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Professional Practice Manual, 4th Edition
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The Professional Practice Manual, 4th Edition, is now available for purchase through Lippincott's The nursing center provides the Professional Practice Manual, 4th Edition as an eBook, allowing you to access it virtually through your computer, iPad, Kindle, or Nook.

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurse specialists and advance practice nurses impact patient care in a variety of health care settings. WOC nurses must demonstrate both clinical expertise and professional practice skills. As clinical experts and leaders, it is essential that WOC nurses perform within the full scope of practice through evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, and public policy. WOC nursing is multifaceted and requires a wide array of clinical and organizational skills. This fourth edition builds upon previous editions of the Professional Practice Manual as a guidance tool for clinicians, teams, or independent practitioners. The manual is intended to provide a resource and reference that WOC nurses can use in developing, implementing, and expanding their specialty nurse role and practice.

Professional Practice Manual, 4th Edition: Table of Contents

Mission and Philosophy of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

Chapter 1: Design and Implementation of WOC Nursing Specialty Roles
WOC Nursing Specialty Roles and Scope of Practice
Role Components
WOC Nurse Specialized Skills and Role Functions Standards of Practice
Role Implementation Issues

Chapter 2: Effective Role Negotiation
Successful Role Negotiation: Attitudes and Approaches
Conducting the Negotiation

Chapter 3: Legal Aspects of Nursing
History of the Standard of Care for Nurses
Legal Definition of the Nursing Standard of Care
Other Important Legal Considerations

Chapter 4: Consultant Role
Consultation and the WOC Nurse
Process of Consultation
Characteristics of Consultants
Types of Consultation
WOC Nurse Consultative Roles
Conducting the Nursing Consultation
Establishing and Maintaining a Consultant Role
Consulting Relationships and Potential for Conflict: Multiple Relationships
Ethical Standards
Legal Implications of Consultation
Legal Nurse Consultation
Contracting for Services

Chapter 5: Educator Role
Guidelines for Staff Orientation
Guidelines for Developing Educational Programs
Planning for Educational Programs
Guidelines: Seminar and Conference Planning and Development
Developing Resource Teams

Chapter 6: Leader/Manager Role
Marketing Professional Services
What Is "Marketing"?
Five Steps in Successful Marketing
Proposal Development
Data Collection/Outcomes Reporting
Continuous Quality Improvement/Total Quality Management Programs
Organizing and Conducting a Meeting
Atmosphere and Attitude

Chapter 7: WOC Nurse’s Role in Evidence-Based Practice and Research
Development of Evidence-Based Care
Evidence-Based Practice
Reviewing the Literature
Product Evaluation
WOC Nurse Researcher
Research and EBP Resources for the WOC Nurse

Chapter 8: Grant Writing
What Is a Grant?
What Are Typical Grant Funding Sources?

Chapter 9: Health Care Delivery Systems: Payment and Reimbursement and the Effect on WOC Nursing
History of Health Care Reimbursement
Health Care in the 21st Century
Impact of WOC Nursing on Health Care Delivery Systems
Future Issues

Chapter 10: Medicare and Medicaid
What Is Medicare?
Special Coverage Considerations for Medicare
What Are Medicare Administrative Contractors?
What Is the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics/Orthotics, and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program?
What Is Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding?
What Is Medicaid?
What Is Managed Care for Medicaid?
Reimbursement and WOC Nursing

Chapter 11: Writing for Publication
Planning for Success
Types of Articles
Submitting a Manuscript
General Publishing Tips

Appendix A: Sample WOC Nurse Position Description: Hospital (Acute Care)
Appendix B: Sample WOC Nurse Consultant/Clinical Expert Position Description: Hospital (Acute Care)
Appendix C: Sample WOC Nurse Consultant/Clinical Expert Position Description: Home Health
Appendix D: Sample WOC Nurse Position Description: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Appendix E: Sample WOC Nurse Position Description: Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health
Appendix F: Sample WOC Nurse Position Description: Independent Practice
Appendix G: Sample WOC Nurse Position Description: Industry
Appendix H: Sample Position Description: Certified Wound Care Nurse
Appendix I: Sample Position Description: Certified Ostomy Care Nurse
Appendix J: Sample Position Description: Certified Continence Care Nurse
Appendix K: Sample Position Description: Certified Foot Care Nurse
Appendix L: Sample Position Description: Wound Treatment Associate
Appendix M: Sample WOC Nurse Performance Appraisal: Acute Care
Appendix N: Sample WOC Nurse Practitioner Performance Appraisal Form
Appendix O: Sample Structured Orientation Plan and Skills Checklist
Appendix P: Sample Annual Conference Planning Time line
Appendix Q: Sample Conference Forms: Budget, Application for Exhibit Space, Exhibitor Evaluation, and Conference Evaluation
Appendix R: Role of the WOC Nurse or Continence Care Nurse in Continence Care
Appendix S: WOCN Business Plan Template Workbook
Appendix T: Sample WOCN Society Member’s Research Grant Proposal*
Appendix U: Web Sites for Evidence-Based Resources
Appendix V: Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ Advocacy and Grassroots Toolkit
Appendix W: Structure of Medicare and Medicaid in Relationship to the Rest of the Government Branches
Appendix X: How Medicare Policy Is Implemented

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