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A podcast channel courtesy of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, WOCTalk is your opportunity to learn more about advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. The episodes starred (*) below award Contact Hours, please see episode notes for details.

If you think you'd be a good guest for an upcoming episode, you have an idea to share with us, or you would like your questions or issues addressed in an upcoming episode of WOCTalk, send an email to podcast@wocn.org.

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  • Episode 39: Maximize the Effectiveness of Technology in WOC Nursing

  • Episode 39: Maximize the Effectiveness of Technology in WOC Nursing

    On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with two wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses, Christina Palau Vaccari, MS, BSN, CWOCN, and Lynette Franklin, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN, to talk about how they effectively use emerging technology within their practices. Christina is an inpatient WOC nurse at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Lynette is a WOC nurse with more than 20 years of experience as an instructor and clinicians, and she has practiced nursing in four countries. Christina and Lynette previously worked together in Emory’s outpatient clinic, and they presented a session on technology in nursing at a WOCN Society Southeast Region conference. Listen to learn more about different evidence-based digital tools, such as apps, videos, podcasts and websites that nurses can access at their fingertips to support their patient care.

    Resources from this Episode:

    Click here to view the WOCN Society’s free, online clinical tools for clinicians and consumers.

    Click here to view the WOCN Society’s Document Library, which houses best practice documents, case studies, white papers and more.

    Click here to access the Society’s Members-only Forums, a message board platform where WCN members can ask clinical questions to nurses in all care settings.

    Click here to access the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), the official publication of the Society. The journal is available as a free benefit for WOCN members.

    Click here to view the JWOCN article on the evaluation of web-based ostomy patient support resources.

    • Bonus Episode 9: Dermostomy: Advanced Dermatological Conditions of the Parastomal Region

    • Bonus Episode 9: Dermostomy: Advanced Dermatological Conditions of the Parastomal Region

      On this bonus episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Virginia Hanchett, FNP, APRN-BC, DCNP, COCN, CWCN, a Program Director and Senior Nurse Practitioner at “UR Medicine Ostomy Services” at the University Of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She has 20 years of experience in the field of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and 15 years experience in medical dermatology. She has been proudly employed at the University of Rochester Medical Center for over 30 years and for the past 5 years she has focused on the well being of ostomy patients throughout the continuum of care, with long-term management being her love. Her true specialty is the interdisciplinary co-management of ostomy patients with complex medical and dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, IBD, cancer and wound management in the parastomal region.

      During this episode, Ginny she speaks to us about the content from a recent WOCN Society webinar, Dermostomy: Advanced Dermatological Conditions of the Parastomal Region, which included a review of chronic and complex dermatological and medical disease states.

      This content, while presented onsite at WOCNext 2019, was also presented as an official WOCNext 2019 education rebroadcast. The rebroadcasted webinar and this podcast were both supported by an educational grant from Hollister, Incorporated.

      The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products or services. For a list of WOC patient products and services, please click here.

      To view a free recording of the webinar Dermostomy: Advanced Dermatological Conditions of the Parastomal Region visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

      • *Episode 38: Developing Quality WOC Education: A Conversation with the WOCN Society Accreditation Committee Chair

      • Episode 38: Developing Quality WOC Education: A Conversation with the WOCN Society Accreditation Committee Chair

        The Society believes the right choice to deliver evidence-based care to individuals with non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence are nurses educated by WOCN Society-accredited Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Programs (WOCNEPs) and/or nurses who are certified through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB).

        On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Kathleen McLaughlin, DNP, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Chair of the WOCN Society’s Accreditation Committee to talk about the purpose and responsibilities of the committee and how it supports the Society, its members, and the greater nursing community. Listen in to learn more about accreditation and the resources available to nurses interested in WOC nursing education, precepting, certification and professional development opportunities such as volunteering.

        Resources from this episode
        Accreditation Policy & Procedure Manual
        This resource can be found in the Society's Document Library, here.

        Click here to view WOC Nursing Education Programs (WOCNEPs) Accredited by the WOCN Society.

        Click here to view the Pathways to Becoming a WOC Nurse.

        The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB), separate entity from the WOCN Society, provides a national certifying examination designed for entry level into the field for graduates of accredited educational programs. Graduates of an accredited WOC nursing full scope or specialty program are eligible to become Board Certified by taking the (WOCNCB) Examination(s). For more information and to download the certification exam application form, please visit the WOCNCB's website or call the WOCNCB National Office at (888) 496-2622.

        If you need assistance finding a preceptor in your area, visit: wocn.org/PreceptorDirectory.

        Contact Hours: 0.5

        Disclosure: The planners and faculty for this program have nothing to disclose unless listed below. All potential Conflicts of Interest have been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner, Nurse Planner, and Director of Education, and resolved according to the WOCN Society policy to ensure that no bias exists as a result of disclosed relevant financial relationships with Commercial Interest Organizations.

        • *Episode 37: Meeting the Demand: How One Department Increased Their WOC Nurse Workforce

        • Episode 37: Meeting the Demand: How One Department Increased Their WOC Nurse Workforce

          On this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Ekta Vohra, BSN, RN, CWON. As a certified wound and ostomy nurse for 6 years at a large urban, academic institution, Ekta’s patients span from neonates through the geriatric population. After experiencing an increase of 257% in ostomy patient visits and 138% in wound patient visits, Ekta and the team at her facility worked to research and measure the demand they were facing and understand the costs savings associated with adding additional full-time staff to meet this demand. Through their research, understanding of workload productivity, and dedication to showcase the value of WOC nurses, they developed a proposal for additional staff and eventually increased their team by four new members. Listen in to learn more about their processes, including the research for their proposal, the on-boarding of new staff and the on-going and future projects of the department.

          Resources Mentioned in this Episode
          The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition provides an overview of the scope of WOC nursing practice, the standards of WOC nursing practice and professional performance that are based on the authoritative statements of the ANA (2015a) regarding the duties of all registered nurses. The standards define the responsibilities of the WOC nurse and guide professional practice and performance. Competencies are included for each standard, which provide evidence of compliance with that particular standard. To purchase, please click here.

          The 2016 WOC Nursing Salary and Productivity Survey is a member benefit provided by the WOCN Society. The information contained in this report represents compensation and productivity data on the WOC nursing industry. The report is designed to allow a user to easily compare their compensation and productivity levels with their peers. If you are a member, this resource is available for free and can be found in the WOCN Document Library at wocn.org/library. If you are a non-member, this resource is available for purchase in the WOCN Society bookstore at wocn.org/bookstore.

          Contact Hours: 0.5

          Disclosure: The planners and faculty for this program have nothing to disclose unless listed below. All potential Conflicts of Interest have been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner, Nurse Planner, and Director of Education, and resolved according to the WOCN Society policy to ensure that no bias exists as a result of disclosed relevant financial relationships with Commercial Interest Organizations.

          • Bonus Episode 8: The Gut Microbiota & Health: A Focus on Linking Intestinal Dysbiosis & Human Disease

          • Bonus Episode 8: The Gut Microbiota & Health: A Focus on Linking Intestinal Dysbiosis & Human Disease

            During this special bonus WOCTalk episode, we sit down with Dr. Mariana Byndloss. As an Assistant Professor in the Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Mariana’s work examines how inflammation mediates changes in host physiology, and how these changes can cause disruption of the microbial ecosystem in our large intestine, leading to disease.

