Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN


Patients with vascular wounds are medically complex and require registered nurses (RNs) with specialized education in vascular disease and vascular wound care to assess and freat their wounds. A standardized vascular wound nursing education program was developed for RNs at affiliate regional clinics to provide specialized education on types of vascular wounds, co-morbid diseases associated with vascular wounds, diagnostic procedr:res used to diagnose vascular diseases, treatments to improve vasculature to the wound, debridement of wounds, and wound care products used to treat the wound and promote healing. An interactive nursing education progrirm containing three nursing education modules was created for new and experienced RNs who desire to work with vascular wounds. The interactive wound care nursing education program will provide a standard of nursing care for patients with vascular wounds. RNs at the affiliate regional clinics will provide improved patient care as they implement current evidence based practice for patients with vascular wounds. Patients will also benefit as they experience decreased costs of care and improved access to care.


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