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The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program Provides Fundamental Wound Care Training

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, October 27, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program Provides Fundamental Wound Care Training


If you’re a non-specialty licensed wound care provider, a medic or corpsmen looking to enhance your professional skills, the WOCN Society® has just what you need!


The WOCN Society developed the WTA® Program, a continuing education activity, which prepares a non-WOC certified professional to provide optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of a WOC specialty nurse, WOC APRN, or physician. Under the direction of a WOC specialty nurse, the program features online lectures, PowerPoint slides and written final examinations and skills testing. This online course is designed to be completed in three months and offers 21.0 contact hours upon competition. It is currently being offered nation-wide locations.


Don’t worry, if the WTA Program isn’t offered near you or at your current institution. If you’re interested in the course being offered at your institution, you need to identify a qualified WOC nurse (it could be you!) who would serve as the Course Coordinator. Then, highlight the benefits of the WTA program to administrators at your health care system or hospital. For resources on the program benefits, check out the marketing toolkit which provides interested parties with an introduction to the WTA Program, a letter to send to decision makers and a presentation for administrators.


Once program is successfully completed, WTA graduates can find additional resources to enhance their professional development on the WTA website, while current WOCN members can discuss issues and share information on the WTA member forum. If you’re interested in becoming a WOCN member, check out the membership benefits.


View the video below for a quick course tutorial that highlights the benefits of the WTA Program! If you would like additional information on the WTA Program, visit, browse the FAQs or email with any questions.


Tags:  ostomy  WOCN  wounds  WTA  WTA program 

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Submit your Abstract for WOCN 2015 Now!

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, October 13, 2014

Submit your Abstract for WOCN 2015 Now!

“Leave your mark” by submitting an abstract for the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference!

Get started now!

1.       Click here to review the Abstract Submission Process slide show*
*We ask that everyone considering submitting an abstract this year review these slides prior to beginning the submission process.

2.       Click here to submit an abstract - NOW OPEN!

The Call for Abstracts site is available now through Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 12:00pm EST.

All accepted abstracts will be presented in some form during the conference, available on the WOCN website and printed in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. Only accepted Research abstracts will be considered for oral presentations. If your abstract is not accepted for an oral presentation, it will be presented as a poster presentation.

Submitters will receive decision notification in February 2015.

Sage Products, Inc. will provide the WOCN® Society an unrestricted educational grant to provide a limited number of travel scholarships to support first-time abstract presenters with a focus on Preventative Practices for Wounds. If your submission meets this criteria, please check off the first-time presenter button and make sure you choose Preventative Practices under the Wound category.


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Top Tips for Night Shift Nurses

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, September 29, 2014

At one point in their career, most nurses will work the night shift. Some love it, others dread it. Whether you love it or hate it, here are some tips WOCN found to get you through the night.

  • Coffee/Caffeine is not always your friend. While it may seem like a great idea to hit up Dunkin or Starbucks on your way in to work, consuming copious amounts of caffeine can end up doing more harm than good. If you have to have it, try drinking it later in your shift so that you avoid a “caffeine crash.”
  • Keep your guard up. No one ever wishes for an emergency but night shifts can go on for hours without anything “eventful” happening. Don’t let your guard down – be ready for something to happen when you least expect it so that when/if it does happen, you are on top of your game!
  • Change it up. Some nurses report that after they’ve worked the night shift for years, their career has come to a screeching halt. It’s a good idea to occasionally work the day shift so that key decision makers can see you in action and know the skills you possess.
  • Friend me! It’s no secret that night shifts can tend to be tight knit groups. Make sure you get to know who you are working with as those around you can make a long night shift longer if you don’t enjoy being around one another!
  • Brighten up. If you have the ability to wear brightly colored scrubs on your shift, do so. Studies have shown that the brighter the colors, the happier a person is. You can also make patients feel better too when they need a pick-me-up the most.
  • Snack time! Eating can be a huge issue for many that work nights. Eating a “breakfast” before you go to work can help boost your energy while making you feel ready for the day, well, night. If eating as soon as you get up isn’t your thing, bring food with you as well as a snack to eat in the wee hours of the morning. Nothing is worse than being hungry and when you are, it can make you feel more tired than you already are.
  • Not for everyone. Some take the night shift to assist with childcare issues, scheduling conflicts, etc. but sometimes, those who work the night shift find out that it wasn’t everything they thought it was going to be. If you find yourself in this position, it’s okay to talk to your supervisor. If you can’t perform to the degree that you need to, you aren’t helping anyone, especially yourself!

Have more tips on how to survive the night shift? Never worked it but have questions for those that do? Sound off below!


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Why I decided to become a WOC Nurse

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For nurses, choosing a specialty can be one of the most important decisions they make of their career. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) recently followed and interviewed two WOC nurses to see how they determined the nursing field that they would enter into. Both young women offer different advice for potential WOC nurses and encourage the WOCN Society as a valuable resource. Erin and Lydia take you through an average work day and explain how they made the very important decision of becoming a WOC specialty practice nurse.

We encourage you to share these videos with anyone who might be considering the WOC nursing specialty. Information on how to become a WOC nurse can be found by clicking here.

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WOCN® New Image Library

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The WOCN Society has updated its image library, available through the WOCN website. This members-only library holds images related to wound, ostomy and continence patients that can be used for both educational and personal use and in any learning situation. The added benefit? These photos come directly from other WOC nurses.

To keep our library up to date and full of content, are asking that members help us build the library and submit any images that would be beneficial. We are searching for diverse and educational photos that can be used by the entire WOCN community.

Submitting photos is easy and can be done by any member. By using the submission form found through the WOCN website, you can share your images while building the WOC library.

The images can be of anything that you find helpful, educational or interesting. From wound before and after pictures to images of the patients you treat. Don’t forget the team you work with! Nurses and staff treating patients and partaking in their day to day routine make great images for the library and can used quite often! When taking any picture, remember to obtain the subject’s permission before publishing any photos. Images should be high resolution and can be taken by yourself or by someone you know. If they are taken from a source it is important to remember to reference the image. The WOCN Image Library page will guide you through this process so the image is correctly referenced.  

Grab your cameras and start snapping some photos! We can’t wait to see what you post! 

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