“Pressure injury staging is difficult whether you’re an experienced nurse or a new grad,” said Sharon Pettiford, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist director of nursing. “There’s so much to learn about it, and you may not see a pressure injury every day. If you don’t use it, you lose it. We need to keep our minds fresh and stay on top of the game in terms of assessment and understanding the difference between each stage.’”
For example, she said it’s important to reinforce that pressure injuries don’t always occur in the “sacral area. Pressure injuries can happen anywhere.”
“Frontline staff nurses are stretched more than ever, yet patient condition assessments remain consistently important,” said Turner. “When it comes to pressure injuries, accurate staging is key to identifying the right treatment and intervention.”
A ‘morale boost’ for busy staff
In-person demonstrations also provide a “morale boost” for busy staff, especially newer nurses, said Pettiford.
“The atmosphere for learning is more exciting when you have lots of people around with the same interests,” she said, adding that it’s rewarding to bring new knowledge “back to the bedside, delivering that level of patient care and feeling good about doing it.”
Julie Olson, a WOC nurse at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, who received Apple P.I.E. training in April, says “the education piece can be tricky. Last year, I was a course coordinator and would spend hours of my own time developing courses. Medline has done it already. Let’s not reinvent the wheel.”