Connect with Other Members in the COVID-19 Community Forum

The WOCN Society created a members-only COVID-19 Forum dedicated to connect and share your experiences regarding COVID-19 and how you/your team/your facility/agency are responding during this critical time.


COVID-19 Wound Photos Submission

The purpose of this online submission form is to collect images of unusual/atypical wounds, skin tears, and/or injuries that the WOC nurses are seeing as a result of COVID-19. We are looking to compile this information in an effort to produce a clinical research document in the near future.

Click here to view the COVID-19 images in the WOCN Image Library. The WOCN Image Library is a member-only benefit.



The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for the WOC nurse. Clinicians have identified skin manifestations on or near bony prominences that are atypical of classic pressure injury (PI) among persons diagnosed with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The COVID-19 Skin Manifestations: A Guide for WOC Nursing Practice document was created to aid the WOC nurse with discerning wound etiology and determining reportability of skin manifestations among persons with COVID-19.


*This document is a preliminary report prepared for members of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses SocietyTM (WOCN®). The document is undergoing Peer Review for publication in the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN). The final report will be published in JWOCN and updated here upon publication.


Guidance for Maintaining Skin Health When Utilizing Protective Masks for Prolonged Time Intervals

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), especially masks, often causes skin injuries including moisture damage, friction, and pressure. The Guidance for Maintaining Skin Health When Utilizing Protective Masks for Prolonged Time Intervals provides practical guidance to maintain skin integrity in the prolonged wear time of protective masks such as N-95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, and similar types of protective equipment. The head/face/cheek area of an individual are at the highest risk. This document is the culmination of input from WOC nurses across the United States, each working to provide guidance for skin integrity issues being seen in this unprecedented time. This is not an evidence-based document.

Download the Guidance for Maintaining Skin Health When Utilizing Protective Masks for Prolonged Time Intervals Infographic.


Recommendations for Wound Assessment & Photo Documentation in Isolation

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all aspects of nursing care including wound care. In an effort to minimize unnecessary contact with patients and decrease the spread of the virus, wound providers need to consider alternative strategies to evaluate wounds using telehealth or telemedicine. Wound consults (either in person or remotely) can be managed using principles of basic wound assessment and photography (e.g. may be digital or video-based dependent on facility approved methods) as described in the Recommendations for Wound Assessment & Photo Documentation in Isolation document.

Download the Wound Documentation Form.


JWOCN COVID-19 Resources

The Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) has put together COVID-19 resources. Click here to view the special COVID-19 section.



Legislative & Administrative Actions in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Legislative & Administrative Actions in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic provides an update on Legislative Phases 1 – 3.5 taken by Congress and provides a list of waivers authorized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


ANA COVID-19 Resource Center and Free Webinars

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has put together a COVID-19 Resource Center, pulling together information from trusted sources such as the CDC and highlights clinical information, ethical considerations, and features the COVID-19 work that ANA is doing. Click here to view the ANA COVID-19 Resource Center. ANA is offering a FREE COVID-19 webinar series. This series contains 6 different webinars, click here to view the complete list and to register.


COVID-19 Self-Recovery Package for Nurses – Free for ANA Members

Each nurse and health care facility will move through the phases of the COVID-19 pandemic at a different time. ANA’s nurse experts have assembled the COVID-19 Self-Recovery Package to support you and your team. You need information like this to help you on and off the job.
This package includes the following courses:

  • Key Tactics for Improving Health and Well-being of Nurses: Reducing Stress & Cardiovascular Risk
  • Leading a Healthy Workplace Environment
  • Nutrition for Nurses: Healthy Eating and Shiftwork
  • Practicing Resiliency in Times of Increasing Change: Build Your Team

The COVID-19 Self-Recovery Package is free for ANA members, $99 for non-members. Click here to register.


NDNQI® Product Update Related to COVID-19

Click here to read the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators update related to COVID-19.


United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc

Click here for updates and resources related to COVID-19 from the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA).


Lippincott Nursing Center®

Click here for important 2019 novel coronavirus nurse resources from expert sources to get you and your team up-to-date with the latest information, treatment, and management strategies.


Wolters Kluwer COVID-19 Resources and Tools

Click here for updates and resources for clinicians, nurses, and medical researchers, in response to new developments, evidence, and guidance surrounding COVID-19.


Industry Resources

You can find additional resources at related to PPE and skin protection.

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homeless during the pandemic: what to do and how to help

On any given night in the United States prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half a million people were homeless. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the US homeless population has faced some of the most severe consequences, including high infection rates, and increased risk of severe complications or death. created a guide with the goal to provide comprehensive information on homelessness. The guide includes an infographic about homelessness in America, local resources for the community, along with financial support programs for vulnerable populations. Click here to learn more.

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