Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) is the largest and most recognized professional nursing community dedicated to advancing the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. Through relevant education, effective advocacy, cutting-edge science, a supportive network, and a patient-centric approach, WOCN is dedicated to enabling professional growth for 5,000+ members and improving patient outcomes.

Mission

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ is a professional community dedicated to advancing the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. We support our members’ practice through advocacy, education, and research.

Vision

To be the preferred community for wound, ostomy, and continence advocacy, education, and research recognized for promoting safe and effective care worldwide.

Core Vaules

Integrity
Demonstrated by uncompromised dedication to be a trusted, unbiased, and
credible source of evidence-based information and expertise.

 

Leadership
Demonstrated by being stewards of excellence with a common passion for
mutual respect, shared experience, and life-long learning.

 

Knowledge
Demonstrated by continuing commitment to education and research to generate and
disseminate knowledge that improves patient outcomes.

THEN & NOW: A journey through the decades of WOC Nursing

 

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What is a WOC Nurse?

A WOC nurse is a Registered Nurse (RN) who holds a Baccalaureate Degree or higher and completes a formal, accredited WOC full scope or specialty education program. WOC nurses can specialize in wounds, ostomies, or incontinence, and provide acute and rehabilitative needs for individuals with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary system. WOC nurses provide direct care to people with abdominal stomas, wounds, fistulas, drains, pressure injuries, and/or continence disorders, and can serve as an educator, consultant, researcher, or administrator.

Board of Directors

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Committee Chairs

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Headquarters & Staff

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