Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurses provide care to patients who suffer from non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence. WOC nursing combines the kind and considerate care that these patients need, with the improved patient care results that nurses deliver, lowering costs and changing the lives of patients.
The goal of WOC Nurse Week 2014 is to celebrate and educate others about the work WOC nurses do every day for patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.
The Impact of a WOC Nurse
A recent study investigated how WOC nurses affect patient outcomes in home health care settings and found that patients in home health care agencies with a WOC nurse, compared to agencies without a WOC nurse, were:
- Nearly twice as likely to have improvement in pressure ulcers.
- 20% more likely to have improvement in lower extremity ulcers.
- 40% more likely to have improvement in surgical wounds.
- 40% more likely to have improvement in urinary incontinence.
- 14% more likely to have improvement in bowel incontinence.
WOC Nurse Brochure
This brochure provides an overview of the purpose, preparation (education and certification) and practice that makes WOC nurses the right choice. It also provides information about the certification process and credentials available from the WOCNCB and describes the eligibility criteria.
Download the brochure.