Posted By Kristin Petty,
Thursday, January 30, 2020
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I am pleased to announce the launch of the WOCN® Society’s brand-new certification review courses in wound, ostomy, and continence. The Education Committee is particularly excited to launch each of these new courses, as we feel that they address the needs of individuals preparing for their 1st or even 5th certification exam. We have all been there and remember the anxiety of board certification and want our members to have the best resources to complement their brain banks with course information to be successful. This project involved in-depth research to address and close any gaps of information that you will need to sit for certification or re-certification.
Those who purchase the courses will notice the use of different media styles throughout each course; these new features were added to match each learner with the style that best fits their learning needs. We are also very pleased and excited to bring different speakers to highlight the information on each of the scopes of practice. We could not have put together this project without their perspective and expertise.
Key Highlights of Our New Certification Review Courses
- All three courses follow the exam content outlines that can be found in the WOCNCB's Certification Exam Handbook and include information about how to prepare for the exams, along with test-taking tips.
- Each course includes study questions that test knowledge and comprehension--available within the presentation and via a downloadable supplement!
- Each course includes downloadable resources as well as audio presentations and links to additional tools to make studying easy to do on-the-go.
- All courses are available for Contact Hours and feature presentations by leading experts in the WOC nursing field.
Certification is important to market our skill sets to the populations that we serve. We know that your journey has been intense and stressful to get to this point. We all hear you….and we want to give you what you need to succeed. Once you are (re)certified, then the sky is the limit with what you can do. Board certification gives the credibility to you and the service that you give to your colleagues and patients. It gives you the opportunity to market your skills to others and educate them to join our incredible knowledge base of WOC nursing.
Whether you are preparing for certification or re-certification, good luck!
Zoe Bishop, BSN, RN, CWOCN
WOCN Society Education Committee Chair
3.93 Contact Hours
This course provides basic content based on the WOCNCB® wound testing domain, including wound management, pressure injuries, lower extremity diseases, and other types of wounds.
2.77 Contact Hours
This course provides basic content based on the WOCNCB® ostomy testing domain, including fecal and urinary diversion.
3.8 Contact Hours, 0.17 Pharmacology Credits
This course provides basic content based on the WOCNCB® continence testing domain, including fundamental concepts of continence nursing.
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 Jenna A. Bertini,
Friday, April 12, 2019
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… WOC nurse!
When you think of who typically comes to saves the day, you may think of a fictional superhero from comic books or movies. The reality is that Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurses are our everyday heroes! They come to save the day for millions of people living with wound, ostomy and continence care needs. WOC nurses may not have movies or television shows dedicated to them (yet!), but they possess many of the same traits as superheroes. If you are a WOC nurse, if you know a WOC nurse, or if you have been a patient of a WOC nurse you know the truth.
Here are reasons that prove WOC nurses are real life superheroes:
1. They have healing powers
WOC nurses use their clinical expertise to provide intensive physical and emotional care. They help patients return to their normal lives by:
- Treating and preventing chronic wounds, pressure ulcers (injuries), venous leg ulcers, diabetes mellitus and surgical wounds.
- Helping to select pre-operative stoma site marking to ensure post-operative independence, identifying and treating common peristomal skin problems, providing nutritional support, implementing moisture management interventions and teaching individuals how to use pouching systems.
- Assessing physical, psychological and social aspects of urinary and fecal incontinence, preventing and treating catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and providing support treatment to help restore continence.
2. They are selfless
To be a nurse, you must love it. WOC nurses are one-of-a-kind. They are dedicated to their patients. Patients honor WOC nurses for the care, kindness, guidance and support they provide. WOC nurses take the time to really get to know their patients to better help understand care for their individual needs. WOC nurses are always there if you ever need anything!
3. They are brave
The healthcare field is not for the faint of heart, and WOC nurses show courage and bravery in many aspects of their career and daily lives. Many of the situations that WOC nurses face include bleak medical conditions, fast-paced decisions that could affect the life of another, hospital protocols and helping soothe scared patients.
