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WOC Nurse Week 2020

During Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week 2020, April 12-18, the Society is empowering WOC nurses to reflect on and celebrate the impact they make in the communities they serve around the world. As educators, researchers, leaders, experts and caregivers, each WOC nurse has a unique set of skills that allow them to make a world of difference in the lives of individuals who suffer from non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence. 

The Society believes the right choice to deliver evidence-based care to these individuals 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®).

As we once again celebrate WOC Nurse Week, we are urging each of our members to reflect and celebrate their unique skills that enable them to impact outcomes and improve patient care around the world, each and every day. 

You can participate in WOC Nurse Week by:

  • Proudly displaying your WOC Nurse Week poster.

  • Wearing your WOC nurse pin with pride!

  • Recognizing and celebrating with other WOC nursing colleagues.

  • Entering the online photo and/or video contest for a chance to win one free year of membership.

  • Joining us for a special webinar during WOC Nurse Week for a chance to earn one free Contact Hour.

  • Listening in to our special WOC Nurse Week podcast.

  • Sharing your WOC nursing story with us


WOC Nurse Week Materials

Download the Posteto hang in your office or faculty break room, or use it as a flyer to place in everyone's mailboxes.

Download the Official WOC Nurse Week 2020 Toolkit
 to gain access to our WOC Nurse Week 2020 logo library and special tips and resources to help you make the most out of your celebrations this year!

Download a Letterhead Template to communicate with internal and external audiences.

WOC Nurse Week Photo Contest

Celebrate your special week by posting pictures on social media for a chance to win a FREE one-year membership to the WOCN Society. Members (excluding Corporate Members) are eligible to enter the photo contest.

Upload your favorite picture(s) of you wearing your WOC Nurse Week pin, standing near your WOC Nurse Week poster, and/or celebrating with your colleagues to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn using the hashtag #WOCNurseWeek2020.

The photo contest will begin April 12, 2020, and will end April 18, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT. One person will be randomly selected at the close of the contest. You’re encouraged to post as many photos as you like but note that each person will be entered only once. The winner will be notified the week of April 20, 2020.

*By entering the photo contest, you authorize the use of photographic reproductions for any marketing purpose deemed appropriate by the Society.

WOC Nurse Week Video Contest

nw-videocontestHelp us capture video footage to show others how WOC Nurses Make a World of Difference! Submit a short, fun video video for a chance to win a FREE one year membership to the WOCN Society! Record your video and upload it here:

Some things to consider answering in your video:

  • What challenges in your practice have you overcome?
  • How have you advocated for your practice or patients?
  • Have you provided your expertise on service learning trips? Where did the service learning trip take place and what was the impact?
  • What award or recognition have you received, and how did this impact your practice?
  • What does WOC Nursing mean to you?
  • What one word would you use to describe what you love about being a WOC Nurse?
  • Take the WOC Nurse Week 2020 flyer that says "WOC Nurse Make a World Of Difference By...", fill in your answer, and zoom in to show you answer.
  • Show your facility where you work and what's happening! Film clips of signage, your colleagues, or any identifying features of your location, if possible.

The video contest will begin March 17, 2020, and will end April 18, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT. One person will be randomly selected at the close of the contest to win. You’re encouraged to post as many videos as you like, but note that each person will be entered only once. The winner will be notified the week of April 20, 2020.

*By entering the video contest, you authorize the use of photographic and video reproductions for any marketing purpose deemed appropriate by the Society.


Join Us to Earn One Free Contact Hour!


This webinar is being offered free of charge. You must register to participate. 
Register for the webinar >>

Session Description:
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. This session will review the definitions of global health, speaker’s experiences from different parts of the world, and the concept of “glocal” care (translating global knowledge and understanding at the local level).

Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this educational program, the learner should be able to:

  • Apply concepts of global knowledge to address health care needs of individuals at the local level.


Listen and Learn During WOC Nurse Week 2020

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During this special bonus WOCTalk episode, we sit down with Kim Fields, BSN, CPN, CWOCN, a certified wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) pediatric nurse at Hershey Medical Center, to discuss her international medical and mission work. Kim has provided WOC health care for underserved populations in places like Africa, the Amazon Jungle, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and she has volunteered with The Youth Rally.

Kim discusses how learning about different cultures has improved her health care and has helped her grow as an individual and a nurse. Kim discusses ways to get involved in international service-learning trips and ways to help in your local community. Kim provides tips for anyone who is interested in participating in international service trips.

Click here to listen to this bonus WOCTalk episode. 




WOC Nurse Week is commercially supported by a restricted educational grant from Smith & Nephew.

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