            In this episode, Mariana speaks to us about the content from a recent WOCN Society webinar, The Gut Microbiota & Health: A Focus on Linking Intestinal Dysbiosis & Human Disease, which introduced the exciting field of the microbiome and uncovered the role of the gut microbiota in promoting human health, how gut dysbiosis occurs, and the clinical implications of gut dysbiosis with focus in hospital acquired infections, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.

            This content, while presented onsite at WOCNext 2019, was also presented as an official WOCNext 2019 education rebroadcast. The rebroadcasted webinar and this podcast were both supported by an educational grant from Hollister, Incorporated.

            The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products or services. For a list of WOC patient products and services, please click here.

            To view a free recording of the webinar The Gut Microbiota & Health: A Focus on Linking Intestinal Dysbiosis & Human Disease visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

            • Bonus Episode 7: Parastomal Hernias: A Surgeon and WOC Nurse Perspective

            • Bonus Episode 7: Parastomal Hernias: A Surgeon and WOC Nurse Perspective

              Parastomal hernia development is a common complication for a patient with a stoma. In this special bonus episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Janice C. Colwell, RN, MS, APRN, CWOCN, FAAN, to discuss this complication and the content she presented alongside her colleague, Neil Hyman, MD, at WOCNext 2019. Their session titled, “Parastomal Hernias: A Surgeon and WOC Nurse Perspective” reviewed the incidence, clinical presentation, risk factors, workup and surgical and non-surgical treatment of the ostomy patient with a parastomal hernia.

              This session, while presented onsite at WOCNext 2019, was also presented as an official WOCNext 2019 education rebroadcast. The rebroadcasted webinar and this podcast were both supported by an educational grant from Hollister, Incorporated.

              The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products or services. For a list of WOC patient products and services, please click here.

              To view a free recording of the webinar Parastomal Hernias: A Surgeon and WOC Nurse Perspective visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

              • *Episode 36: The Use of a Low-Profile Gastrostomy Device to Enhance MACE Irrigation

              • Episode 36: The Use of a Low-Profile Gastrostomy Device to Enhance MACE Irrigation

                On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with two certified wound, ostomy continence nurses from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health; Lisa Kirk, MSN, RN, CWOCN and Tim Luttrell, BSN, RN, CWOCN. Lisa and Tim co-authored an award-winning poster presented at WOCNext 2019 in Nashville titled, “The Use of a Low-Profile Gastrostomy Device to Enhance Malone Antegrade Continence Enema (MACE) Irrigation”. This co-authored poster earned Tim and Lisa a Merit Award in the Case Study category.

                A Malone Antegrade Continence Enema (MACE) is a type of surgery designed for the child with chronic bowel problems such as constipation or fecal incontinence. A tract is created into the large intestine to allow for daily irrigation of the colon to maintain continence. During this discussion, Tim and Lisa explain their nursing backgrounds, MACE procedures and the benefits of MACE irrigation, and the patient case that lead to the development of their poster. Listen in to learn more and discover the quality of life improvements MACE irrigation can provide to pediatric patients.

                The abstract for this co-authored poster can be found by clicking here.

                Contact Hours: 0.5

                Disclosure: The planners and faculty for this program have nothing to disclose unless listed below. All potential Conflicts of Interest have been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner, Nurse Planner, and Director of Education, and resolved according to the WOCN Society policy to ensure that no bias exists as a result of disclosed relevant financial relationships with Commercial Interest Organizations.

                • Episode 35: Igniting Change & Finding Balance: A Conversation with Angela Gaffney, CHC

                • Episode 35: Igniting Change & Finding Balance: A Conversation with Angela Gaffney, CHC

                  On this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Angela Gaffney, CHC, the keynote speaker for WOCNext 2020 in Cleveland, June 7-10. Angela is the President of Essential Health & Wellness, a firm focused on building healthy communities and organizations. As an international wellness speaker, consultant and author, she and her team have supported clients through inspiring keynotes, corporate consulting, executive retreats, and unique wellness programming.

                  She is the catalyst for healthy transformation and helps others ignite change through her speaking, writing and coaching. After surviving a personal health crisis that nearly took her life, Angela devoted intense time, education and energy into regaining her own health and becoming a Certified Health Coach. Calling on her personal and professional experience, Angela has shared these same proven strategies to help hundreds of others lose weight, boost energy, eliminate stress and find balance in life. Listen in to learn more about Angela and what she has planned for her keynote at WOCNext 2020 on June 7.

                  What is WOCNext? WOCNext is an educational event for WOC nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to providing expert care to patients with wound, ostomy, and incontinence needs. With more than 60 speakers and over 50 sessions to choose from, attendees will leave WOCNext with diverse knowledge and insights into how to best identify, care for, and overcome some of the most challenging issues facing their patient populations. For additional information visit wocnext.org.

                  Want to learn more about Angela Gaffney, including her best health related tip, tricks and recipes? Visit angelagaffney.com to view blog articles and sign up for Angela’s newsletter to receive new content weekly!

                  • *Episode 34: Bridging Our Care from Research to Bedside

                  • Episode 34: Bridging Our Care from Research to Bedside

                    On this episode of WOCTalk, we speak with Heather Lee Craven PhD, RN, CMSRN, CPHQ and Teresa Kelechi, PhD, GCNS, CWCN, FAAN of the Medical University of South Carolina about the process of bringing research to life through evidence-based practice. “Bridging Our Care from Research to Bedside” was originally presented at the Southeast Region of the WOCN Society conference in the Fall of 2019. In this episode, Dr. Craven and Dr. Kelechi discuss the content from this previous presentation and walk through the steps from forming a research team or panel, holding “think tank” research discussions and goal setting to the eventual outcome of bringing your research to life through evidence-based practice. Listen in to gain knowledge, tips and tricks to get started with your own evidence-based research project.

                    To view a real-life example of how to apply the concepts covered in this episode, click here to view a video starring Dr. Craven, Dr. Kelechi and other members of the Medical University of South Carolina.

                    Contact Hours: 1.5

                    Disclosure: The planners and faculty for this program have nothing to disclose unless listed below. All potential Conflicts of Interest have been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner, Nurse Planner, and Director of Education, and resolved according to the WOCN Society policy to ensure that no bias exists as a result of disclosed relevant financial relationships with Commercial Interest Organizations.

                    • Bonus Episode 6: Creative Strategies to Manage Female Urinary Incontinence and Reduce Urinary Catheter Utilization

                    • Bonus Episode 6: Creative Strategies to Manage Female Urinary Incontinence and Reduce Urinary Catheter Utilization

                      On this special bonus episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Carmen Davis and Terrie Beeson to speak about the content from a recent WOCN Society webinar, “Creative Strategies to Manage Female Urinary Incontinence and Reduce Urinary Catheter Utilization”, which focused on alternatives used to disrupt the lifecycle of the indwelling urinary catheter.

                      The webinar and this podcast were both supported by an educational grant from Stryker. The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products and services. To view a free recording of the webinar “Creative Strategies to Manage Female Urinary Incontinence and Reduce Urinary Catheter Utilization”, visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

                      Carmen Davis, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS-BC, is a certified clinical nurse specialist with 20 years’ experience in critical and progressive care areas with the Indiana University Health University Hospital.

