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is a professional nursing society, which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and continence concerns.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
The WOCN Society was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.
New Algorithm for Support Surface Selection
The WOCN Society set out to develop a new clinical guidance tool for nurses to use when selecting support surfaces based on individual patient needs. Published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), this new tool is the first evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for support surface selection that has undergone content validation.
Introducing a New WOCNEP
The WOCN Society is proud to announce its newest WOCNEP: Rutgers University, School of Nursing - Camden Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program.
The new WOCNEP is a part of one of the largest research-intensive universities in the nation, whose motto is "Jersey Roots, Global Reach." The School of Nursing - Camden opened in 2010 and was built upon 30 years of baccalaureate nursing education as a department of nursing. Read more about the new WOCNEP on the latest WOCN blog.
Annual Conference Information
Looking for the Fistula Workshop?
This year we are starting to fold our hands-on workshops into the body of our conference schedule. If you are interested in the education that was previously offered as the Fistula Preconference Workshop, you can now find it in the schedule on Monday, June 8. This year, it will be offered in a two-part concurrent session format. Session O313 will be the didactic section; session O317* will be the second section and will focus on hands-on skills. You will only be permitted to register for the hands-on section if you attend the first section.
*There will be an additional fee of $75 to participate in the skills section.
Leave Your Mark Photo Contest
The WOCN Society recently asked members to send us photos of their 2015 vision board to share how they plan to leave their mark in 2015 and beyond. One lucky winner was chosen at random.
Congratulations to Laurie Ellefson, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN and President of the WOCNCB. Laurie won a WOCN Society prize package containing some of our favorite WOCN-branded products.
Didn't get a chance to send in a photo for the contest? Don't worry -- we're still accepting photos. Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
by April 30, 2015, to be included in the closing session of the Annual Conference.
New Publications Available
Seven complications of stomas are described in the Stoma Complications document. Each complication includes categories of: assessment with identifying characteristics; nursing interventions describing prevention and treatment; and patient/caregiver education. Newer research when available and additional references are included. This document will supplement nurses' knowledge of caring for stoma complications.
This document is designed for the non-WOC nurse as a guideline to ensure that a comprehensive ostomy education is done for a patient with a new ostomy before discharged. Basic ostomy skills, such as emptying and changing the pouching system, are covered, plus the document features information about diet, medications, gas and odor, and signs and symptoms of complications. This document guides the nurse to teach on topics such as ordering ostomy supplies, ostomy manufacturers, and support resources that are helpful with the transitions of care from hospital to home.
As policymakers, both at the state and federal level, as well as private insurers, look to reduce health care costs, there is always concern that medically-necessary products, like ostomy supplies, could fall victim to budget cuts or a narrowing of benefits. Oftentimes, coverage for ostomy supplies is limited as a means to reduce costs, as these supplies are often categorized as non-essential. This document was created to provide you with a resource to explain to policymakers why ostomy supplies are essential and why we should look to expand, not reduce coverage.
The WOCN Foundation would like to extend a special message of gratitude to Carl and Michelle Guild for the generous donation they recently made to the Foundation in honor of their nurse, Donna Loehner, BSN, RN, CWOCN. Thank you for your support of the WOC nursing specialty!
Reminder: 2015 Call for Research Proposals
Limited time remains to apply for the 2015 WOCN Society Member's Research Grant. This grant will fund studies that aim to improve health outcomes of patients with WOC problems, strengthen the evidence base of the WOC nursing practice and enhance the delivery of WOC nursing care.
The application deadline is Feb. 9, 2015, at 4:30 pm CST.Learn more about the grant and eligibility requirements.
WTA Quick Facts
1. Did you know that more than 70 facilities across the US offer the WTA Program? View a list of facilities that currently offer the program and are able to enroll external participants.
2. Since its inception in 2012, more than 1,500 participants have enrolled in the WTA program. More than 1,100 participants completed the course with a 95% passing rate.
3. According to a 2014 survey, these are the top three reasons why WOCN members chose to bring the WTA Program to their facilities:
- Recognizing a need for more nurses on the floor to understand and deliver proper/better-quality wound care recommended by the CWOCNs;
- Making a decision to add more qualified personnel and expanding the wound care team at the facility; and
- Understanding the need for evidence-based wound care knowledge at the clinician level.
Learn more about the WTA Program today.