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New blog, the CAUTI Tool, and more

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The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society, which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and continence concerns.

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
The WOCN Society was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.
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New Blog: Support Surface Selection Algorithm

WOCN member feedback on the newly released support surface
algorithm has been tremendous! The Society is delighted that WOC nurses and other health care professionals are embracing this new tool for delivering optimal patient care. If you haven't heard about the algorithm, check out this week's blog to learn more. Remember to share the algorithm and its accompanying JWOCN article with your colleagues.

New Tool to Reduce CAUTIs

The WOCN Society recently contributed to a
n initiative spearheaded by the American Nurses Association to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) - one of the most common and costly infections contracted by patients in hospitals - through an assessment and decision-making tool registered nurses and other clinicians can use at the bedside to determine the best way to provide care. Learn more about the CAUTI Tool.

Have You Registered for the Annual Conference?


It's hard to believe that the WOCN Annual Conference is only four months away! If you haven't viewed the new registration brochure, now is the time. It features a wealth of important information about the conference, including details on the program schedule. Start planning your conference schedule early to ensure that you don't miss out on any of this year's great sessions.

Coming Soon: 2014 Ostomy Consensus Conference Results

In November of last year, leaders from the WOC community gathered to discuss minimum standards that ostomy patients must achieve before being discharged, as well as the impact on the patient and the healthcare system if these are not achieved. Creation of a manuscript documenting the conference's results is underway. Keep an eye out for the results this year in JWOCN!

WTA Train the Trainer Workshop


Are you interested in learning more about the WOCN Society's acclaimed WTA Program? If you are attending this year's Annual Conference, you will have an excellent opportunity to hear from the program's key players.

Wound Treatment Associate: Train the Trainer

Saturday, June 6, from 12 - 4 pm
Dorothy B. Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN
Laurie L. McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP

Back by popular demand, the WTA Train the Trainer workshop will offer you the opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions to people heavily involved with its creation and execution. The first two hours will be lecture style, while the last two will offer you the chance to review the hands-on skills that are a part of the program curriculum. Note that this is a non-CE session that will not offer credit.

New Publications Available

This document serves as a clinician's quick reference to the implementation, clinical settings, outcomes, etc. for the different types of wound debridements. The document provides each clinician a concise view and points to consider when wound debridement is deemed necessary for patients needing wound management, treatment and healing. Now available in the WOCN members-only document library.

This document is designed for the non-WOC nurse as a guideline to ensure that a comprehensive ostomy education is done for a patient with a new ostomy before discharged. Basic ostomy skills, such as emptying and changing the pouching system, are covered, plus the document features information about diet, medications, gas and odor, and signs and symptoms of complications. This document guides the nurse to teach on topics such as ordering ostomy supplies, ostomy manufacturers, and support resources that are helpful with the transitions of care from hospital to home.

Last Chance: 2015 Call for Research Proposals


Only a few days remain to apply for the 2015 WOCN Society Member's Research Grant. This grant will fund studies that aim to improve health outcomes of patients with WOC problems, strengthen the evidence base of the WOC nursing practice and enhance the delivery of WOC nursing care.


The application deadline is Feb. 9, 2015, at 4:30 pm CST. Learn more about the grant and eligibility requirements.

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