On Monday, March 30, 2015, WOCN Society National Office representatives Heather Martinek, Becky Dryden, Megan Grant and Cynthia Cook visited the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden. The team had the opportunity to meet with Program Director Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, and nurses participating in the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOCNEP). Students who complete the didactic and practicum portions of the program are qualified to sit for the wound, ostomy and continence nursing certification exams offered by the WOC Nursing Certification Board. These certifications are recognized by the American Nurses Association.
It was an exciting exchange of information with the students engaged in accessing the WOCN website and learning about the many benefits of WOCN Society membership and its resources – resources such as access to a wide variety of educational information and guidelines for the specialty, plus access to like-minded professional colleagues to support patient challenges.
These students plays a critical role in the safe patient care of individuals across the lifespan and across healthcare settings (acute care, home care, assisted living, long-term care). As the population ages and with the dramatic surge in chronic illnesses like diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular disease, oncologic disorders and urinary/fecal incontinence, the demand for WOC-certified nurses is growing rapidly.
Learn more about the WOCNEPs.