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Janice Colwell Receives ANCC Magnet® Nurse of the Year in the Category of New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

Congratulations to WOCN® Society Member Janice Colwell, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, on receiving the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet® Nurse of the Year Award in the category of New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements!

Jan Colwell is the advanced practice nurse in ostomy and wound care at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) where she provides care to ostomy patients in the outpatient stoma clinic. She has practiced for numerous years at the University of Chicago where she has precepted graduate and WOC nurse students as well has developed the ostomy program at UCM. She is a past president of WOCN and FOW-USA, the current ostomy section co-editor of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), and is co-editor of the WOCN Ostomy Curriculum Book. She has multiple publications, presentations, and research projects, among many other achievements in her professional development.

According to an article written by the University of Chicago Medicine, “the national award, announced May 14, 2021, as part of National Nurses Week, recognizes Colwell’s contributions to clinical nursing. Her accomplishments include making ostomy patient education videos, mentoring and educating nursing students, developing an Ostomy Care Associates Program for nurses, editing and authoring books and articles, and leading a randomized control trial that researched pouching system adhesives, patient satisfaction, and cost. Her Magnet Nurse of the Year Award acknowledges her clinical contributions. She will receive a crystal award and a trip to Atlanta to meet with ANCC leaders.”

The ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year Award® recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses in each of the five Magnet Model Components:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements
  • Empirical Outcomes

WOC Nurses have been recognized as an ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year more often than any other nursing specialty, and a member of the WOCN Society has been recognized in 6 of the 10 years the awards have been presented. Previous WOCN Society Member Award Winners Include:


Sandy Quigley, BSN, MSN, PNP
New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

June Amling, MSN
Empirical Outcomes

Tod Brindle, PhD
Exemplary Professional Practice

Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN
Empirical Outcomes