Course Content Related to Chronic Wounds in Nursing Degree Programs in Spain

Angel Romero-Collado, Marta Raurell-Torreda, Edurne Zabaleta-del-Olmo, Erica Homs-Romero, Carme Bertran-Noguer

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    © 2014 Sigma Theta Tau International. Purpose: To analyze content related to chronic wounds in nursing degree programs in Spain. Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study. Methods: Course descriptions available for online access during June and July of 2012 were reviewed for the 114 centers in Spain that offer a nursing degree, according to the official Registry of Universities, Centers, and Titles. Findings: Of the 114 centers with degree programs, 95 (83.3%) post course content online, which make it possible to analyze 2,258 courses. In 60 (63.1%) of these centers, none of the courses included the concept of pressure ulcer prevention, and the course content posted by 36 (37.9%) centers made no mention of their treatment. None of the course descriptions contained any reference to pain management in patients with chronic wounds. Of the 728 elective courses analyzed, only one was related to chronic wounds. Conclusions: This review of available information about nursing degree programs in Spain indicates that pain management in patients with chronic wounds is not addressed in any course, and more courses consider the treatment of pressure ulcers than their prevention. Clinical Relevance: Degree programs responsible for the training of future nurses should be reviewed and revised as needed to ensure that graduates have acquired minimum basic competencies in the prevention and treatment of chronic wounds that help to decrease the theory-practice gap in this field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-61
    JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


    • Curriculum
    • Nursing education research
    • Nursing students
    • Pressure ulcer
    • Professional competence
    • Spain
    • Wound healing


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