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
Ranking: Nursing 42/101
Impact Factor: 1.000
From the Editor

Happy Holidays From the JWOCN

We have arrived at that busy time of year.  In addition to the shopping, decorating and eating, it is time to reflect on the past year and give thanks.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many outstanding professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this journal possible.  From the clinicians and researchers who are willing to share their contributions with all of us, to the section editors and numerous volunteer reviewers who scrutinize the articles for quality and commercial bias, to the publishing staff who keep us on schedule and help us to produce a quality product.  On behalf of the editorial borad, I appreciate the invaluable service they all provide to the journal and to the profession of nursing by allowing us to ensure that quality manuscripts are published.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to serve the wound, ostomy and continence community in this manner.

This edition features 3 articles using qualitative research methods to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the management of patients with chronic incontinence and long-term indwelling catheter use.  Michelle Lobchuk and Fran Rosenberg use a mixed design to evaluate persons with urinary incontinence and their providers in their article available at this link.  Sarah Fowler and colleagues report results of an interpretive descriptive study that explores experiences of persons with long-term indwelling catheters in their article Living With a Long-term, Indwelling Urinary Catheter: Catheter User's Experience. Tara Beuscher closes with a description of a quality improvement project designed to allow removal of indwelling catheters in patients managed in a long-term acute care facility available at this link.  These articles are all novel and clinically relevant, as WOC nurses continue to face challenges with these populations.

Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN                                                                Editor-in-Chief

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Review of 2012 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice
Nov/Dec 2013
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
July/August 2012
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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

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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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Getting Ready for Certification

This edition's Getting Ready for Certification feature discusses the importance of pacing yourself when preparing for the WOCNCB certification examination.  Distributed practice provides a method of learning material over time, in contrast to "cramming".  Distributed practice techniques result in more effective long-term retention. Test yourself on this foot and nail care question:

A 65-yr-old woman with a history of peripheral neuropathy presents with discolored white toenails.  This finding is most consistent with:

a.  Onychogryphosis

b.  Tinea pedis

c.  Onychomycosis

d.  Acute paronychia

For the correct answer along with rationale and references, visit this link

You will also want to visit Topical Collections for other Getting Ready for Certification features. 

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Publishing Your Research in the Journal

In this video, the JWOCN editor, Mikel Gray offers insight into how to publish your research in the JWOCN and an introduction to essential elements of writing your research report.

Image of the Month


The Image of the Month is a venous leg ulcer taken from the Challenges in Practice article by Charles Buscemi and Carol Ann Romeo titled Wound Healing, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibition, and Collagen-Containing Products: A Case Study. In this case analysis, they hypothesize that regular administration of the drug lisinopril may have contributed to delayed wound healing.