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

​​​​​​​​​​​A quick glance at the web page and you will immediately notice that the Journal has a fresh new look.  This exciting redesign of JWOCN retains all of the critical elements you demand of your Journal, cutting edge platform articles in wound, ostomy and continence nursing, all the latest in professional practice issues contained in our regular feature articles, and innovative case studies in our Clinical Challenges.

Our exclusive web-feature, Published-Ahead-of-Print offers some must read article for wound specialty clinicians.

Barbara Pieper and Thomas Templin share the results of their cross-sectional study titled Sleep Quality: A Pilot Study Comparing Patients With and Without Injection-Related Venous Ulcers.​  Study findings suggest that sleep disturbances may be a likely issue in persons with venous ulcers and may impact quality of life and indirectly impact wound healing.

Maraget Baker and colleagues provide the results of a descriptive analysis titled Full-Thickness and Unstagable Pressure Injuries That Develop in Nursing Home Residents Despite Consistently Good Quality Care.​  Neglect of vulnerable older adults is a serious type of elder mistreatment and pressure injury is a recognized sign of possible neglect.  The suggestion that all pressure injuries are preventible and denote caregiver neglect has ramifications for mandatory reporting and prosecution.  Stage 3, Stage 4 and Unstageable Pressure Injuries occurred even when there was identification of risk factors and preventive care interventions were employed.  The authors provide a description of resident characteristics and their wounds that devloped depite good quality care.


Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN       

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
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
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:

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society


Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN)

Please watch this video to learn more about our new look!

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.

In this edition, The Road to Recertification​ provides a summary of the options available to the WOCNCBB certified nurse looking to recertifiy.  The route to recertification by examination is compared to the route to recertification by use of the Professional Growth Program(PGP).  All WOCNCB certified nurses should carefully evaluate both routes to see which option is best for them.  

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 Preventing Facial Pressure Ulcers in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome​ discusses 4 case studies of patients with ARDS involving therapeutic prone positioning to improve oxygenation.  Unfortunately this intervention increase the risk of medical device-related pressure ulcers in the facial area.  The authors suggest the prophylactic use of silicone foam dressings to decrease facial pressure ulcers secondary to pressure from the proning frame and the endotracheal tube in this critically ill patient population.