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