                      Terrie Beeson, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC, is certified critical care clinical nurse specialist with 40 years experience in critical and progressive care areas with the Indiana University Health University Hospital.

                      Click here to view the JWOCN article mentioned in this episode: Urinary Management With an External Female Collection Device.

                      • Episode 33: One CWOCN with a Bright Future

                      • Episode 33: One CWOCN with a Bright Future

                        In this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Morgan Womble, RN, CWOCN, winner of the WOCN Society’s Future is Bright Award in 2019. This WOCN award recognizes a new WOC nurse within his/hers first five (5) years of practice who is tri-specialty certified and destined to make a significant contribution to WOC care as an educator, a researcher, or in clinical practice. The Future is Bright Award is intended to recognize a new WOC nurse who exemplifies the scope of WOC nursing practice as defined in “WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice”, 2nd Edition. Listen in to learn about Morgan’s professional background and her future as a WOC nurse.

                        • Bonus Episode 5: Convexity: Where Did it Come From and Where are We Now?

                        • Bonus Episode 5: Convexity: Where Did it Come From and Where are We Now?

                          During this special bonus WOCTalk episode, we sit down with Jan Colwell to speak about the popular topic of convexity. Jan has practiced as a WOC nurse for 40 years at the University of Chicago Medicine and is currently the advanced practice nurse in the outpatient ostomy clinic. She is a Past President of the WOCN Society and Friends of Ostomates Worldwide USA, is the co-section editor of the ostomy section of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and has edited several text books on ostomy care..

                          In this episode, Jan speaks to us about the content from a recent WOCN Society webinar, Convexity: Where Did it Come From and Where Are We Now?, which provided a historical perspective on the use of convexity in the management of a patient with a stoma and examined different types of convexities. Listen in to learn about the past, present and future of convexity.

                          This podcast and the webinar were supported by an educational grant from ConvaTec. The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products or services. For a list of WOC patient products and services, please click here.

                          To view a free recording of the webinar Convexity: Where Did it Come From and Where Are We Now?, visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

                          Click here to view the JWOCN article mentioned in this episode: Use of Convexity in Ostomy Care: Results of an International Consensus Meeting.

                          • Episode 32: Walk the WOC: A Nurse’s Journey of Living with an Ostomy

                          • Episode 32: Walk the WOC: A Nurse’s Journey of Living with an Ostomy

                            During this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Coleen Potts, BSN, RN, CWOCN, a certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse working in both inpatient and outpatient care at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. As an RN diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis shortly after giving birth in 1987, Coleen was faced with ileostomy surgery. Shortly after, she underwent J-pouch surgery to remove her stoma and learned to self-catheterize. Ultimately, Coleen chose to invite a new stoma back into her life. Listen to learn about Coleen’s lifechanging healthcare journey from being an RN to living with an ostomy to becoming a CWOCN

                            • Episode 31: Deep Dive into the Continent Ileal Reservoir

                            • Episode 31: Deep Dive into the Continent Ileal Reservoir

                              This WOCTalk podcast topic was suggested by one of our WOCN members! During this episode we sit down with Karen O’Brien, CWOCN, from the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Cleveland, OH. Karen is part of an experienced nursing team that has been awarded the best nursing team in the entire Cleveland Clinical Nursing System twice in the last five years. Listen to this episode to learn about the Kock Pouch surgical procedure, more commonly referred to as “continent ileal reservoir”, “Barnett pouch”, and “K-pouch”, and to learn about the types of patients that are appropriate candidates for this procedure, surgical complications, and the role the WOC nurse plays in assessing and treating people living with K-pouches in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and tips for people living with K-pouches.

                              If you think you'd be a good guest for an upcoming episode, if you have a topic idea to share with us, or if you would like your questions or issues addressed in an upcoming episode of WOCTalk, send an email to podcast@wocn.org.

                              • Episode 30: Glocal Perspectives on Healthcare: WOC Practice with Diverse Populations

                              • Episode 30: Glocal Perspectives on Healthcare: WOC Practice with Diverse Populations

                                It is no secret that we live in a global society. Wound, ostomy and continence nurses work in myriad of settings with client populations that reflect global diversity. Healthcare providers and clients alike benefit from care informed by global engagement. During this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Kevin Emmons DrNP, APN, AGPCNP-BC, CWCN, CFCN and Lynette Franklin APRN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN, to discuss their session at WOCNext 2019 titled, “Glocal Perspectives on Healthcare: WOC Practice with Diverse Populations”. Listen in to review several definitions of global health, learn about Kevin and Lynette’s service learning experiences from different parts of the world, and to receive an introduction to the concept of “glocal” care--translating global knowledge to care at a local level.

                                To view a recorded version of Lynette and Kevin’s session from WOCNext 2019, click here.

                                For additional information on the Worldwide Fistula Fund or to make a donation, visit: worldwidefistulafund.org.

                                • Episode 29: From WTA to CWOCN

                                • Episode 29: From WTA to CWOCN

                                  In this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with 3 WOC nurses who have all experienced implementing and/or participating in the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA® Program). What is the WTA Program? The WTA Program is a continuing education program created by the WOCN® Society to further empower wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty nurses, and improve patient outcomes by strengthening the wound care team. With a flexible education program that is applicable to all health care settings, the WTA Program prepares non-WOC certified nurses to provide optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of a WOC specialty nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or physician. Listen in to learn how one WTA Course Coordinator turned two of her graduates down the path to full-scope WOC certification.

                                  To learn more about the WTA Program, visit wocn.org/wtaprogram.

                                  About the Interviewees

                                  Tara Beuscher, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, NEA-BC, has been a WOC nurse for many years and has experience in several different practice areas including acute care, home care, hospice, long term care, LTAC, assisted living and ambulatory care. She is the Lead Nurse Planner for the WOCN® Society, along with the section editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) Foot and Nail section.

                                  Melissa Parker, RN, CWOCN is a Clinician III at the University of Virginia Health System where she works full-time on the wound care team and teaches wound care and pressure injury prevention classes to on-boarding nurses.

                                  Ann Roberts, RN, CWOCN works at the University of Virginia Health System within in-patient wound and ostomy services. Ann is the President of the Blue Ridge Affiliate of the WOCN Society.

                                  • Episode 28: Post-event Huddle to Decrease Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

                                  • Episode 28: Post-event Huddle to Decrease Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

                                    On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Amanda Dominguez, BSN, RN, CWOCN to talk about her co-authored, award-winning poster from WOCNext 2019 titled” Post Event Huddle to Decrease Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries”. During the discussion, Amanda speaks about how her team engaged the bedside staff within her hospital to identify barriers to care and implementing changes in pressure injury (PI) prevention techniques according to the findings through the development of a PIRATE (Pressure Injury Review AcT and Educate) huddle. By using this huddle model, all interdisciplinary team members involved in the care of a patient with a hospital-acquired pressure injury (HAPI) were required to attend the PIRATE huddle and participate in the initiatives to care and provide action items for care through a PDSA (Plan Do Study Act) cycle. Listen in to learn more about Amanda’s experience with these models and the outcomes her hospital received as a result of the implementation of these important changes to their care and prevention of HAPIs.

                                    The abstract for co-authored poster with team member Rebecca Stevens, MSN, RN, CWOCN, can be found by clicking here.

