A Nurse Practitioner Candidate’s Management of a Complex Forearm Wound – A Learning Experience

Ms Catherine Roberts1, Ms  Natasha  Jennings1, Mr John Thompson1,2
1Alfred Health , Melbourne, Australia, 2La Trobe University , Bundoora, Australia

After a long stint in health care management , Katie chose to return to the ‘front line’ and completed her MANP in 2014.  For the last 16 months Katie has worked as a Nurse Practitioner Candidate in the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre.

Patients with open wounds and injuries are a frequent presentation to Australian emergency departments. More often than not, these injuries are managed in the fast track areas of emergency departments or minor injury units. Such injuries can be managed by Nurse Practitioners, and in many cases the patient can be discharged home. A percentage of these patients, following assessment by a nurse practitioner, have more complex wound needs and may require appropriate specialist referral and admission.

This case study explores the management of a complex forearm wound, and the holistic care provided by the nurse practitioner candidate. The nurse practitioner candidate learnings included advanced knowledge of anatomical and functional limb assessment of upper limb injuries. Importantly, the case highlights not only the provision of timely , quality care but the transition from emergency nurse to emergency nurse practitioner candidate.

Katie has had greater than 25 years emergency nursing experience in a number of public and private hospitals both interstate and in Victoria.