If you or a loved one is suffering from a wound that won’t heal, facing ostomy surgery, or having problems with incontinence, you deserve a Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurse. Evidence shows that patients in facilities with WOC nurses, had significantly better outcomes, compared to those without WOC nurses.1


WOC nurses are expert clinicians who treat complex wounds, ostomy issues, and incontinence. WOC nursing is one of the few specialties recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA), signifying that WOC nursing adheres to the high standards cultivated by the ANA.

1. Westra, B. L., Bliss, D.Z., Savik, K., Hou, Y., & Borchert, A. (2013). Effectiveness of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses on Agency-Level Wound and Incontinence Outcomes in Home Care. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs, 40(1), 25-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/WON.0b013e31827bcc4fp


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Patient Testimonials

Wonderful WOC Specialty Nurses | Thomas S.

As one who found himself facing health issues and life altering changes that needed careful consideration, when I needed calm reassurance and knowledgeable and caring support, that support came in the form of two wonderful Wound/Ostomy/Continence specialty nurses. Frankly, I could not have been treated better by my surgeon and his support staff, but the ability to spend time with these two fine professional nurses enabled me to learn what I needed to become self-sufficient and confident in my abilities to move forward. Because of them, living with a stoma is as natural as my life was prior to my surgery. I have the opportunity to undergo surgeries to reverse and reconnect, but honestly, I don’t believe that is necessary to enhance the quality of my life.

From Ostomate to WOC Nurse | Joanna Joy Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CMLDT

Diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer at the age of three, Joanna Joy Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CMLDT, courageously underwent both chemotherapy and radiation. Treatment also included the removal of Joanna’s bladder and the creation of a urostomy, a way to divert urine by connecting the ureters to a conduit made out of the small bowel which is then brought to the outside of the abdomen through a surgically created opening called a stoma. A bag is worn over the stoma to collect the urine.

Read more of Joanna’s story to discover how her illness lead her to a career as a WOC nurse.

How a WOC Nurse Made a Difference | Dr. Salisz

In November 2010, urologist Joseph Salisz underwent surgery for bladder and prostate removal. With a family history of prostate cancer and increased symptoms, Dr. Salisz sought a surgical attempt at a cure, and an aggressive University of Michigan urologist performed the surgery that resulted in urinary diversion through ureteroileostomy. Shortly after surgery, Dr. Salisz experienced trauma when he was not given the proper care that he required when faced with his newly acquired ostomy bag.

Discover how a WOC nurse made a difference in the care Dr. Salisz received. Learn more

Veteran Responds to Rare Genetic Mutation with Positivity | Daniel Shockley

Faced with a diagnosis of Adenomatous Polyposis Coli, a condition which increases a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer, Daniel Shockley underwent a total proctocolectomy with ileostomy surgery in July of 2012. The surgery removed portions of his large intestine including the colon, rectum and anus.

Learn how Daniel stays positive and advocates for ostomy patients across the US.



Do you know a patient with a remarkable story about the care they received from a WOC nurse? Are you a nurse who would like to showcase outstanding outcomes or a personal experience with a patient suffering from a wound, ostomy, or incontinence?


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