                                    The WOCN Society is accepting abstracts for WOCNext 2020 now through November 1, 2019. Click here for additional information and to start your submission today!

                                    • Episode 27: Advocating for the WOC Nursing Workforce and Patient-Centered Care

                                    • Episode 27: Advocating for the WOC Nursing Workforce and Patient-Centered Care

                                      Healthcare is a highly regulated industry at both the professional and payer levels. The WOCN Society is committed to advancing legislative activity that promotes the benefits of wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse involvement related to pressure injuries, acute and chronic wounds, ostomy and continence care. The Society is actively engaged in state and federal public policy and advocacy efforts to help healthcare become economically viable, and to promote the value of WOC nurses across all healthcare settings.

                                      In this episode, we talk with Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, the Society’s Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, and Chris Rorick, MPH, the Society’s Director of Government Relations, who serve on the Society’s National Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. Kate and Chris discuss the important role that public policy plays within the Society, and resources that members can use as guides to advocate for themselves, for their profession and for their patients. They also discuss the diligent process of how the Committee works to identify important issues, create action plans and aim to get bills passed.

                                      For more information on the Society’s public policy and advocacy efforts, and to contact your legislator regarding current issues, please visit wocn.org/publicpolicy.

                                      • Bonus Episode 4: Celebrating Ostomy Awareness

                                      • Bonus Episode 4: Celebrating Ostomy Awareness

                                        On this special episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Joanna Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN. Joanna is a full scope practicing Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurse working for WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Cary, North Carolina where she facilitated the opening of their first outpatient ostomy clinic. Joanna‘s contributions to WOC nursing include serving three years on the WOCN Society’s Ostomy Committee where she helped in developing the "Pediatric Ostomy Complications: Best Practice for Clinicians". Her passion for ostomy care stems from her 51-year journey of living with an ostomy since the age of three. Joanna was the 2011 National Great Comebacks® recipient and has shared her story on a state and national level. She was named the 2016 WOC Nurse of the Year for the southeast region of the United States, and is honored to serve on the board for United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA). Joanna has also been appointed as the Chairperson for UOAA’s Advocacy Committee. During this episode, we speak to Joanna about her healthcare journey, her career as a WOC nurse, her involvement with the UOAA and Ostomy Awareness Day, which is celebrated this year on Saturday, October 5th. For more information about Ostomy Awareness Day, visit ostomy.org/ostomy-awareness-day.

                                        United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports, empowers, and advocates for people who have had or who will have ostomy or continent diversion surgery. For more information, visit ostomy.org.

                                        • Episode 26: The Premier Program for Basic Wound Care Education

                                        • Episode 26: The Premier Program for Basic Wound Care Education

                                          On this episode on WOCTalk we sit down with Janet Ramundo, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN to talk about the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program. Janet has been a practicing CWOCN since 1991, in both home health and long-term care settings, and an educator at Emory University’s WOCNEP since 1996. As an active WTA Program Course Coordinator, Janet has graduated over 100 students through the program. She currently serves as the Wound Treatment Associate Advisory Committee Chair for the WOCN® Society.

                                          The WTA Program is a continuing education program created by the WOCN Society to further empower wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty nurses, and improve patient outcomes by strengthening the wound care team. As the premier program offering basic wound care education, the WOCN Society strives to ensure that all program materials remain accurate, relevant, and current. Listen in to learn more about the program, how to bring the program to your institution and the exciting changes that are rolling out as of October 1, 2019--including additional clinical skill competencies and an increase in nursing continuing education contact hours and continuing competency units for physical therapists.

                                          To learn more about the WTA Program, visit wocn.org/wtaprogram.

                                          To learn about how to bring the WTA Program to your facility, visit wocn.org/GettingStartedWTA.

                                          • Episode 25: A Decision Support Algorithm for Body Worn Absorbent Products (BWAP)

                                          • Episode 25: A Decision Support Algorithm for Body Worn Absorbent Products (BWAP)

                                            Despite recent advances in multiple areas of continence management including pharmacotherapy, surgery, physiotherapy, and neuromodulation, evidence suggests that use of incontinence products remains the most prevalent strategy among adults with urinary or fecal incontinence. To address this gap, the WOCN Society developed an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for selection, use, and evaluation of body worn absorbent products for the management of individuals with urinary and/or fecal incontinence—The Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide. This new clinical tool is a blend of evidence-based decision making with best practice modes designed to help to fill the gap in resources available for first-line and WOC specialty practice nurses guiding optimal use of BWAPs. In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Mikel Gray, PhD, RN, PNP, FNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN to discuss BWAPs, the WOCN Society’s Consensus Conference on BWAPs and the Society’s newest decision-making tool, the Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide.

                                            To learn more about the development of this new tool, we invite you to read the article,Assessment, Selection, Use, and Evaluation of Body Worn Absorbent Products for Adults With Incontinence: A WOCN Society Consensus Conference”, published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN): May/June 2018 - Volume 45 - Issue 3 - p 243–264.

                                            To start implementing this tool into your daily practice, visit bwap.wocn.org.

                                            The Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide was funded through an educational grant from Domtar.

                                            • Episode 24: Collecting Data to Advocate for Additional WOC Nurse Resources

                                            • Episode 24: Collecting Data to Advocate for Additional WOC Nurse Resources

                                              On this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Mary Willis, MS, RN, CWOCN and Diane Bryant, MS, RN, CWOCN of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA to discuss their recent poster at WOCNext 2019. The poster, titled “Collecting Data to Advocate for Additional WOC Resources: YOU CAN DO IT!” outlined how data they collected drove the decision to hire an additional WOC nurse to handle the workload in their urban, academic medical center. Listen in to learn more about Mary and Diane’s clinical backgrounds, their association with the WOCN Society and how they developed a compelling needs assessment document and proposal to acquire additional WOC nurse resources.

                                              The abstract for Mary and Diane’s co-authored poster, “Collecting Data to Advocate for Additional WOC Resources: YOU CAN DO IT!”, can be found by clicking here

                                              Need help demonstrating your value as a WOC nurse? The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition provides a valuable resource for WOC nurses to promote excellence in professional and specialty practice, quality care, improved patient outcomes; and it can be used to articulate the importance and value of WOC nurses to administrators, legislators, payers, patients, and others. The updated document, available for purchase in the WOCN Society’s Bookstore, provides an overview of the scope of WOC nursing practice including the following: description, definition, history and evolution of WOC nursing; characteristics of WOC nursing practice; description of the tri-specialty; WOC nurse roles, populations served, and practice settings; care coordination and collaboration by WOC nurses; education preparation and levels of WOC nurse providers; certification for WOC nursing; mandate for continuous professional development; ethics in WOC nursing; current issues and trends that influence WOC nursing; future considerations and challenges for WOC nursing; and standards of WOC nursing practice and professional performance with competencies for each standard.

