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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.

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 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 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 Host

                                    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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