Wound Care Education

Update: July 2021

Our team is developing a comprehensive online wound care educational module for nurses and nursing students, featuring a series of virtual simulation games (VSGs) with embedded self-assessment, formative assessment, and an innovative virtual simulation quiz (VSQ) for summative assessment. The proposed video-based virtual simulation games will support knowledge of assessment, etiology, treatment and clinical decision-making related to four common wound classifications: (1) pressure injuries, (2) venous insufficiency ulcers, (3) diabetic foot ulcers and, (4) surgical wounds.

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We have successfully created three of the proposed VSGs (pressure injury, venous ulcer, diabetic foot ulcer) and are scripting the fourth VSG (surgical wound) and the VSQ. We have experienced some delays in filming due to COVID-19 restrictions in accessing the simulation lab.  Scripts for the completed VSGs have been sent for translation. We anticipate completing the filming for the last VSG and the VSQ in late August or early September. The first VSG (pressure injury) has undergone usability testing by one of our graduate students. We have selected a web designer (eLearnza) and are working with them to create a new website to host the module and resources.

The Wound Care Education team is planning a “first of its kind” Virtual Simulation Game to teach wound care online to nurses and nursing students. With virtual Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) or V-OSCE summative assessment embedded, this will serve as a powerful tool to help standardize wound care education. 

The Wound Care Education team has extensive experience in creation and utilization of a cost-effective, user friendly, video-based Virtual Simulation Game (VSG) design and development process. The team plans to develop a comprehensive online wound care educational module for nurses and nursing students, featuring a series of virtual simulation games (VSGs) with embedded self-assessment, formative assessment, and an innovative virtual Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) or V-OSCE for summative assessment.


Virtual Simulation Games are not new to nursing education. However, the team has not found a virtual simulation game used as a V-OSCE in nursing education. This innovation will allow educators to assess learner competency related to wound assessment and clinical decision-making in a standardized fashion following multiple exposures to similar virtual simulation games and the decision-making process. Learners will be provided with remediation resources based on their VOSCE scores. Our games will have pre/post self-assessment rubrics, embedded formative assessment/feedback, and a “putting it all together” summative assessment V-OSCE game requiring the learner to apply acquired knowledge.


NIA funds will support the development of a Wound Care Nursing Website and dissemination of resources to nursing educators across Canada.