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The development and testing of the C/WoundComp instrument for assessing chronic wound‐care competence in student nurses and podiatrists

List of Authors: Kielo-Viljamaa Emilia, Suhonen Riitta, Ahtiala Maarit, Kolari Terhi, Katajisto Jouko, Salminen Leena, Stolt Minna

Publisher: Wiley

Publication year: 2020

Journal: International Wound Journal


Journal acronym: INT WOUND J

Volume number: 18

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 17

ISSN: 1742-4801


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The purpose of this study was to describe the level of chronic wound-care competence among graduating student nurses and student podiatrists in comparison with that of professionals and to develop and test a new instrument (the C/WoundComp) that assesses both theoretical and practical competence in chronic wound care as well as attitudes towards wound care. The data (N = 135) were collected in 2019 from four groups (1): graduating student nurses (n = 44) (2); graduating student podiatrists (n = 28) (3); registered nurses (n = 54); and (4) podiatrists (n = 9). The data were analysed using statistical analysis. According to the results, the students' total mean competence score was 62%. Their mean score for theoretical competence was 67%, and for practical competence, it was 52%. The students' competence level was statistically significantly lower than that of the professionals (P < .0001), but the students showed a positive attitude towards chronic wound care. The instrument demonstrated preliminary validity and reliability, but this warrants further testing. This study provides new knowledge about student nurses' and student podiatrists' competence in chronic wound care, suggesting that their theoretical and practical competence is limited. In addition, it provides information on different methods of assessing competence and how they can be combined.

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