Editor-in-Chief: Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
ISSN: 1071-5754
Online ISSN: 1528-3976
Frequency: 6 issues per year
Impact Factor: 0.969; 5 Year IF - 1.206
From the Editor

The JWOCN would like to acknowledge the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program, as well as the important role that Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) nurses play in helping their hospitals achieve Magnet status.  As part of this important recognition, The ANCC National Magnet Nurse of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions of clinical nurses for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk-taking.  Three certified WOCN Society members have received this prestigious award - June Amling, CWON (Childrens National Health System, Washington, DC), Tod Brindle, CWOCN (VCU Health Systems/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA), and Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, CWOCN (Robert Woods Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ)  Follow this link​ for a Topical Collection of published articles from one of these Magnet nurses, Tod Brindle.

In the September/October edition, you will want to read these cutting edge articles.  Prevention strategies for pressure injuries are always a priority and the JWOCN Sept/Oct articles addressing pressure injuries in long-term care (Baker, et al); Use of Turn Teams (Harmon, et al); Relationship of smoking cessation on pressure ulcer healing; and the Search for clearly defining Unavoidable pressure injuries will excite and provide much thought regarding pressure related injuries.

Pieper's report of their findings related to sleep in individuals with venous ulcers provides interesting and valuable information to consider in your practice.

The JWOCN Sept/Oct issue provides important information regarding Parastomal Hernia risk factors (Temple, et al) and the Adolescent Perspective following ostomy surgery that we hope will spark your interest and thoughts in new and exciting ways.

For the tri-specialized CWOCN, the JWOCN Sept/Oct issue provides articles examining practical and clinically relevant continence conditions across varied populations; Pregnancy, women with diabetes, Spinal cord Injured patients, and individuals with Dementia. These articles demonstrate the relevancy and value of the continence aspect of our practice.

And, finally, for those of you that cannot function without relevant and fascinating case challenges (and pictures!), we have included two Challenges in Practice articles presenting innovative uses of advanced products to improve outcomes.


Joyce Pittman PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN

JWOCN Deputy Editor

To find out more about the journal's new look, please click here.                                            

WOCN® 2016 Conference Highlights


The JWOCN redesign relaunch at conference was a met with much enthusiasm! Thank you to all that stopped by the booth to discuss and meet with our editorial team. Please see the links below for more JWOCN content.

Click here to see our new collection featuring speakers at the 2016 WOCN Joint Conference.

Click here to see the Scientific and Clinical Abstracts From the 2016 WOCN® Society & CAET Joint Conference

 Click here for our video on the journal's new look.


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Special Supplements

Review of 2012 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice
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Review of 2011 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice
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May/June 2012
Scientific and Clinical Abstracts From the WOCN(R) Society's 44th Annual Conference: Charlotte, North Carolina, June 9-13, 2012


March/April 2012
Essential Resources From the WOCN Society: A Special Supplement to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing


July/August 2011 Review of 2010 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice

July/August 2010 Review of 2009 Evidence for WOC Nursing Practice 

November/December 2009 Collagenase Ointment for the Debridement of Chronic Wounds 

July/August 2009 Review of the Evidence for WOC Nursing Practice 2007-2008

November/December 2006 Moisture-Control Dressings in Wound Care 

May/June 2005 Overactive Bladder


Official Journal of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

The WOCN Society and the JWOCN is proud to announce a collaborative relationship with the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) to provide the Journal as a membership benefit.  Join us in welcoming our new CAET readers as both organizations work to promote educational, clinical and research opportunities for their members.

To receive access to the online journal, society members use their customer information on JWOCN or may log-in through the WOCN website in the members-only area. Please click below:

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Announcement: New Journal Email Address

The e-mail address for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing has changed. 

Please send your inquiries to: Gary Mawyer, Managing Editor,

Getting Ready for Certification

​Are you looking to take the WOCNCB certification examination for wound, ostomy, continence or foot care?  The Journal is one place to go to help you prepare.  This month, our Topical Collections features all of our Getting Ready for Certification Collections to help you be successful.  These articles include common terminology, study hints, analysis of certification questions, and sample study questions.  To access all of these features, follow this link.

This edition's getting Ready for Certification focuses on the WOCNCB's advanced practice examinations.  Given the unprecedented number of WOC nurses completeing advanced practice degrees, including the DNP, earning one of these cutting edge credentials continues to be the gold standard certification.

In addition to these Getting Ready for Certification features, the Journal is also a place to find relevant continuing education articles.  If you are looking to recertify using the Professional Growth pathway, specialty practice continuing education articles are available at this link.

Image of the Month

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The Image of the Month is taken from the Challenges in Practice feature.  The article titled Use of a Moisture Wicking Fabric for Prevention of Skin Damage Around Drains and Parenteral Access Lines describes 4 situations deemed to be particularly challenging in the prevention of moisture-associated skin damage due to exposure to perspiration and enzymatic drainage in the pediatric population.  The current approaches to moisture management often prove ineffective in the pediatric patients.  The use of a moisture wicking fabric proved to be an innovation alternative to gauze or foam in their defined patient population.