Position Statement about the Role and Scope of Practice for Wound Care Providers
The purpose of this position statement is to clarify roles of wound care providers: WOC advanced practice registered nurses, WOC specialty nurses, and wound treatment associates.
Statement of Position:
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a clinician-based, professional organization of members, who treat individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence, and are committed to cost-effective and outcome-based health care (WOCN-WOCNCB, 2008). The WOCNSociety is dedicated to assuring the availability of appropriate care for individuals with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence, because patients deserve health care that assists them in maximizing their functional status. The WOCN Society recognizes that to fulfill its mission of ensuring access to quality care to growing numbers of patients with wound care needs, there is a need to extend education to other providers. The WOCN Society recognizes three levels of wound care providers: WOC advanced practice registered nurse, WOC specialty nurse and wound treatment associate, whose scopes of practice will be defined. The WOCN Society endorses the appropriate utilization of each of level of wound care provider.
Lora, we will also be offering Train the Trainer programs via webinar format -- we don't have the dates yet but will notify everyone as soon as this is available.
Let us know if you have additional questions!
Will the Wound Treatment Associate Train the Trainer be offered at another time? I will not be able to attend the Convention in Charlotte this year but I am anxious to get members of my Wound Ostomy Team trained with this program.
Lora McMichael RN, CWOCN