Burn care nursing course


Burns Care Nursing Course

Nursing burns is a very specific discipline. More than on any other department, nurses must care for patients with highly complex and life-threatening situations. Since further special training is indispensable for nurses working at a burns centre, in 2008 the three Dutch burns centres developed a specialised further training course for Burns Care Nurse, with the support of the Dutch Burns Foundation. The training course is offered by and under responsibility of the three centres, and is accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the Dutch quality register for nurses and care providers (Kwaliteitsregister V&V). Initial evaluation results indicate that nurses have advanced in the exercise of their profession.



Competence-based training of burns nurses, to achieve a more effective preparation for the burns care practice and a more efficient learning and supervision process for BCNC students. This training structure satisfies the requirements as set by the Netherlands Board of Hospital Education (College Ziekenhuis Opleidingen, CZO).

Target Group

Nurses that have completed an intermediate and/or higher nursing education and are employed at a burns centre, or certified nurses that regularly provide care to burn patients.

Intended result

After completing this further nursing training course, the burns nurse is able

  • Within burns care, to provide care in situations of medium to high complexity, from admission until discharge
  • To apply standard procedures and combinations of standard procedures under varying circumstances
  • In unusual situations, to independently devise and apply a solution
  • If necessary, to develop new procedures based on the results of interventions with individual patients in diverse care situations, and if necessary, to make proposals for protocol modifications.
    After completing this further training course, the burns nurse displays a well-developed, empathetic and analytical competence, good communicative skills, strong self-discipline, precision, reliability, commitment and robust stress-resistance (source: Dutch professional role profile, 'beroepsdeelprofiel')..



The entire training course comprises 6 modules offered under supervision of certified nursing instructors. The training is given at one of the three burns centres in the Netherlands. A large number of specialists have committed to the training course as guest instructor. The modules offer the content described below (BCNC prospectus 2010):


During the training course, the students, work mentors (preceptors), workplace trainers, guest instructors and the centres' line managers will make use of a restricted access section of the Dutch Burns Foundation's website. This site can be accessed using a personal login code. The site provides practical information, e.g. on internships, as well as all the training materials:

  • Module books
  • Preparatory assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Assessment lists for practical assignments
  • Assessment lists for test of competence
  • Assessment lists for professional development
  • Module evaluation forms Supplementary training materials, etc.

The students, burns centres and training course heads will also receive hardcopy versions of the module books. The entire BCNC administration and website management is in the hands of the secretariat of the Dutch Burns Foundation.


The modules are evaluated by the students, instructors, programme heads and responsible workplace trainers/mentors from the three burns centres (see the prospectus). These evaluations form the basis for any changes with respect to content or the process.

Furthermore, the collaborative framework of the three Dutch burns centres maintains two consultative bodies with the support of NBS:

  1. BCNC Supervisory Committee, which fulfils an advisory role towards the management of the hospitals involved and has a directive and quality-centred role with respect to the development and maintenance of the BCNC. This committee consists of at least two representatives of each hospital involved (a line manager and an education professional). This consultative body is responsible for the entire organisation of the BCNC and is advised by the BCNC users group.
  2. BCNC users group, which continually assesses and evaluates the training course and compiles the content of the curriculum. The users group consists of the workplace trainers associated with the burns centre concerned (at most two per hospital), and the BCNC heads.. This consultative body convenes at least three times a year and is responsible for the exchange of information with respect to the content and the optimisation of the training programme.