September/October 2017 - Volume 44 - Issue 5

  • Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
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  • 1528-3976
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Autumn is here, and we are entering into a time of cooler weather and Fall celebrations. One special celebration in September was Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) week. JWOCN celebrates the CNS who has specialized in Wound, Ostomy, Continence nursing! In addition, October is the month of the ANCC Magnet Conference celebrating Strength through Collaboration and Diversity in Practice. That is what WOC nursing is all about! WOC nurses are all about celebrations, collaboration and strength whether it is through advancing your practice as an APN or as a leader in your organization!

The JWOCN Sept/Oct issue is packed with valuable information especially relevant for the advanced practice WOC nurse and WOC leader. The Wound section highlights pressure injury prevention but does so with a focus on the complex high-risk patient, such as those in critical care - Prevention of Heel Pressure Injuries and Plantar Flexion Contractures With Use of a Heel Protector in High-Risk Neurotrauma, Medical, and Surgical Intensive Care Units: A Randomized Controlled Trial [Tina Meyers] and Pressure Injury Knowledge in Critical Care Nurses [Donna M. Miller et al] and those undergoing prolonged complex procedures in the operating room Predictors of Intraoperative Pressure Injury in Patients Undergoing Major Hepatobiliary Surgery [Yan Chen et al] and Effects of Curvilinear Supine Position on Tissue Interface Pressure: A Prospective Before-and-After Study [Yue Guo et al.]

For those WOC nurses and APN WOC nurses who focus on patients with ostomies, Sexual Experiences of Chinese Patients Living With an Ostomy by Zhu and colleagues is a must-read.

And for those looking at the science of incontinence and its effect on skin, the studies by Bliss and colleagues, Kon and colleagues and Wickett & Damjanovic provide excellent science and clinically relevant research.

Collaborate with others around you and share the great resources available in the Sept/Oct issue of JWOCN!

Deputy Editor: Joyce Pittman, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN

Though superficial, the hematoma in this patient is large and presents unique challenges to wound healing. Do you know how this large hematoma was managed and the role that WOC nurses played in its management? Click here to read Nicole Kindel’s description of successful management of this challenging patient.