                                              • Episode 23: Preventative Practices for Wounds in a Critical Care Setting

                                              • Episode 23: Preventative Practices for Wounds in a Critical Care Setting

                                                On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Rhonda Sullivan, DNP, PhD, MSN, MBA, CWON, LNCC, NE-BC. Dr. Sullivan has 26 years of experience, 19 of which have been dedicated to the wound and ostomy specialties. Rhonda is a Board-Certified Nurse Executive, Wound and Ostomy Nurse and Legal Nurse. She currently serves as a Quality and Safety Clinical Specialist where she serves as clinical support to healthcare facilities seeking to improve patient outcomes. She is a published author, researcher, medical legal expert and international speaker on pressure injury and deep tissue injury prevention. Her recent high scoring abstract at the WOCN Society’s educational event, WOCNext, earned her the Top Scoring First Time Poster Presenter Award in Preventative Practices for Wounds. This poster evaluates the Norton Pressure Sore Risk Assessment Scale (Norton Scale) for use in the critical care setting. Listen in to learn more about Rhonda’s poster and her tips for submitting a successful abstract.

                                                The abstract for Rhonda’s co-authored poster, “New Critical Care Specific Pressure Injury Risk Assessment Tool Demonstrates Excellent Validity and Reliability in a Simulated Patient Environment”, can be found by clicking here.

                                                The co-authors of this poster were Rhonda Sullivan, DNP, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, CWON, LNCC; Elizabeth Barnby, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CRNP; and Shannon Graham, DNP, RN, NE-BC.

                                                Many thanks to Stryker for supporting the Top Scoring First Time Poster Presenter Award in Preventative Practice for Wounds.

                                                • Bonus Episode 3: Convex Product Choices to Improve Care

                                                • Bonus Episode 3: Convex Product Choices to Improve Care

                                                  During this special bonus WOCTalk episode, we sit down with Donna Sellers, BSN, RN, CWON and Jill Hammond, BSN, RN, CWOCN of Convatec to speak about the content from the recent supported webinar, Convex Product Choices to Improve Patient Care. This session discussed the what and when of choosing convex product choices to improve patient care along with the potential risks and contraindications for using convexity. Listen in to learn more and on this topic and additional knowledge not covered during the original webinar recording.

                                                  This podcast and the webinar were supported by Convatec. The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products or services. For a list of WOC patient products and services, please click here.

                                                  To view a free recording of the webinar Convex Product Choices to Improve Patient Care, visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

                                                  Additional Resources From this Episode:

                                                  Use of Convexity in Pouching: A Comprehensive Review Hoeflok, Jo; Kittscha, Julia; Purnell, Paris

                                                  Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: September/October 2013 - Volume 40 - Issue 5 - p 506–512

                                                  • Episode 22: Meet the President

                                                  • Episode 22: Meet the President

                                                    In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN. Stephanie works as a Nurse Practitioner and Team Leader at the Duke Cancer Center in North Carolina. Most recently, at the conclusion of the WOCNext 2019 event this past June, Stephanie was sworn in as the newest President of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. Listen in to learn more about the personal and professional life of the 22nd President of the WOCN Society, what she is looking forward to as the newest President of the WOCN Society and her tips for new WOC nurses and those looking for volunteer opportunities on a national level.

                                                    Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 5,000 health care professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. To learn more about the history of the organization, click here

                                                    • Episode 21: The WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC Nurses

                                                    • Episode 21: The WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC Nurses

                                                      On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN. Carole is currently employed as a wound and ostomy nurse practitioner at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan, and has been a certified WOC nurse since 1997.

                                                      As an active member of the Society, she is passionate about the development and empowerment of WOC nurses and the WOCN Society; this has motivated to her to seek various roles within the Society, including Member at Large (Board of Directors), a member of the Ostomy Committee, member of the Scope and Standards Task Force and Chair of the WOCN Society Scholarship Committee. In this episode, we speak to Carole about her career, her role as the Chair of the WOCN Society Scholarship Committee and the WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC nurses.

                                                      Because of the awareness of the growing need for wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses throughout the world and a strong belief in the continued growth and success of WOC nursing, the WOCN Society has established a program to award educational scholarships. The partial scholarships are made possible through contributions from individual members, wound, ostomy and continence product manufacturers, private and public donations, endowments, and regions and affiliates, which comprise the WOCN Society.

                                                      The WOCN Society Scholarship Committee is a standing committee of the WOCN Society. The scholarship program is operated under the auspices of the WOCN Society Foundation, which raises, maintains and disseminates monies and is accountable for the funding of awards.

                                                      Scholarships are awarded to deserving individuals who are committed to working in the specialty practice of wound, ostomy, or continence nursing. Applicants agree to support the WOCN Society's mission and the scope of practice for WOC nursing. Click here to view our past recipients.

                                                      The WOCN Foundation Scholarship Site will reopen for Fall applications on August 1, 2019 and will close on November 1, 2019. Click here for additional information.

                                                      • Episode 20: Peristomal Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (PMARSI)

                                                      • Episode 20: Peristomal Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (PMARSI)

                                                        On this week’s episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC, to learn about her expertise and her experience leading up to her co-authored manuscript in the March/April issue of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing titled, Peristomal Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury, Results of an International Consensus Meeting. This is an open access article and can be found, by clicking here.

                                                        Other co-authors for this manuscript include:

                                                        Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, CNS, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP, FAAN, Cone Health, Greensboro, North Carolina.

                                                        Ginger Salvadalena, PhD, RN, Clinical Affairs, Hollister Incorporated, Libertyville, Illinois.

                                                        Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

                                                        Mikel Gray, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, School of Medicine (Department of Urology) and School of Nursing (Department of Acute and Specialty Practice), University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

                                                        • Episode 19: WOCNext 2019: What to Know Before You Go

                                                        • Episode 19: WOCNext 2019: What to Know Before You Go

                                                          On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Brooke Passy. Brooke is a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and the WOCN® Society’s Meeting Manager. During this episode she reviews the ins-and-outs of the WOCN Society’s newly re-branded education event, WOCNext.

                                                          WOCNext 2019 will take place in Nashville from June 23-26, 2019. For additional information visit wocnext.org.

                                                          If you are a registered attendee, and interested in learning more about ePosters, session handouts or the MyWOCN app, please click use links below.

                                                          Eposters
                                                          This year, our Poster Hall will be made up of 50% ePosters! Good news, you can now view the ePosters that will be presented in Nashville online before you arrive and after the event has finished.

                                                          Click here to view the WOCNext 2019 ePosters. They will be available to view online through July 12, 2019

                                                          Handouts
                                                          WOCNext 2019 sessions handouts are now available to view, download and/or print. There are two ways to access this year’s handouts.

                                                          To access handouts online: Log in to MyWOCN, your personal briefcase of event planning tools, using your badge number and click “handouts”.

                                                          To access handouts from your mobile device: Open the MyWOCN app, click "Handouts" on the main menu, log in with your Email Address and Badge Number, select the handout(s) for the session(s) you are interested in.

                                                          MYWOCN App
                                                          Navigate WOCNext 2019 like a pro with the MyWOCN app. With the app you are able to: view the event schedule and build your personalized itinerary, message exhibitors and schedule one-on-one appointments with them, view speaker information, view the interactive exhibit hall floor plan, view wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) products, access session handouts and more!

                                                          Turn on/allow notifications within the app to get real-time updates during the event.

                                                          • Episode 18: The CAUTI Prevention Tool Kit

                                                          • Episode 18: The CAUTI Prevention Tool Kit

                                                             

                                                            On this week’s episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Kathleen Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN and Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, to discuss an article that was in the March/April issue of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) titled, “The CAUTI Prevention Tool Kit, A Professional Practice and Collaborative Project of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society”.

