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Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/WON.0b013e318225ebaf
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Gallagher, Diana L. MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, CHT; President, WOCNCB

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Dear Colleagues,

Professionals involved in the specialty areas of wound, ostomy and continence nursing are legendary. Their expertise extends across the entire spectrum of patient care. Certified WOC nurses have embraced a unique foundation of knowledge and skills and are committed to expanding that base with an ever-evolving evidence base. These highly skilled nurses bring a level of expertise that is based on beginning as a generalist and evolving into the precision of a specialist. Their understanding of the art and science of nursing provides a solid foundation for the critical problem solving that nurses certified through the WOCNCB are known for.

Working as a WOCNCB-certified nurse is a complex role that demands special tools. Tools may be as simple as curved ostomy scissors, as complex as a fistula pouch or new technology, or as unique as something created by the WOCNCB-certified nurse to meet an individual patient's specific need. For the third year, the WOCNCB and the team of dedicated nurses who serve on the Evidence Based Practice Committee are proud to bring you an irreplaceable tool for your practice: Review of the 2010 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice.

This publication will provide you, a busy clinician, with an invisible staff of support personnel who have reviewed the literature, gleaned those articles that are pertinent to your clinical practice, and then reduced those into a succinct literature review you can use. As with the 2 previous issues, this publication mirrors the evolving research base in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence, and for the first time this year, foot care nursing. Like all valuable tools, this one will save you countless hours by providing you a synopsis of the research in a clear, usable format.

The WOCNCB is proud to be able to offer you this publication again this year, in both print and online formats. It is our goal to provide you with a tool that offers a review of the new research critical to your practice. The information provided in this review will help you improve your practice, develop presentations, finalize projects and positively impact the changing world of healthcare.

Please accept this valuable gift with our thanks for your own commitment to excellence in practice. As you share the evolving evidence base, you will influence the practice of others and fulfill the role that each of us plays as leaders and change agents for optimal patient care through best practice models.

Sincerely,

Diana L. Gallagher, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, CHT

President, WOCNCB

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WOCNCB Evidence Based Practice Committee

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Chair: Jane A. Fellows, RN, MSN, CWOCN

Board Liaison: Patricia S. Collins, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN

Ex-Oficio: Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FANNP, FAAN

Michele R. Burdette-Taylor, PhD, RNCN, CWCN, CFCN

Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN

Sharon C. Evans, RN, CWOCN

Margaret Falconio-West, BSN, RN, APN/CNS, CWOCN, DAPWCA

Susan Mueller, BSN, RN, CWOCN

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About the WOCNCB

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board is a professional organization dedicated to providing consumer safety and protection by offering credentialing in the areas of wound, ostomy, continence and foot care nursing to registered nurses who meet WOCNCB's stringent qualifications and pass its certification examination. WOCNCB certified nurses provide quality care to patients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home healthcare.

Today, nearly 6,500 WOCNCB certified nurses are practicing in the United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. The WOCNCB's wound, ostomy and continence certifications are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABNSC), formerly the accreditation committee of the American Board of Specialty Nursing (ABNS).

For more information, contact the WOCNCB at (888) 496-2622, e-mail info@wocncb.org or visit www.wocncb.org.

Copyright © 2011 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

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