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WOC Nurse Week – April 13-19, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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Celebrate with us! This year, we're thanking our WOC nurses for the work they do all year during WOC Nurse Week, April 13-19, 2014.  

WOC nursing combines the kind and considerate care that patients suffering from wound, ostomy and incontinence issues need, with the improved patient care results that nurses deliver, lowering costs and changing the lives of patients.

The Impact of a WOC Nurse

A recent study investigated how WOC nurses affect patient outcomes in home health care settings and found that patients in home health care agencies with a WOC nurse, compared to agencies without a WOC nurse, were:

  • Nearly twice as likely to have improvement in pressure ulcers.
  • 20% more likely to have improvement in lower extremity ulcers.
  • 40% more likely to have improvement in surgical wounds.
  • 40% more likely to have improvement in urinary incontinence.
  • 14% more likely to have improvement in bowel incontinence.

The goal of WOC Nurse Week 2014 is to spread the word and educate others about the work WOC nurses do every day for patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Only WOC nurses combine Compassionate Care & Results to make this difference.

WOC Nurse Brochure

This brochure, initiated by the WOCN Society marketing committee, provides an overview of the purpose, preparation (education and certification) and practice that makes WOC nurses the right choice. It also provides information about the certification process and credentials available from the WOCNCB and describes the eligibility criteria. Share this brochure with your colleagues and administrators.

Download the Brochure >>

WOC Nurse Week Poster

The Society is pleased to offer members a poster celebrating 2014 WOC Nurse Week. We hope you will hang this poster prominently and proudly to show you have a special week devoted to your field and the work you do.

Download the Poster >>

WOC Nurse Week Logo

Use the official 2014 WOC Nurse Week logo for your website, Facebook page, Twitter account or email signature.

Right click and "Save image as..." to download it!







WOC Nurse Week is supported by an educational grant from Smith & Nephew.

Earn a Chance to Win!

To celebrate and honor WOC nurses, the WOCN Society is once again holding a WOC Nurse Week Photo Contest. Upload your favorite picture of you wearing your WOC Nurse Week button, standing near your WOC Nurse Week poster, or holding your WOC Nurse Week brochure. One lucky winner will receive a prize package from the WOCN Society! Learn more >>

Want Free CE?

From April 1, 2014 through April 10, 2014, members are asked to submit a story, or stories, highlighting how they show compassionate care in their current role and/or a patient story that showcases exceptional outcomes and results based on the care they provided. The top stories will be posted to the WOCN Society's Facebook page during WOC Nurse week. The story with the most likes and shares will be chosen as the winner. Learn more >>

This year, we're also celebrating with The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy.


Sharon S. King says...
Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Because there are so many patients coming from out of town hospitals with new ostomies and no home health care, I find myself being located and contacted to assist with educating them at home, no charge. They find it hard to believe that I would do this for no pay, but really, the payment I get is the relief of a patient and caregiver when someone knows all about their ostomy and can answer questions and is comfortable educating them on it. Many times I have patients that have no payer source but thankfully others who have their ostomy reversed give me their leftover supplies which I am able to give to these pateints who cannot afford to buy them. I am very lucky to be an ostomy nurse!!

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