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

JWOCN Editorial Board and Staff


This first edition of 2016 is a sharp reminder of the significance, diversity and breadth of the WOC specialty practice.  This issue's Wound Care section provides the latest Evidence-Based Report Card titled,Is Twice-Daily Skin Moisturizing More Effective Than Routine Care in the Prevention of Skin Tears in the Elderly Population?  This article, as all Evidence-Based Report Cards, is a must read for all WOC nurses as it gives clinicians the state of the science information.

Issues surrounding unavoidable pressure ulcers continue to challenge our evolving understanding of pressure ulcer development and prevention effectiveness.  The article Unavoidable Pressure Ulcers: Development and Testing of the Indiana University Health Pressure Ulcer Prevention Inventory adds to our science by describing the development of an operational definition for unavoidable pressure ulcers in the acute care setting, along with the construction and initial validation of an important new instrument.

In Published Ahead of Print, author Debbie Hanna-Bull describes the result of a quality improvement initiative to reduce the prevalence of facility-acquired heel pressure ulcers.  Heel pressure ulcers can be a challenge in all practice settings, and the author outlines her steps at making an effective business case, continuous education of staff, ongoing monitoring and ensured accountability as key steps to a successful system.  The article is available at this link.



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

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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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Featured Video

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,

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 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.

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 feature.  Lauren Wolfe describes a complex case study of a patient with impaired healing of a donor site following bone harvest for reconstruction of the jaw.  Multiple local and systemic factors are known to influence wound healing.  This article enumerates the assessment and changes in management that occurred in this aged, community dwelling patient and raises the question about the impact of radiation on a distant wound.  To read the full article, follow this link.