This edition of the JWOCN is packed with landmark articles that speak to the daily practice of the wound. ostomy and continence nurse. The first is an article by Diane Boyle, Sandra Berquist-Berunger and Emily Cramer titled Relationship of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certified Nurses and Healthcare-Aquired Conditions in Acute Care Hospitals. The results of this descriptive study looks at the influence of WOC certified nurses in lowering hospital aquired pressure injury rates, improving pressure injury risk assessment and prevention practices, and lowering catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates. This article qualifies as a must read because it strengthens the steadily growing evidence base demonstrating WOC nurse impact in various practice settings.
This edition's continuing education feature presents Management of Central Venous Access Device-Associated Skin Impairment: An Evidence-Based Algorithm. This must read article by Daphne Broadhurst, Nancy Moureau and Amanda Ullman describes the development and vaildation of an algorithm by an international group of expert clinicians into the area of medical adhesive-related skin injury associated with the use of central venous access devices.
Janice Colwell, Laurie McNichol and Joy Boarini reports the findings of their large descriptive study titled North America Wound, Ostomy, and Continence and Enterostomal Therapy Nurses Current Ostomy Care Practices Related to Peristomal Skin Issues. Their work involved almost 800 ostomy nurses addressing current best practices and ongoing challenges in the establishment of evidence-based interventions for the prevention and management of peristomal skin damage.
National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2017
The American Nurses' Assiciation has designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse". So with that in mind, the National Nurses Week theme of "Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit is appropriate in celebrating nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness. As a specialty practice, Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses lead the charge everyday in helping patients with chronic wounds, ostomies and fecal and urinary incontinence to adapt to their medical conditions and circumstances to live their fullest lives.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP