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Introducing New Enhancements to the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program

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:

  1. Educate and prepare more skilled wound care providers across settings, including the military.
  2. Enhance nurses’ ability to provide optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds as members of a collaborative wound care team.
  3. 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.

 

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Celebrate Back To School With New WOC Courses

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.

Tags:  CE credits  CEC  continence  education  pharmacy  wound 

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Join us in Nashville!

Posted By WOCN Society, Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Check out our 2014 Annual Conference video to see all of the benefits you'll receive while attending, including networking, poster presentations and CE credits!

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