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.
  • 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.

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WOCN Society Accreditation Statement
The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.