WOC Nurse Week recognizes WOCN members and WOC nurses
During the week of April 12-18, 2015, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) will recognize wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses for the care they provide to millions of patients. This year’s theme, “WOC Nurses are the Total Package,” acknowledges the versatile roles WOC nurses play in facilitating and enhancing care for patients suffering from wounds, ostomies and urinary and fecal incontinence that may require both acute and rehabilitative support.
“WOC nurses are educators, researchers, decision makers and clinical experts; in other words they’re the ‘total package,’” said Phyllis Kupsick, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, President of the WOCN Society.
Through a restricted educational grant for materials and programming, Smith & Nephew is supporting WOC Nurse Week. Both the WOCN Society and Smith & Nephew share a common goal of improving patient outcomes while reducing costs.
A key goal of WOC Nurse Week is to increase awareness of the specialty and to demonstrate the value of the WOC nurse. WOC nurses play a pivotal role in providing optimal patient care in multiple healthcare settings, including inpatient, outpatient, long-term care and home health.
WOC nurses are highly prepared expert clinicians who serve in a variety of roles including educator, consultant, researcher and administrator to enhance and facilitate care for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence health care needs.