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Background-Rationale for Ostomy Care Associate Program

    1. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) developed the Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program as a continuing education program to further empower wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty nurses and to improve patient outcomes by enhancing the general ostomy knowledge for the entire nursing team.
    2. The course was developed by a taskforce of Society members, appointed by the Board of Directors, who are board-certified WOC nurses with clinical and educational expertise.
    3. The course is a continuing education program geared to prepare non-specialty nurses to provide optimal bedside ostomy care.
    4. The OCA Program is not a certification program.

    Purpose of the Course

    Acknowledging the ever growing demand for ostomy care services in all health care settings, the WOCN Society developed this educational program to:

    1. Educate and prepare more skilled ostomy care providers across all health care settings.
    2. Enhance nurses’ ability to provide optimal care for patients with ostomies.
    3. Equip the non-specialty nurse with the ability to provide optimal care for patients with ostomies under the direction of a supervising WOC specialty nurse (i.e., WOC registered nurse, WOC graduate-level prepared registered nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse); a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner; or a clinical nurse specialist (experienced in ostomy care).

    Eligibility for Course Participation

    1. Licensed health care providers:
      • LPN/LVNs.
      • Non baccalaureate RNs.
      • Baccalaureate or Master’s prepared RNs who do not wish to specialize but want more knowledge in ostomy care.
    2. Physicians and other licensed clinicians who want adequate knowledge in ostomy care.
    3. Note: CE hours provided only for nurses.

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