Wound care is one of those nursing skills that is important but is frequently applied in a haphazard fashion. A recent study in the British Journal of Nursing found that cardiac nurses in Irish hospitals had knowledge deficits about wound healing and the signs and symptoms of surgical site infection.


The constraints that nurses face in delivering the care they believe their patients require are diverse. Nurses work in an environment where their work is undervalued because it is mainly done in private. The personal nature of nurses' work with their patients while highly prized by the recipient is not something that nurses discuss openly. It is invisible to nearly everyone else because nurses don't talk about their work.