Suturing: Basic Wound Closure

Program Dates

March 22, 2018   9:00 am – 1:30 pm     Download PDF Brochure

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July 27, 2018      9:00 am – 1:30 pm      Download PDF Brochure

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December 1, 2018     9:00 am – 1:30 pm      Download PDF Brochure

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Program Location:

Acute Care Education
7200 NE 41st Street, Suite 206
Vancouver, WA 98662

Program Fee:  $199

Contact Hours: 4.0

Program Description

Suturing is a necessary practical skill for many nurse practitioners. This course is designed to enhance your skill as a practitioner to properly assess and close open wounds. Time will be spent on how to assess a wound, selection of appropriate suturing materials and anesthetics, and practical time on appropriate wound closure techniques.  This hands-on skills class includes lecture combined with practical time to apply the skills of suturing. 

Who Should Attend?  APRN’s in all care settings, ARNP students, Registered Nurses, and other Health Sciences Professionals wishing to acquire skills in suturing.

Desired Learning Outcome:  You will practice basic principles and techniques of suturing to properly close a wound.  

At the conclusion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the important components in evaluating lacerations
  • Discuss pharmacological agents and methods of anesthesia
  • Discuss suture material choices, selection, and alternative methods of closure
  • Discuss characteristics of various suturing techniques
  • Select and practice appropriate methods for specific wound closures

Program Agenda

8:45 am – 9:00 am       Registration / Sign In 
9:00 am – 9:10 am       Welcome/Announcements 
9:10 am – 9:30 am       Suture & suturing materials 
9:30 am – 10:00 am     Local anesthesia for wounds 
10:00 am – 10:30 am   Wound evaluation & preparation  
10:30 am – 10:50 am   Break 
10:50 am – 1:05 pm     Suturing Techniques:  

  • Simple interrupted suturing
  • Running suture 
  • Subcutaneous or buried suture
  • Horizontal mattress
  • Vertical mattress

1:05 pm – 1:15 pm       Final Review / Q & A / Clean up 
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm       Online evaluations 

Sharon Hento, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

Sharon  is a skilled, service-oriented Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) for family practice / primary care.   She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Seattle University where she focused on quality improvement initiatives to improve patient care clinical outcomes.  She is a preceptor for nurse practitioner students from the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, and Seattle University. Sharon is a take-charge leader with a proven ability to develop and lead quality improvement initiatives and projects resulting in the improvement of patient care enterprise-wide.  Her extensive knowledge and skill area focuses on project management and process improvements using Lean Six Sigma methodologies, team building, collaboration, leadership and facilitation. 


This educational activity will provide 4.0 contact hours (including 0.5 pharmacology hours) to learners who complete the Criteria of Successful Completion.

Acute Care Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Nursing Education Approver (A-CNE), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Registration includes:  Attendance at program, all suturing materials used in class, downloadable program handouts, all day coffee, tea, water, and light breakfast.  Wi-fi is available in the conference center.

Criteria for Successful Completion

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