Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Thursday, October 3, 2019
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The WOCN® Society is proud to help the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day (OAD), on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
To help celebrate, we have released a special bonus WOCTalk podcast episode. In this episode, we talk with Joanna Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, a dedicated full scope wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse living with two ostomies. Listen to hear about Joanna's healthcare journey, her career as a WOC nurse, and her involvement with UOAA and Ostomy Awareness Day.
To equip WOC nurses and allied health professionals who work with individuals living with ostomies, we have launched 5 ostomy-related continuing education courses:
Fistula Management: Returning the Patient's Freedom
Contact Hours: 0.89
Speaker: Judith Landis Erdman, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Restructuring Healthcare Delivery to Meet the Outpatient Ostomy Patient Needs: Strategies for Success
Contact Hours: 0.32
Speaker: Jennifer Turner, MSN-Ed, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, CWOCN
WOC Nursing Management of Parastomal Hernias
Contact Hours: 1.07
Speakers: David Stein, MD, Chairman, and Jo Catanzaro, MSN, RN, CWOCN
A Comprehensive View on Ostomy Education: Integration of Technology
Contact Hours: 0.29
Speaker: Angela Dean, BSN, RN, MAHCA
Complex Pediatric Pouching Problems
Contact Hours: 1.01
Speaker: Judith Stellar, MSN, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CWOCN
Society members have free access to these courses. Non-members can access these courses for a small fee.
UOAA is dedicated to engaging the ostomy community across the country to inspire, educate, and support people who have had or who may have ostomy or continent diversion surgery. Here are a few ways that you can get involved in spreading awareness:
- Share your story and/or photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #OstomyDay2019 and #MyOstomyMyLifesaver, and tag UOAA on Facebook @uoaainc, on Instagram @uoaa_ and on Twitter @uoaa.
- Share, post or print the “Ostomies Are Life-Savers” infographic that describes the important lifesaving message that ostomies provide.
- Support, join or cheer on the 6th annual Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k near you or do a virtual run/walk. You can register or get more information at www.ostomy5k.org.
For additional ways that you can get involved in Ostomy Awareness Day online and in your community, please click here.
Ostomy Awareness Day
Posted By Kristin Petty,
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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As the premier program offering basic wound care education, the WOCN® Society strives to ensure that the WTA Program remains accurate, relevant, and current. Periodic reviews of the content are conducted to ensure this, and our most recent review of content has led the Society to implement some exciting new enhancements! Effective as of today, October 1, 2019, the following changes have been made to the WTA Program:
Additional Clinical Skill Competencies
In order to appeal to a greater audience across multiple practice settings, a critical change was made to the clinical skill competencies portion of the WTA Program. Previously, all program participants had to successfully complete all four clinical skill competencies. Now, Course Coordinators will be offered a suite of six clinical skill competencies to choose from and tailor based on their students' specific practice settings. This exciting enhancement will ensure that these crucial WOC nurse extenders are able to learn and test skills that directly relate to their practice setting, while improving their professional practice and ultimately enhancing patient outcomes.
Increased Continuing Education Contact Hours
Following a careful review of WTA Program content, supporting materials and feedback from participants and Course Coordinators, the decision was made to increase the number of ANCC-accredited contact hours from 24 to 32.25.
Updated Terminology Added to Applicable Program Modules
Based on the need to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based education, some minor edits were made to WTA Program education modules and resources to accurate reflect changes to terminology. These changes include updated terminology for support surfaces and pressure injuries.
About the WTA Program
Acknowledging the ever growing demand for wound care services in all health care settings, the WOCN Society developed this continuing educational program to:
- Educate and prepare more skilled wound care providers across settings, including the military.
- Enhance nurses’ ability to provide optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds as members of a collaborative wound care team.
- Provide the non-specialty nurse the ability to facilitate optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of the WOC specialty nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse or physician.
Want to learn more about the WTA Program? Listen to the WOCN Society's latest WOCTalk podcast episode: The Premier Program for Basic Wound Care Education or simply visit wocn.org/wtaprogram.
Posted By Kristin Petty,
Monday, September 16, 2019
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2019
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To celebrate the new school year, the WOCN® Society launched a new continuing education course every day for five days.
As a WOCN Society membership benefit, all members have free access to continuing education courses. If you are a member and know a non-member who would benefit from this discount, please forward this information to them.