4. They are strong
Being a WOC nurse requires both physical and mental strength. They often spend a lot of time on their feet performing physically demanding procedures. WOC nurses remain mentally strong for their patients. WOC nurses constantly provide reassurance and knowledge to help patients become confident and independent in their abilities to move forward with a new way of life.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a wound that won't heal, facing ostomy surgery, or having problems with incontinence you deserve a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse!
woc nurse week
Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Introducing WOCTalk, a Podcast Channel Courtesy of the WOCN® Society
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 have limited time during, and even after their working hours, and we are dedicated to finding new ways to help support your practice-- that is why we are pleased to introduce our new podcast channel, WOCTalk.
WOCTalk is your opportunity to learn more about advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs—in a new, easily digestible format.
What is a podcast?
If you are unfamiliar with what a podcast is, just think of an audio program (such as a music or news program) that is similar to a radio show, but available for download over the Internet or through an app store on a computer or mobile device.
How can you listen to WOCTalk?
Learn more by visiting wocn.org/podcast
New episodes will be released every two weeks. If you think you'd be a good guest for an upcoming episode, you have an idea to share with us, or you would like your questions or issues addressed in an upcoming episode of WOCTalk, send an email to email@example.com.
Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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This article was written by Healthline Media for the WOCN Society.
What is the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers and Who Can Benefit From It?
How to use the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers to improve and maintain your peristomal skin health.
For individuals living with an ostomy, an opening in the abdomen created for the body to eliminate waste, ensuring you know how to check skin for problems is a proactive way to maintain good health. The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) is an international nursing society of experts in the care for patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. With over 5,000 health care professionals, the WOCN Society's mission is to provide dedicated care and advice through advocacy, education and research for its members. One of the key resources available through the Society is the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers.
The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers is a free online guide for individuals living with an ostomy. The guide is designed to help people with an ostomy understand and identify common skin problems that may occur as a result of having an ostomy. With an overview of next steps in skin care management and prompts individuals to seek further medical attention from a wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse, this guide empowers people with an ostomy to be proactive about their health.
There are two key words that people with an ostomy need to understand - ostomy and stoma. An ostomy is a surgically created opening in a person's abdomen. A stoma is the end of the intestine that is brought to the surface of the abdomen during the surgical procedure. Typically, a bag or pouch is worn over the stoma to collect bodily waste.
After an ostomy procedure is completed, there are several complications that can occur including:
- skin irritation - irritation around the adhesive on the ostomy appliance.
- dehydration - if a lot of waste exits through the stoma each day dehydration can occur.
- leakage - if the appliance isn't fitted properly, leakage can occur.
- bowel obstruction - if you don't properly chew your food, blockages can occur in the intestine.
- retraction - the stoma can move inward if weight gain occurs or scar tissue grows.
- parastomal hernia - this occurs when the intestine presses outwards through the ostomy.
- necrosis - this is tissue death that can occur in the days following surgery to install the ostomy.
If you suspect you may be experiencing some of the complications listed above, you can use the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers to assess your condition before seeking further medical support. There are four steps outlined in the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers:
- Remove your pouching system.
- Look at your skin and stoma in both sitting and lying positions.
- Answer a series of questions, choosing the answer that best matches what you see.
- Follow the instructions in the guide.
The questions in the guide are focused on the location and color of the skin damage. Once you have answered the questions, you will receive further steps for at-home management of the skin condition. The further steps will outline when you should seek further advice from a medical professional. For example, if the condition doesn't improve after 7 days.
Living with an ostomy can be a big lifestyle change. Following the steps outlined in the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers will help you proactively monitor the condition of your peristomal skin at home. While the guide doesn't replace the advice of a medical professional, it is a helpful tool for people with an ostomy. If you're experiencing pain or significant complication with the operation of your ostomy, seek advice from a WOC nurse.
The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers is funded through an educational grant from Hollister Incorporated. Click here to view the guide.
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