One of the many benefits that the WOCN Society offers nurses is access to information that allows them to further educate themselves throughout their career.
For example, the Society recently updated its Discharge Planning for a Patient with a New Ostomy document. The document, a comprehensive discharge plan for patients with new ostomies, educates nurses on basic ostomy skills. The purpose of the updated document is to provide clinicians with a quick guide to the essential elements of a discharge plan, which may be used to facilitate patient education and transitions of care.
Nurses who have purchased the document have raved about it:
"I personally feel it is a very helpful, concise handout that would be of great benefit to those at an entry level to ostomy care and the related discharge planning. I plan to incorporate it into my orientation of staff and student nurses.” – Sue Gluek, RN, CWON, The Community Hospital
"In a nutshell, this has been a great tool for other staff to reference when I am away, including how to get supplies, where to obtain them and what the patient needs. I am usually the only one that pre-orders supplies for patients, as I am the only ET for inpatient and outpatient care. When on vacation, there is a great disconnect.
Acute care nurses don’t know what should be provided, from where, and they have the misconception that home care ALWAYS provides supplies. Social service doesn’t know what to order (lack of knowledge in ostomy care). This guideline has provided detailed information for staff nurses when I am not available. Great job!” – Lori Lynne, Nurse Manager of an outpatient wound clinic associated with Meadville Medical Center.
"The publication "Discharge Planning for a Patient with a New Ostomy” has been a great resource. With this new publication, I have been able to update our Ostomy Care Policy, educate Case Managers concerning discharge plan, train new WOC nurses concerning ostomy care and provide tips for patients. The benefits from owning this publication have improved my practice by being able to stay current with information, improving processes to promote the continuum of care for patients with ostomies and being able to provide the best care possible.” - Tyree Fender, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, Confluence Health.
The document helps both non-WOC nurses and new WOC nurses by providing a guideline to ensure that a comprehensive ostomy education is done for a patient with a new ostomy before being discharged. The document features information on ordering ostomy supplies, ostomy manufacturers and support resources that are helpful with the transitions of care from hospital to home.
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