Monday, September 16
When the Bladder Does Not Work
Speaker: Eric Rovner, MD
Contact Hours: 0.99
Pharmacology Credits: 0.09
This session will cover the evaluation and treatment of urinary retention, especially in the female, with emphasis on neurogenic bladder. Urinary retention is a poorly understood condition. Though the causation is generally attributed to either bladder or bladder outlet dysfunction, and an accurate diagnosis is often straightforward, it remains an under diagnosed condition. Treatment is dependent on the underlying causation. Often felt by the medical community to be extraordinarily complex, this session will outline a straight forward approach to the diagnosis and treatment options for the condition.
Tuesday, September 17
Of All the Nerve: Skin and Wound Issues in Neurological Disorders
Speaker: Janice Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN-AP, CRNP, APNC, ANEF, FAAN
Contact Hours: 0.94
Pharmacology Credits: 0.21
Because of its relationship with the peripheral, autonomic and central nervous systems, the skin constitutes a neuro-immuno-endocrine organ. Disorders affecting the nervous system directly or secondarily by infection or metabolic disturbances may manifest in the skin. This session will describe four disorders affecting the nervous system with cutaneous manifestations: Diabetes Mellitus, Neurofibromatosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and Syphilis. Pharmacological implications are emphasized.
Wednesday, September 18
Protecting Your Present and Future: Legal Issues, Being a Witness, EMR Documentation
Speaker: Edward Beitz, Esquire, and Debra Weinrich, RN, Esquire
Contact Hours: 1.39
Errors and omissions in medical documentation can lead to problems in the delivery of medical care, but they can also lead to problems in defending subsequent litigation even when the care itself was properly rendered. This presentation will identify common documentation errors and omissions that are commonly seized upon by plaintiffs attorneys in litigation, strategies to avoid them, and how to deal with any documentation problems in deposition.
Thursday, September 19
Medical Device Related Pressure Injuries: What We Know Today Can Improve the Future
Speaker: Barbara Delmore, PhD, RN, CWCN, MAPWCA, IIWCC-NYU
Contact Hours: 1.03
Pressure injuries from devices have become a great concern to clinicians as they are challenged with determining strategies to prevent their occurrence. This session will provide the historical perspective for this concern, what it means in today’s practice, and what are the strategies we need to consider to avoid them in the future.
Friday, September 20
Urinary and Fecal Incontinence Assessment and Management in Pediatric Population
Speaker: Jennifer Beall, PPCNP-BC, and Jessica Lawson, RN, BSN, CWOCN
Contact Hours: 0.87
Pharmacology Credits: 0.22
This session will attempt to describe types of fecal incontinence, causes of fecal incontinence, treatment methods/medications for fecal incontinence, as well as the impact of fecal incontinence on the child and family. We will also be discussing the 3 major types of urinary incontinence in the pediatric population including their clinical presentation, assessment and management including pharm logical and non-pharm logical treatments.
Posted By Kristin Petty,
Friday, September 13, 2019
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Introducing the Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide
Despite recent advances in multiple areas of continence management including pharmacotherapy, surgery, physiotherapy, and neuromodulation, evidence suggests that use of incontinence products remains the most prevalent strategy among adults with urinary or fecal incontinence. To address this gap, the WOCN Society developed an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm —The Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide.
This new clinical tool is an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for selection, use, and evaluation of body worn absorbent products for the management of individuals with urinary and/or fecal incontinence. This algorithm will help to fill the gap in resources available for first-line and WOC specialty practice nurses guiding optimal use of these products.
Learn More About the Guide
Listen to the WOCTalk podcast episode, "A Decision Support Algorithm for Body Worn Absorbent Products (BWAP)". On this episode, we sit down with Mikel Gray, PhD, RN, PNP, FNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN to discuss BWAPs, the WOCN Society’s Consensus Conference on BWAPs and the Society’s newest decision-making tool, the Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide.
To learn more about the development of this new tool, we invite you to read the article, "Assessment, Selection, Use, and Evaluation of Body Worn Absorbent Products for Adults With Incontinence: A WOCN Society Consensus Conference”, published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN): May/June 2018 - Volume 45 - Issue 3 - p 243–264.
Interested in learning more about the WOCN Society's newest clinical tool and how to use this tool in your practice? Consider taking a look at the following courses available for FREE in the WOCN Society's Continuing Education Center:
The Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide was funded through an educational grant from Domtar. Click here to access the guide.
