WOC Nurse Week – April 13-19, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Posted by: Becky Dryden
Celebrate with us! This year, we're
thanking our WOC nurses for the work they do all year during WOC Nurse Week,
April 13-19, 2014.
WOC nursing combines the kind and considerate care that patients suffering from wound, ostomy and incontinence issues need, with the improved patient care results that nurses deliver, lowering costs and changing the lives of patients.
The Impact of a WOC Nurse
A recent study investigated how WOC nurses affect patient outcomes in home health care settings and found that patients in home health care agencies with a WOC nurse, compared to agencies without a WOC nurse, were:
- Nearly twice as likely to have improvement in pressure ulcers.
- 20% more likely to have improvement in lower extremity ulcers.
- 40% more likely to have improvement in surgical wounds.
- 40% more likely to have improvement in urinary incontinence.
- 14% more likely to have improvement in bowel incontinence.
The goal of WOC Nurse Week 2014 is to spread the word and educate others about the work WOC nurses do every day for patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Only WOC nurses combine Compassionate Care & Results to make this difference.
WOC Nurse Brochure
This brochure, initiated by the WOCN Society marketing committee, provides an overview of the purpose, preparation (education and certification) and practice that makes WOC nurses the right choice. It also provides information about the certification process and credentials available from the WOCNCB and describes the eligibility criteria. Share this brochure with your colleagues and administrators.
Download the Brochure >>
WOC Nurse Week Poster
The Society is pleased to offer members a poster celebrating 2014 WOC Nurse Week. We hope you will hang this poster prominently and proudly to show you have a special week devoted to your field and the work you do.
Download the Poster >>
WOC Nurse Week Logo
Use the official 2014 WOC Nurse Week logo for your website, Facebook page, Twitter account or email signature.
Right click and "Save image as..." to download it!
WOC Nurse Week is supported by an educational grant from Smith & Nephew
Earn a Chance to Win!
To celebrate and honor WOC nurses, the WOCN Society is once again holding a WOC Nurse Week Photo Contest. Upload your favorite picture of you wearing your WOC Nurse Week button, standing near your WOC Nurse Week poster, or holding your WOC Nurse Week brochure. One lucky winner will receive a prize package from the WOCN Society! Learn more >>
Want Free CE?
From April 1, 2014 through April 10, 2014, members are asked to submit a story, or stories, highlighting how they show compassionate care in their current role and/or a patient story that showcases exceptional outcomes and results based on the care they provided. The top stories will be posted to the WOCN Society's Facebook page during WOC Nurse week. The story with the most likes and shares will be chosen as the winner. Learn more >>
This year, we're also celebrating with The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy.