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 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 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!
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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.