The WOCN Society 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 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.
Have You Seen Our New Video?
The Society recently released a new video created to generate awareness of ostomates and the critical role WOC nurses play in their care. Watch the video now and be sure to share it with patients and colleagues!
WOCN Society educational scholarships are made possible through contributions from individual members, wound, ostomy and continence product manufacturers, private and public donations, endowments and regions and affiliates, which comprise the WOCN Society.
Scholarships are awarded to deserving individuals who are committed to working in the specialty practice of wound, ostomy or continence nursing.
Submit an Abstract for the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference
The WOCN Society and CAET are excited to announce that abstract submission for the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference is now open. Now is your chance to share your research with WOC nurses from around the world. The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 4, at noon EST.
From Hygienic Task to Preventive Intervention: Preventing and Managing Incontinence Associated Dermatitis
It has been 10 years since a meeting in Chicago resulted in the term Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) and its first related consensus document. Join Mikel Gray and Denise Nix for a webinar as they explore the evolution of IAD prevention and management from hygienic task to critical intervention bundles for patient safety. This webinar will present current best evidence and best practices for assessment, prevention and management of IAD in the critical care setting. Whether you are a critical care nurse or WOC nurse who consults in the ICU, the information in this webinar will inform your efforts at both IAD and pressure ulcer prevention in the context of moisture management.
At the end of this webinar, the participants will be able to:
Review the etiology, causes and epidemiology of IAD in the critical care unit.
Discuss the natural history of IAD in the acute and critical care settings and its relationship to pressure ulcer risk.
Identify strategies to prevent IAD in the critical care unit and its incorporation into preventive care bundles for hospital acquired pressure ulcers and catheter associated urinary tract infection.
Outline strategies for managing IAD in the critical are unit, including strategies for containing urinary and fecal incontinence.
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Sage Products.
WTA Program Quick Facts
Did you know that more than 90 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.
Since its inception in 2012, nearly 3,000 participants have enrolled in the WTA program. Nearly 2,000 participants completed the course with a 96% passing rate.
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.
The WOCN Society has created a video series designed to help you get the most out of our website. The series features a variety of videos, including: how to access and post on the WOCN forums; managing your profile; and many more.