Posted By Kristin Petty,
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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We are pleased to announce that the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses SocietyTM (WOCN®) has been named a Power of A Silver Award winner by The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Each year, ASAE runs a Power of A campaign, which brings attention to the association community’s valuable contributions to society at the local, national and global levels. Through the Power of A Awards, ASAE honors the outstanding accomplishments of associations in the categories of Enriching Lives, Creating a Competitive Workforce, Preparing Society for the Future, Driving Innovation and Making a Better World. WOCN was one of 114 entries that the Power of A Awards Judging Committee reviewed in 2019 and one of 24 associations across the United States to be awarded a silver level honor for driving innovation with their digital education initiatives. These initiatives include the Society’s podcast channel, WOCTalk, WOCN Society Clinical tools, rebroadcasted education sessions and bite-sized learning courses.
to view all of this year’s award winners.
Overview of WOCN Society Digital Education Initiatives
As clinical experts, leaders and passionate caregivers, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the time to stay up-to-date on the latest healthcare advances, industry news and education. The WOCN Society recognizes that WOC nurses and other healthcare professionals have limited time during, and even after their working hours, and we are dedicated to finding new ways to help support their practice and encourage increased positive outcomes among those they serve-- that is why we have rolled out various digital education resources to our membership and the greater healthcare community. Among our newest initiatives are our new podcast channel, WOCTalk, WOCN Society Clinical tools, rebroadcasted education sessions and bite-sized learning courses. Each of these educational resources allow not only our members, but other healthcare professionals, the ability to learn more about the advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs—each available in digital formats that are easily digestible for our members and other healthcare professionals to interact and digest education that will support their practice and improve outcomes for the patients they serve.
Reach of Digital Education Initiatives
While each of our digital education resources were created with our membership in mind, we are pleased to promote that they are far reaching beyond our 5,200 WOC professionals. We continue to market their value to not only our membership, but like-minded healthcare professionals who can benefit from each of them. While the Society considers each of these resources and added member-benefit, they are ultimately beneficial for anyone looking to improve their education, clinical practice and patient outcomes.
Objectives and Outcomes of Digital Education Initiatives
While objectives for each of our digital education resources vary, they all share a simple commonality; each unique in nature, the Society’s various digital clinical resources were created to increase the effectiveness of care to patients with wound, ostomy and continence care needs. Originally created with our membership in mind, we realize that the education each provides helps create a heightened awareness of the WOC specialty and further advance the quality of life for the patients that WOC nurses and other healthcare professionals serve.
podcast channel courtesy of the WOCN Society. Episodes can be found at wocn.org/podcast
and downloaded on iOS and Android devices. Since WOCTalk was launched in October of 2018, our episodes have exceeded 15,000 downloads from 38 different countries.
WOCN Society Clinical Tools
Online Clinical Tools to help achieve optimal patient outcomes. Each clinical tool has its own unique URL where it can be accessed, however a summary of the tools can be found at wocn.org/clinicaltools
Rebroadcasted Education Sessions
Individuals can attend live rebroadcasts of past Conference Sessions for Contact Hours. Since introducing rebroadcasted sessions in 2018, over 2,300 individuals registered to watch the live education sessions offered by the Society. 3 new rebroadcasted sessions will be available in the Fall of 2019.
This year, the Society rolled out a new way to earn Contact Hours. These courses, found at wocncec.org
, break down important WOC education topics into small, easily digestible sessions. Since rolling out the idea of “bite-sized learning” to our Continuing Education Center in early 2019, we have added 6 sessions to our online library. Each of these courses is 30 minutes or less in length.
Embodying the Power of Associations
As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the Society is cognizant of our need to sustain and maintain not only our membership, but the overall WOC nursing specialty, and find new ways to innovate, empower and educate the healthcare community to increase patient outcomes. Each of our current digital education resources do just that; from quick podcast episodes on hot topics, online education courses that fit into busy schedules and clinical tools and resources accessible with a few clicks on a device held in the palm of your hand, the Society’s digital education resources are an example of the impact associations can make when they think beyond their current offerings and dedicate themselves to finding new ways to help support their members and the individuals and communities that they serve.
Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
In 2018, the WOCN Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Our 50th year gave way to various initiatives, each of which helped the Society chart its path forward while contributing to advocacy efforts, research and educational opportunities that supported our members’ practice and helped us continue to build a solid foundation for future generations to come. Each of these initiatives would not have been possible if it were not for our dedicated volunteers who lent us the time, support and expertise to bring each idea and resource to fruition.
While the Society has worked hard to create each of these offerings, we realize our work is not nearly done. Each year, we will continue to expand upon each of these resources by updating data, offering additional education opportunities, seeking our memberships' feedback and working closely with industry partners to help bring our vision of being the trusted global authority and leader in wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) care to life.