                                                            This article discussed a collaborative project that the WOCN Society participated in, along with many other organizations, to discuss CAUTI prevention. Kate and Vicky joined us to speak about their role on this project and the article that was co-written as a result of the collaboration.

                                                            The co-authors of the article were:

                                                            • Kathleen G. Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region, Rutland, Vermont.
                                                            • Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis.
                                                            • Maureen Dailey, PhD, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, Daileysolution, New York, New York.
                                                            • Chenel Trevellini, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Patient Safety Solutions, LLC, Bayside, New York.
                                                            • Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

                                                            To view the article in the March/April issue of JWOCN, click here.

                                                            To view and use the CAUTI Prevention Tool, visit wocn.org/clinicaltools. and click on the link for the ANA CAUTI Prevention Tool.

                                                            • Episode 17: Addressing Sex and Intimacy: The Ex-PLISSIT Model in Practice

                                                            • Episode 17: Addressing Sex and Intimacy: The Ex-PLISSIT Model in Practice

                                                              On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Bridget Taylor, PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), RN, to get a sneak peek of what to expect during her upcoming session at WOCNext 2019 titled, “Addressing Sex and Intimacy: The Ex-PLISSIT Model in Practice”. Bridget Taylor is a Senior Specialist Nurse in the community palliative care team at Sir Michael Sobell House hospice in Oxford (UK). In addition to her clinical work, Bridget has been a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University for over 20 years, teaching a variety of courses on sexuality, end of life care and research methods. Her doctoral research explored the experiences of sexuality and intimacy for patients and partners of patients living with a life-limiting illness. Bridget has published extensively and her co-authored Extended PLISSIT model for addressing sexual well-being has been widely adopted.

                                                              For additional information regarding Bridget’s presentation at WOCNext 2019, click here.

                                                              WOCNext 2019 will take place in Nashville from June 23-26, 2019. For additional information visit wocnext.org.

                                                              • Bonus Episode 2: Progressive Mobility and Pressure Injury: What’s The Link?

                                                              • Bonus Episode 2: Progressive Mobility and Pressure Injury: What’s The Link?

                                                                During this special bonus WOCTalk episode, we sit down with Joyce M. Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center. During this episode, Dr. Black speaks about the content from her webinar presentation, Progressive Mobility and Pressure Injury: What’s The Link?

                                                                Progressive mobility is the graded application of positioning and mobility techniques to return patients to prior levels of function. With critical or prolonged illness, recovery of function is slow and increases the duration of risk for pressure injury. This webinar addressed pressure injury prevention, at all levels of progressive mobility, and the ergonomic issues for nurses with these patients.

                                                                This podcast episode and the webinar were supported by an educational grant from Stryker.

                                                                To view a free recording of the webinar Progressive Mobility and Pressure Injury: What’s The Link? visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

                                                                • Episode 16: Introducing the New Foot and Nail Section of JWOCN

                                                                • Episode 16: Introducing the New Foot and Nail Section of JWOCN

                                                                  On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Tara Beuscher, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, NEA-BC. Dr. Beuscher has been providing foot and nail care for over 25 years. Beginning foot care practice in Senior Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities, she developed the Foot and Nail Course for Nurses in 1996, which has been the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s highest-ranking continuing education course since its inception. Dr. Beuscher was on the initial Foot and Nail Care Nurse Exam test development committee with the Wound, Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB®). She currently works in the podiatry department for Doctors Making House Calls, a home-based multispecialty practice providing care in homes, independent and assisted living facilities through out North Carolina. She is a very active volunteer leader of the WOCN® Society, functioning as the Lead Nurse Planner for the Society and the Foot Care section editor, a new addition to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN).

                                                                  In this episode, we explore Dr. Beuscher’s career, what lead to her passion for foot care, her involvement and success with the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program and the exciting enhancement to JWOCN that she is spearheading, the Foot and Nail section, available in the May/June issue.

                                                                  To view, or subscribe to JWOCN, visit jwocnonline.com.

                                                                  If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for publication in JWOCN, click here.

                                                                  For information regarding the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program, visit wocn.org/wtaprogram.

                                                                  • Episode 15: Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care

                                                                  • Episode 15: Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care

                                                                    In this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Christine Berke, MSN, APRN-NP, CWOCN-AP, AGPCNP-BC and Secretary of the WOCN® Society. Chris also recently served as the WOCN Society’s Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care Task Force Chair and was part of a group of Society volunteers and experts tasked with revising the Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care document. This updated document replaces the 2009 version of the Role of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse or Continence Care Nurse in Continence Care. The document was revised by the Task Force between March 2017 ─ October 2018. During the discussion, Chris reveals the purpose of this document, the contributing factors that led to recent updates and tips and suggestions for nurses looking to certify or re-certify in continence.

                                                                    The Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care is a digital resource available in PDF format for download in the WOCN Society’s Document Library. To view the document library, please visit: wocn.org/library. For direct access to the document, click here .

                                                                    If you are interested in certifying or re-certifying in continence, you can access resources available through the WOCN Society, the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB®). Additional information can be found here.

                                                                    If you are interested in purchasing the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Core Curriculum book in Ostomy Management please visit the Society's bookstore at wocn.org/bookstore.

                                                                    • Bonus Episode 1: Guiding Your Professional Future with the Scope and Standards for the WOC Nurse

                                                                    • Bonus Episode 1: Guiding Your Professional Future with the Scope and Standards for the WOC Nurse

                                                                      During this special bonus WOCTalk episode, we sit down with Kathleen Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Scope and Standards Task Force Chair to speak about the Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition and the content from the special WOC Nurse Week 2019 rebroadcast, Guiding Your Professional Future with the Scope and Standards for the WOC Nurse: Practical Application of the 2nd Edition of the Scope and Standards.

                                                                      This session focused on care coordination and collaboration by WOC nurses; ethics in WOC nursing, current issues and trends that influence WOC nursing; future considerations and challenges for WOC nursing; and standards of WOC nursing practice and professional performance based on the American Nurses Association Standards of Nursing Practice.

                                                                      This session was originally presented by members of the WOC Scope and Standards Task Force during the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference. These WOC nurse experts intrigued attendees with vignettes and practical application hints on how to enhance your professional practice by embracing the scope and fulfilling the standards.

                                                                      This podcast, the webinar and WOC Nurse Week 2019 were commercially supported by a restricted educational grant from Smith & Nephew.

                                                                      Interested in purchasing the latest edition of WOC Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition? It is available for purchase in the WOCN Society’s Bookstore at wocn.org/bookstore. We have a special discount running through the end of WOC Nurse Week (April 20) for $5 off your purchase. If interested, use the code NURSEWEEK5 at checkout.

                                                                      To view a free recording of the rebroadcast of Guiding Your Professional Future with the Scope and Standards for the WOC Nurse: Practical Application of the 2nd Edition of the Scope and Standards, visit the webcasts section of the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center at wocn.org/cec.

