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
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.
Proposed Rule on Disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Payment
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed payment policy for how disposable devices will be paid for in the home health setting, including not paying for the services of home health providers who administer disposable NPWT to their patients. Click here for more detailed information.
The Society is very concerned with this proposal and has provided CMS with detailed comments
about the refusal to pay for provider services.
Check out the new wocn.org!
We have transformed wocn.org
to fit our members' needs for a site that is mobile responsive and easy to navigate. We hope you enjoy the new look!
To help users navigate the new website layout, we are holding an online scavenger hunt. Three winners will be selected at random to win a FREE one-year Full Membership with the Society!
Enter to win:
The winners will be announced via email and social media on Monday, Oct. 10.
- Visit the scavenger hunt page.
- Answer each question correctly.
- Submit your name and email.
- Participate by Friday, Oct. 7.
Less Than One Month Left!
Have you developed a unique approach to managing psychosocial issues your patients are facing? Has your facility found an innovative way of reducing pressure injury prevalence? Or perhaps you and you colleagues have an interesting case study that you would like to share.
If so, now is the time to submit an abstract
for the WOCN® Society's 49th Annual Conference, being held this May in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sharing your findings can make a difference in developing improved patient outcomes rooted in results
To maximize your chances of acceptance, please follow the submission requirements
. The deadline to submit an abstract is Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11:00 AM ET.
Can You Hear Me Now? Having Your Voice Heard in the Value Analysis Process
Sue Creehan, MSN, RN, CWON, will present the second webinar in this year's Partners in Prevention educational series on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET.
After the webinar you will be able to:
- Describe the value analysis process.
- Identify at least two behaviors that influence success in negotiating/collaborating with value analysis.
- Discuss the attributes of emotional intelligence and how it relates to the role of the WOC nurse.
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Sage Products. The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products and services.
Strengthen your facility's Wound Care Team
If you're interested in the
Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program 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, you would highlight the benefits of the WTA Program to the administrators at your facility.
WTA Program highlights:
- Evidence-based continuing education course worth 21 contact hours.
- Educates wound care providers about optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds.
- Content highlights the role of CWCN consultation for wounds.
- Online modules and case studies are followed by required competency training and testing.
- Designed to be completed within three months.
Check out the video below to learn more about the WTA Program
|Did You Know?
Shawneen Schmitt, MSN, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, FACCWS, is on the Society's Board of Directors and serves as Director-at-Large.
Shawneen is also the Society's Lead Nurse Planner and a legal nurse consultant who has been recognized as a nurse expert witness in medical malpractice cases.
Shawneen has given numerous presentations relating to wound, ostomy and foot/nail care. She has received many honors and awards throughout her career, including the WOC Nursing Excellence Award from the North Central Region of the Society, but did you know the following fun facts about Shawneen?
|What is your favorite color?
|What is your favorite tv show?
||Call the Midwife / Doc Martin.
|What's your favorite movie?
||You've Got Mail.
|What is your favorite season?
|Do you have any pets? What are their names?
||A cat named Willow who recently passed away.
|What is your drink of choice?
|Where is your favorite place to eat?
|How do you spend your weekends? What are your hobbies?
||Going to church, rest and relaxations, catching up on housework and entertaining family.
|Who is your favorite author?
||Robin Cook. Anything medical or detective.
|Who is your role model and why?
||Jesus Christ because He is the perfect role model for my eternal life.
|What is something on your Bucket List?
||Vist all the US National Parks, view an aurora borealis and visit Jerusalem.
|What celebrity would you like to have dinner with?
||Greta Van Susteren.
|What advice do you have for nurses just starting their careers?
||Get involved by volunteering at your regional level. Keep in touch with your preceptor(s) for moral support and guidance. Remember to ask your fellow WOC colleagues for assistance, realizing that we all were "new" WOC nurses at some time.
|What is your favorite part about being a WOC nurse?
||Being who I am as a WOC nurse, enjoying the work, being recognized as an asset to the healthcare team, collaborating with fellow colleagues, seeing a satisfied patient and having positive outcomes with a WOC plan of care.