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: 1.177
From the Editor

Congratulations!  By visiting jwocnonline, you are reday to access the Journal's exclusive Published Ahead of Prine (PAP) early edition feature.  You will want to read The VCU Pressure Ulcer Summit, as this executive summary reports an imporatnt collaborative effort of clinicians, researchers, professional organizations, informatics, quality improvement and regulators to address topics that limit our ability to implement best practices for pressure ulcer prevention.

The current issue of the Journal contains 3 articles that emphasize the heart of WOC nursing: caring for the patient with an ostomy. The first two articles feature important position statements developed by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society in collaboration with The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American Urological Association.  These position statements support the importance of marking the optimal stoma location preoperatively and serve as a guide to clinicians who have not been educated in the intracacies of selecting an effective stoma site location. The statement for fecal stoma siting is available at this link.  The statement for urinary stoma siting is available here.  Each of these documents is a must read for every WOC nurse involevd in ostomy care and each should be liberally shared with colleagues who care for these complex patients.

In addition to these important position statements, Cristina Coca and colleagues report findings from a study evaluating the impact of specialty practice ostomy nurses on patients being cared for in an acute care setting.  The Impact of Specialty Practice Nursing Care on Health-Related Quality of Life in Persons With Ostomies provides the most comprehensive evidence to date supporting the essential role of ostomy nurses managing patients with newly created stomas.

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


Please note the change in address for our JWOCN Managing Editor:

Gary Mawyer, Managing Editor

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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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In this video, the section editor for Challenges in Practice, Janet Ramundo shares information about publishing your Clinical Challenges feature article in the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing.


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,

Manuscript Awards

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing is proud to announce the annual manuscript awards for 2014.

The Research Manuscript Award is given to Sarah Fowler, Helen Godfrey, Mandy Fader, Anthony Gerald Timoney and Adele Long for their manuscript Living with a Long-Term Indwelling Urinary Catheter: Catheter User's Experience.

The Clinical Manuscript Award is given to Tara Beuscher for her manuscript Pad Weighing for Reduction of Indwelling Urinary Use and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection: A Quality Improvement Project.

Congratulations to these well-deserving authors.  To revisit these outstanding manuscripts, as well as past award winning articles, follow this link.

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 taken from the Challenges in Practice article titled Silver-Based Dressing in an Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infant: A Case Study by Deanne August, Susan Ireland and Judy Benton.  Dressings containing silver have been considered dangerous for neonatal patients.  As a result, practitioners are hesitant to use them based on the potential risk of absorption and toxicity.  A silver dressing was safely and successfully documented in this case study.