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2011 Building Awareness for WOC Nurse Week - April 17 - 23, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011  
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There Is a Difference

During Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week, April 17 through April 23, the Society will recognize WOC nurses for the services they provide to millions of patients who suffer from non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence. The WOCN Society believes that the right choice to care for patients with wound, ostomy and continence needs are nurses educated by WOCN-accredited wound ostomy continence nurse education programs (WOCNEP) and/or certified through the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB). WOC specialty nurses are highly prepared expert clinicians who serve in a variety of roles including educator, consultant, researcher and administrator to enhance and facilitate care for patients. WOC nurses offer numerous benefits to their facilities. The goal of 2011 WOC nurse week is to help spread the word and educate others that not all nurses are the same when it comes to the delivery of wound, ostomy and continence care. There is a difference.

Read the poem written by current President Dr. Phyllis Bonham – There is a Difference

If you have not received your packet, please contact the National Office at:

WOCNurse Brochure: There is a Difference
This brochure, initiated by the WOCN Society Marketing Committee, provides an overview of the purpose, preparation (education and certification) and practice that makes WOC specialty nurses the right choice. It also provides information about the certification process and credentials available from the WOCNCB and describes the eligibility criteria.

Download WOCN Nurse Brochure: There is a Difference [PDF]

WOC Nurse Week Poster
The WOCN Society is pleased to offer members a poster celebrating 2011 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 2011 WOC Nurse Week Poster [PDF]

Letter to the Editor Template
A "Letter to the Editor" is an excellent strategy for educating the public about the work of WOC nurses. You can use the letter as a supplement to offer information about WOC nursing in your geographic area. To obtain media contact information, review the editorial page of your local newspaper and submit the letter to the appropriate contact at least two weeks prior to April 11. Letters can be mailed, emailed, or faxed, depending on the publications preference. Download the 2010 Nurse Week Letter to the Editor to use as a template.

Download the 2010 Letter to the Editor [DOC]

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