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THE GREAT DEMAND FOR WOC NURSE

Who are they? They are formerly known as Enterostomal Therapy (ET) nurses. Also, they are RNs with baccalaureate (or higher) degrees.

What do they do? A wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse facilitates optimal care for patients dealing with complex wounds, ostomies or incontinence issues. WOC nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care, long-term care and home health.

Being a WOC Nurse/WCA will help you:

  • Elevate your status as a specialist in wound care
  • Become recognized as a healthcare professional with specialized knowledge of wounds
  • Demonstrate a dedication to the highest standards in wound care
  • Cooperate and exchange resources with the disciplines and organizations involved in wound care
  • Gain professional pride and growth
  • Advance your career

Whether you plan to specialize in wounds, ostomies or incontinence all three practice areas offer opportunity for professional growth in a variety of health care settings. WOC nurses provide acute and rehabilitative needs for people with selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and/or integumentary system. WOC nurses provide direct care to people with abdominal stomas, wounds, fistulas, drains, pressure ulcers, and/or continence disorders.

If global trends and past history are indicators of what is yet to come, then WOC nurses are likely to be in great demand for the foreseeable future. Why? Simply because they care for all age groups, are versatile across care settings, and teach for both prevention of disease and/or institution of care to promote rehabilitation.

WOC nurses are and will be increasingly valuable to American society because (1) They help ensure quality nursing outcomes for the American people, (2) Assist with health care cost control (3) Provide, amid the technology, the necessary human touch for people needing comprehensive WOC care in the new millennium.

 

Sources: http://www.wocn.org/?become_a_woc_nurse

http://www.abwmcertified.org/abwm-certified/cwca/cwca-why-certify/