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

JWOCN Announces Publication of Updated NPUAP Pressure Injury Staging System

You have been waiting and finally JWOCN is excited and honored to publish the definitive manuscript describing the Revised Pressure Injury Staging System from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).  The revised pressure injury staging system was created by a multidisciplinary Task Force and the NPUAP concensus conferences to reflect current scientific and clinical understanding of pressure injuries and to facilitate accuracy in staging.  This article describes NPUAP's methodological and collaborative approach, the consensus process, and the important changes that resulted.  It is now available by following this link.​

Many governmental agencies and professional organizations have voiced their support of these changes.  Specifically, The Joint Commission (TJC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Databank of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) are looking to incorporate the new terminology.  Incorporation into Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT), Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), and ICD-11 payment codes are being explored.  In addition, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOCN) Society, the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapists (CAET), the Pan Pacific Pressure Ulcer Alliance (PPPIA) of Australia, the Hong Kong Enterostomal Nurses Association, the New Zealand Wound Care Society, the Wound Healing Society of Singapore, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have publically endorsed the changes.

This article is imperative and crucial reading for all clinicians and providers involved in pressure injury prevention and treatment and is the primary source for the 2016 NPUAP Pressure Injury Staging System.


New Collection of Magnet Nurse Award Winner

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.


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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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 

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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 feature is titled Lower Extremity Venous Disease​.  This article briefly reviews the pathophysiology of this disorder, physical assessment findings, wound characteristics and management strategies.  Several practice questions are provided with answers and references for the clinician preparing for the WOCN Wound Care certification examination.

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 JWOCN archives.  With the release of the new NPUAP Pressure Injury Staging System, it is useful to understand the challenges clinicians can have accurately identifying the proper etiogy of trunk wounds.  Buttocks wounds can be caused by pressure, shear, moisture, friction or a combination of these factors.  In her manuscript Pathology and Clinical Presentation of Friction Injuries​, author Christine Berke presents a series of 45 photographs with skin injuries caused primarily by friction etiology.  These wounds are often mislabeled as pressure injuries.