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: 1.000
From the Editor

 Welcome to JWOCNOnline.com.  By visiting JWOCNonline, you are ready to access the Journal's exclusive Published Ahead of Print (PAP) early edition feature.  PAP allows the Journal to bring you the latest information before it appears in the print edition.  These sneak peaks constitute the same must read information you have come to expect in the printed edition of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, available only to the sophisticated user of jwocnonline.

PAP features a must read article by author Vivian Wong titled Heel Response to External Pressure: Is It the Same in Healthy Community-Dwelling Adults and in Hip Surgery Patients?  The author shares the results of her comparative study measuring oxygen and temperature of the heel in various positions in an attempt to explore the effects of pressure.  This is a must read article for all clinicians looking to educate staff on the importance of off-loading the heel in one particular high-risk patient population.

The print edition features a continuing education article by Jodi McDaniel and Kristine Browning titled Smoking, Chronic Wound Healing, and Implications for Evidence-Based Practice.  This is a must read for all clinicians caring for patients with chronic wounds who smoke cigarettes.  An important component of any wound treatment plan includes systemic support, including smoking cessation.  Smoking is a modifiable risk factor for delayed wound healing and the WOC nurse clinician can play an important role in in motivating behavior change in smoking cessation.  Follow this link to read the state of the evidence.

Indwelling fecal management devices can positively impact the prevention of incontinence-associated dermatitis and pressure ulcers in selected patient populations with fecal incontinence.  The article titled Stool Management Systems for Preventing Environmental Spread of Clostridium difficile: A Comparative Review focuses on the use of this medical device to prevent the environmental spread of a virulent and prevalent pathogen. 

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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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.

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Getting Ready for Certification

 This edition's Getting Ready for Certification feature discusses the concept of Care Bundles, defined by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as a group of evidenced-based interventions, when applied together to a defined patient population, improves clinical outcomes.  The specific example discussed is the Bladder Bundle.  Test yourself on this question:

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is suspected in a febrile elderly patient with a chronic indwelling catheter due to urinary retention.  What finding is a risk factor for CAUTI in this patient?
A.  Catheter leg strap securing the catheter on left upper thigh
B.  Daily cleansing of the perineal area
C.  Catheter drainage bag secured to the bed frame
D.  18 French catheter with a 30 ml balloon

 For the correct answer along with rationale and references, visit this link.  You will also want to visit Topical Collections for other Getting Ready for Certification features. 

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Publishing Your Research in the Journal

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 a neuropathic foot ulcer taken from the archived article An Alternative Method of Offloading the Neuropathic Foot Ulcer by Karen Wood-Belford and Myra Varnado.   This photo from the vault certainly compliments the article from this edition titled Can Macrocirculation Changes Predict Nonhealing Diabetic Foot Ulcers?  In addition to reading these articles, you will want to visit all of the archived articles on the Diabetic Foot in Topical Collections.