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I Deserve a WOC Nurse

I Deserve a WOC Nurse

If you or a loved one are suffering from a wound that won't heal, facing ostomy surgery, or having problems with incontinence…you deserve a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse!

What is a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse?

Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurses are highly prepared expert clinicians who treat complex wounds, ostomy issues, and incontinence. WOC nurses serve in a variety of roles, to help patients like you, including educator, consultant, researcher and administrator.

The Society believes that the right choice for patients with wounds, ostomies or incontinence issues is a nurse educated through a WOCN Society-accredited Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Education Program (WOCNEP) and/or certified through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB®). Only these nurses can be called WOC specialists. 

Patient Resources

Patient Care and Information

You and your loved ones deserve the care of a trained WOC nurse. Use these resources to learn more about how to find a nurse, read personal testimonials about patients' experiences with WOC nursing, the work the WOCN Society is doing to improve patient care across the board, various health care organizations for WOC issues, and items that can help patients.

The Difference is in the Evidence

Wound, ostomy and continence nursing is proud to be one of the few specialties recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA). ANA's recognition of the scope and standards of practice for WOC nursing as a specialty signifies that WOC nursing adheres to the high standards cultivated by the ANA (WOCN Society, 2010).

The evidence has shown that patients in agencies with WOC nurses, compared to those without WOC nurses, had significantly better outcomes (Westra, Bliss, Savik, Hou & Borchert, 2013). Click here to read more about the impact WOC nurses have on the lives of patients with wound, ostomy and continence issues.

Patient Ostomy Infographic >>

Share Your Story

Do you know a patient with a remarkable story about the care they received from a WOC nurse? Are you a nurse who would like to showcase outstanding outcomes or a personal experience with a patient suffering from a wound,ostomy or incontinence? Email and we'll help share your story. 

*By submitting your story, you authorize the use of reproductions for any purpose including, but not limited to, educational and other public media as may be deemed appropriate by the WOCN Society.


Westra, B. L., Bliss, D.Z., Savik, K., Hou, Y., & Borchert, A. (2013). Effectiveness of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses on Agency-Level Wound and Incontinence Outcomes in Home Care. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs, 40(1), 25-33.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. (2018). Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition. Mt. Laurel, NJ: Author.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society and Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board. (2018). Position Statement: Entry Level Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Education and Certification. Mt. Laurel, NJ: Author.

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