PhD, RN, is the Program Director (Wound Care and Patient Navigation programs), Health Leadership and Learning Network (HLLN), York University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University; and Instructor in the Masters of Health Sciences/Nursing, Athabasca University.

For nearly 2 decades, Dr. Kohr was an Advanced Practice Nurse/ Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and wound care specialist at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). Subsequently, she was the Corporate Program Lead forWound Ostomy Continence with Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, prior to focusing her attention on teaching and consultation.

Dr. Kohr has a keen interest in improving care delivery across the continuum. Hands-on, clinically focused education for healthcare professionals is central to Dr. Kohr’s work. She has travelled across Canada to deliver courses for physicians and nurses; and for the past 5 years, through HLLN at York University, the wound care (Level 1 and 2) courses have provided participants with a simple, standardized approach to dressing selection and best practice in wound prevention and treatment.

With a background in Mental Health (APN, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, LHSC) as well as years working the patients and their families from acute care to community environments, she developed and currently facilitates the Patient Navigation program offered through HLLN at York University. As well, much of her work has been informed by her role as subject-matter expert/consultant for government projects in Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia for system-wide wound care revisions as well as consulting on development and implementation of Patient Navigation systems in Ontario.

Dr. Kohr has worked with First Nations/indigenous health centres and clients, to improve patient outcomes. In 2015, she completed the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Certificate (Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia); and has created and delivered custom courses for First Nations healthcare providers.

Dr. Kohr is one of the founding members of the Ontario Wound Interest Group (ONTWIG). She was Co-Chair of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network group, developing the My Skin Health Passport for Older Adults. For six years, Dr. Kohr was on the Executive (including as President) of the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Dr. Kohr has presented at over 70 national and international healthcare conferences, and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author/editor of the Skin and Wound Chapter, Potter & Perry Canadian Edition of Fundamentals of Nursing, and the first Canadian Edition of Perry, Potter & Ostendorf Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques. Dr. Kohr’s PhD thesis, Hearts, hands and minds: The nurse’s experience of changing a dressing, is available through the University of Alberta library e-holdings.

Dr. Kohr is a Registered Nurse, and member of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

She can be reached at kohrconsulting@gmail.com

Certificate of Completion

At the end of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion.

Certificates are issued on completion of all mandatory requirements ( please make sure to review all of them) approximately two weeks after the program.

Please note in order to receive a certificate of completion you must have attended the program dates and/or achieve the learning objectives of your program as determined by the instructor. For more information please review our Program Policies & Disclaimer.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Wound Care Certificate.

See the Sponsorship Outline for more details contact us at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or hlln@yorku.ca

Accommodation

Schulich Executive Residence on Campus

Price: $149.00 + HST per night (includes breakfast) (price subject to change)

• The Executive Learning Centre features:
• 60 executive style guest rooms on 12 floors each with a queen size bed
• Complimentary high speed internet access
• In room coffee/tea maker
• Wheelchair accessible

Call Reservations (416)-650-8300 book on-line: www.elc.schulich.yorku.ca

or E-mail: reservations@schulich.yorku.ca

Financial Aid - Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.


RPNAO and RNAO's Nursing Education Initiative (NEI)

Funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners currently registered to practice in Ontario can apply to access a maximum of $1,500 in grants per year for clinical and specialty professional development.

RPNs

Applications are to be submitted to the RPNAO. For more information, please visit the RPNAO webpage on the NEI. To navigate the information on NEI, its application process, and FAQ, click on the navigation bar (top of page) "Practice & Education > Nursing Education Initiative" for options.

RNs & NPs

You do not need to be an RNAO member to register for a free account on myRNAO which is needed to access and complete the application. Complete application packages must be received by the RNAO within 90 days of the course's final class. The application requires supporting documents including receipts or a proof of completion.

Please visit the NEI website for more details on the application process, eligibility, and grant calculation method.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.

You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees.

If you are an employee or employer and would like more information, visit the website here.

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.