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Shield HealthCare Celebrates WOC Nurse Week 2013

Gina Flores
Caregiver Advocate | Shield HealthCare
04/12/13  8:00 AM PST

It’s WOC Nurse Week April 14-20, 2013, sponsored by the WOCN® Society! Shield HealthCare invites you to recognize and discover the difference a Wound, Ostomy, Continence nurse makes in patient care.

What is a WOC Nurse?

WOC nurses provide acute and rehabilitative care for people with selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integumentary systems. As clinical experts, WOC nurses provide direct care to people with abdominal stomas, wounds, fistulas, drains, pressure ulcers, other complicated wounds and continence disorders.

A WOC nurse possesses a strong background in evidence based practice and focuses on prevention and management of complications related to wound, ostomy and continence care. WOC nurses produce better patient outcomes, reduce costs and increase patient satisfaction.

WOC nurses provide superior ostomy care. Specialty education for nurses in ostomy care is only provided by WOCN-accredited WOCNEPs and the only certification in ostomy care is from the WOCNCB. Patients undergoing ostomy surgery, whether temporary or permanent,require intensive physical and emotional care as well as continuing support to return to their normal lives. For patients across all settings with fecal and urinary diversions, fistulas and tubes, WOC nurses provide this specialized care.

As an educator, consultant, researcher and administrator, the WOC nurse plays a pivotal role in providing optimal patient care in multiple health care settings, including inpatient,outpatient, long-term care and home health. (WOCN® Society-WOCNCB®, 2008)

Learn more about WOC Nurses at wocn.org

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