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