                                                                      • Episode 14: Pouching Made Easy: Creating an Essential Ostomy Tote for Emergency Room Nurses

                                                                      • Episode 14: Pouching Made Easy: Creating an Essential Ostomy Tote for Emergency Room Nurses

                                                                        Over 100,000 ostomy surgeries are performed in the United States each year, and this number continues to grow. Research has shown that 70% of patients experience postoperative complications, resulting in increased length of stay and higher readmission rates. Ostomates face multiple challenges post-surgery related to leakage, prolapse, herniation, retractions, and necrosis, which can lead to an emergency department (ED) visit. In this episode of WOCTalk, we speak with Cathy Wittenauer, BSN, RN, CWOCN, regarding her co-authored poster, “Pouching Made Easy: Creating an Essential Ostomy Tote for Emergency Room Nurses”. During our discussion, Cathy walks through a collaboration established to bridge the gap in providing competent postoperative ostomy care and additional knowledge to ED nurses to create positive experiences for ostomates during emergency department visits.

                                                                        To view a description of the poster, “Pouching Made Easy: Creating an Essential Ostomy Tote for Emergency Room Nurses”, click here.

                                                                        The authors of this poster were Karaleigh Crouse, BSN, RN, CWOCN and Cathy Wittenauer, BSN, RN, CWOCN.

                                                                        • Episode 13: All About Nashville: A Sneak Peek at our WOCNext 2019 Destination

                                                                        • Episode 13: All About Nashville: A Sneak Peek at our WOCNext 2019 Destination

                                                                          On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Deana Ivey, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. to talk about everything Nashville to help us prepare for WOCNext 2019, June 23-26 at the Music City Center. WOCNext is an event for WOC nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to providing expert care to patients with wound, ostomy, and incontinence needs. With nearly 60 speakers and over 50 sessions to choose from this year, attendees will leave WOCNext with diverse knowledge and insights into how to best identify, care for, and overcome some of the most challenging issues facing their patient populations.

                                                                          Listen in to learn more about the sights, sounds, attractions and food to look forward to in Music City while attending WOCNext 2019!

                                                                          For additional information about WOCNext 2019, visit wocnext.org.

                                                                          If you’re interested in learning more about what Nashville has to offer, click here.

                                                                          • Episode 12: Using a Collaborative Team to Reduce Pressure Injuries Originating in the Perioperative Division

                                                                          • Episode 12: Using a Collaborative Team to Reduce Pressure Injuries Originating in the Perioperative Division

                                                                            In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Laura Phearman, BSN, RN, CPNP, and co-author of a merit award winning poster in the Practice Innovation category at the WOCN Society 50th Annual Conference titled, “Using a Collaborative Team to Reduce Pressure Injuries Originating in the Perioperative Division (POD)”. During our discussion, Laura speaks to us about the formation of an interprofessional operating room hospital-acquired pressure injury (HAPI) prevention workgroup. Since its inception in 2014, this group of individuals worked to review literature and identify evidence-based strategies to implement in the Perioperative Division (POD) to reduce HAPIs.

                                                                            To view a description of the poster, “Using a Collaborative Team to Reduce Pressure Injuries Originating in the Perioperative Division (POD)”, click here.

                                                                            Authors of the poster include:

                                                                            Linda Abbott, DNP, RN, CWON, AOCN; Patricia Pezzella, BSN, RN, CWON; Julia Langin, BSN, RN, CWON, CMSRN; and Laura Phearman, BSN, RN, CPNP.

                                                                            • Episode 11: Transforming Manuscripts to Global Messages: A Discussion with Dr. Mikel Gray, Editor-in-Chief, JWOCN

                                                                            • Episode 11: Transforming Manuscripts to Global Messages: A Discussion with Dr. Mikel Gray, Editor-in-Chief, JWOCN

                                                                              In this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Dr. Mikel Gray, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) to speak about his background and career and highlight his experiences serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal. During this episode, Dr. Gray speaks about the global impact of JWOCN, what is on the horizon for the Journal, the manuscript process, how to submit a manuscript and other best practices to get published.

                                                                              The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) is the official publication and member benefit of the WOCN Society. This international journal provides continuing education for the entire scope of the WOC nursing practice and is the authoritative resource devoted to the care and management of patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Original, peer-reviewed articles in JWOCN examine practice and research topics in hospital, home, and long-term care settings.

                                                                              Membership* to the WOCN Society includes a JWOCN subscription as well as full access to JWOCNonline.com with:

                                                                              • New and archived issues to help you keep current with best practices.
                                                                              • eAlert Services—email notifications of eTOCs, citations, collections, and more.
                                                                              • The opportunity to earn free online CE credits via CEConnection, the Journal’s CE portal.

                                                                              For additional information about JWOCN, visit JWOCNonline.com.

                                                                              Interested in getting published in JWOCN? Click here for information about how to prepare and submit your manuscript.

                                                                              *Excludes Allied member type

                                                                              • Episode 10: The Future is Bright for WOC Nursing

                                                                              • Episode 10: The Future is Bright for WOC Nursing

                                                                                In this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Heather Hedges, BSN, RN, CWOCN, and inaugural winner of the WOCN Society’s Future is Bright Award in 2018. This WOCN award recognizes a new WOC nurse within his/hers first five (5) years of practice who is tri-specialty certified and destined to make a significant contribution to WOC care as an educator, a researcher, or in clinical practice. The Future is Bright Award is intended to recognize a new WOC nurse who exemplifies the scope of WOC nursing practice as defined in “WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice”, 2nd Edition.

                                                                                Interested in learning more about the Future is Bright Award? Nominations are now being accepted for 2019. Click here for more information.

                                                                                To purchase the WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition, click here. Members save $5 off their purchase!

                                                                                Interested in making a difference in the lives of nurses pursuing WOC education? Donate to Fund the Future today. Your tax-deductible gift will support educational funding for nurses who are beginning their journey into the WOC nursing specialty and is a meaningful way to show your love and appreciation for that special WOC nurse in your life. Learn more.

                                                                                • Episode 9: A Unique Approach to Neonatal Wound Care

                                                                                • Episode 9: A Unique Approach to Neonatal Wound Care

                                                                                  Neonatal wound care often presents unique challenges. In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Stephanie Furtado, BScN, RN, ET MClScWH, SWO, to discuss her unique approach to a micropreemie patient born at just 24 weeks. Stephanie outlined her approach within her merit award winning poster at the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference in 2018.

                                                                                  To view a description of Stephanie’s poster, “A Unique Approach to Heal a Neonate’s Open Abdomen Using Gentian Violet/Methylene Blue Polyurethane Antimicrobial Foam”, click here.

                                                                                  • Episode 8: Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers

                                                                                  • Episode 8: Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers

                                                                                    People who have a stoma often have many of the same questions and concerns. In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with co-authors of the Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers, a resource document that addresses answers to some of the most asked questions that people ask about the care of a stoma and the skin around the stoma. While the answers in this resource are meant for the person who has a stoma, there may also be helpful for the nurse as a teaching tool.

                                                                                    The Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers can be viewed in the WOCN Document Library by clicking here.

                                                                                    • Episode 7: Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products

                                                                                    • Episode 7: Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products

                                                                                      WOC Nurses are often called upon to make recommendations to individuals or purchasing/procurement representatives regarding body worn absorbent products. While considered a containment strategy for incontinence, these products simultaneously impact skin integrity. The WOCN Society held a consensus conference to identify current clinical practice gaps and define standards of care for individuals using body worn absorbent products for the management of fecal and urinary incontinence. The goal of the consensus conference was to develop evidence and consensus based statements that result in the development of a manuscript and ultimately, an evidence-and-consensus-based decision support tool around this concept. In this episode of WOCTalk, we feature a discussion with four members of the consensus conference regarding their session at the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference, “Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products: Results of the WOCN Consensus Conference”.

                                                                                      To view the full conference session, “Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products: Results of the WOCN Consensus Conference”, click here.

                                                                                      Want to review more sessions from the Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here

                                                                                      • Episode 6: Partnering for the Future – Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration)

                                                                                      • Episode 6: Partnering for the Future – Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration)

                                                                                        Do you struggle with not having enough WOC nurses to meet the patient needs in your facility or practice area? The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) and Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) programs can be a game changer. By training your front level clinicians in the basics of evidence-based wound and ostomy care, the reach of the WOC nursing staff can be extended. WTA and OCA trained clinicians can be your eyes on the ground to help identify issues when they first appear and provide early evidence-based interventions as well as give accurate first-hand information to the rest of the WOC nurse team and providers. During this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with WTA and OCA Course Coordinators to showcase approaches to integrating the WTA and OCA programs into your practice.

                                                                                        Interested in learning more about the WTA and OCA Programs?

                                                                                        For information about WTA, visit: wocn.org/wtaprogram

                                                                                        For information about OCA, visit: wocn.org/ctaprogram

                                                                                        View the full conference session, “Partnering for the Future—Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration)

                                                                                        Want to review more sessions from the Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here

                                                                                        • Episode 5: Protecting Your Present and Future: Legal Issues, Being a Witness, EMR Documentation

                                                                                        • Episode 5: Protecting Your Present and Future: Legal Issues, Being a Witness, EMR Documentation

                                                                                          Proper medical documentation plays a crucial role in the everyday lives of medical professionals. Errors and omissions, whether accidental or calculated, can lead to issues in care delivery and defense litigation--even when the care itself was properly rendered. In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with two partners from the medical malpractice defense group at White and Williams LLP: Debra Weinrich and Edward Beitz, to discuss being a witness, EMR documentation, legal issues and how medical professionals can protect themselves against medical malpractice.

                                                                                          Interested in learning more about this topic? View Debra and Edwards full conference session, “Protecting Your Present and Future: Legal Issues, Being a Witness, EMR Documentation” here: https://wocn.digitellinc.com/wocn/sessions/3895/view

                                                                                          Want to review more sessions from the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions: https://wocn.digitellinc.com/wocn/conferences/97/view

                                                                                          Other sessions about legal issues and/or EMRs in the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center (CEC) include:
                                                                                          Protecting the Roots: Litigation Free EMR
                                                                                          On the Witness Stand

                                                                                          • Episode 4: Slowing the Flow: Dietary, Fluid & Medication Management of the Patient with a High Output Stoma

                                                                                          • Episode 4: Slowing the Flow: Dietary, Fluid & Medication Management of the Patient with a High Output Stoma

                                                                                            Managing the high output stoma is a challenge for the patient, the family and the nurse. If the stoma is poorly managed, it can lead to local and systemic complications. In this episode of WOCTalk, Dr. Mary Arnold Long reviews the causes and consequences of a high output stomas, as demonstrated in her past educational session, “Slowing the Flow: Dietary, Fluid & Medication Management of the Patient with a High Output Stoma”.

                                                                                            To view the full conference session, click here. Want to review more sessions from past WOCN Society annual conferences? The full conference libraries are available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here.

                                                                                            • Episode 3: Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands

                                                                                            • Episode 3: Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands
                                                                                              With a robust pressure injury prevention program in place, the University of California Davis Medical Center, a 620 bed level 1 trauma center, was still reporting numerous pressure injuries. During this episode of WOCTalk, Dr. Sunniva Zaratkiewicz sits down with Dr. Holly Kirkland-Kyhn and Oleg Teleten of UC Davis to discuss data they collected, analyzed and reported on at the WOCN Society’s most recent annual conference in Philadelphia. “Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands”, covers the trends and personal findings of UC Davis Medical Center over a series of 5 years, an initiative that was developed in order to find the patient related risk factors in the development of deep tissue injuries in the ICU and how these risk factors compare to the average ICU patient within their facility.

                                                                                              Interested in learning more about this topic? View Holly and Oleg’s full conference session, “Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands”. Want to review more sessions from the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here.

                                                                                              For a list of WOCN Society recorded continuing education sessions on the topic of pressure injuries, click here .

                                                                                              • Episode 2: Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide

                                                                                              • Episode 2: Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide
                                                                                                The incidence of peristomal skin complications (PSCs) is reported to be as high as 77%, and the negative impact of PSCs on patient quality of life is well documented. In addition, studies show that the majority of patients fail to recognize PSCs, believing that skin issues are "normal", and only 20% seek treatment. This data emphasizes the need for consumer-based tools that educate individuals with ostomies about strategies for maintaining skin health and that assist the person with an ostomy to promptly identify PSCs. During this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Jo Hoeflok and Christine Kim to discuss their session at the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference. “Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide” was a symposia session that walked through the development, availability, and appropriate utilization of a consumer-based tool for recognition and management of peristomal skin complications—The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers.

                                                                                                View the full conference session, “Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide

                                                                                                The WOCN Society’s evidence-based clinical tools are perfect for the home environment to aid with transitions of care and to improve patient outcomes. The use of these free online tools increases staff competence by augmenting skill sets in support surface selection, lower extremity wound management and ostomy complications. For information on the Society’s evidence-based clinical tools, visit: wocn.org/clinicaltools.

                                                                                                To demo the Society’s Peristomal Skin Assessment Guides, visit: psag.wocn.org.

                                                                                              • Episode 1: Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs

                                                                                              • Episode 1: Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs
                                                                                                During this episode of WOCTalk, Dr. Kevin Emmons sits down with Dr. Barbara Pieper of Wayne State University. Current Professor and Interim Associate Dean, Dr. Pieper also has a long history of providing chronic wound care to person who inject drugs (PWID). She recently presented two sessions at the WOCN Society’s Annual Conference, “Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs” and “Opioid Crisis and the WOC Nurse Role”. Both sessions covered information related to drug related wounds, opioid usage and the WOC nurses’ role.

                                                                                                Interested in learning more about PWID or the opioid crisis and the WOC nurses’ role? View Dr. Pieper’s full conference sessions from the Society’s 50th Annual Conference in Philadelphia:
                                                                                                “Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs”
                                                                                                “Opioid Crisis and the WOC Nurse Role”

                                                                                                Want to review more sessions from the 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here.

                                                                                              About the Hosts

                                                                                              Kevin Emmons, DrNP, RN, APN, AGPCNP-BC, CWCN, CFCN  
                                                                                              Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
                                                                                                
                                                                                              Dr. Kevin Emmons is a Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, the Director of Undergraduate Traditional Nursing Programs, and Wound Faculty in the graduate Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Education Program at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden. He currently serves a Director for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). He is a board certified Adult-Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner, Certified Wound Care Nurse, and is a Certified Foot Care Nurse. Additionally, Dr. Emmons is an Officer in the United States Army Reserves-Nurse Corps and has deployed to Iraq where he closely worked with Iraqi forces and international coalition partners regarding health practices.

                                                                                              Jody ScardilloJody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN
                                                                                              Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner
                                                                                              Jody has over 20 years of WOC Nursing experience. She is currently a Director serving on the WOCN Society's Board of Directors, the Abstract Chair for the WOCN Society National Conference Planning Committee and the Web Editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN).

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