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

Pressure ulcer prevention is one of the areas that WOC nurses rightfully claim as the heart of their practice.  Despite the amazing progress that has been made on pressure ulcer preventive strategies and innovative approaches, there is still much to be explored and achieved as is evidenced by the variety of manuscripts on the subject highlighted in this edition.  You will want to read The VCU Pressure Ulcer Summit, as this executive summary reports an important 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. 

This issue also contains research reports about two different specific pressure ulcer prevention interventions of interest to wound care clinicians.  Tamara Bush and colleagues compare a pillow versus a wedge system for positioning patients at risk for sacral pressure ulcer development in their article A Comparison of Pressure Mapping Between Two Pressure-Reducing Methods for the Sacral Region.  Stephanie Miller and colleagues analyze the pressure redistributing properties of a silicone border foam as a part of a heel pressure ulcer prevention program in their article available at this link.

The Journal's exclusive Published Ahead of Print (PAP) early edition feature also has an article by Petra Lawrence, Paul Fulbrook and Sandra Miles sharing the results of their cross-sectional survey titled A Survey of Australian Nurses' Knowledge of Pressure Injury/Pressure Ulcer Management.  Identifying knowledge deficits of staff and and designing focused educational strategies is a global issue, and this is a must read for all WOC nurses charged with staff education.

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

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Essential Resources From the WOCN Society: A Special Supplement to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing


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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 Using Negative Pressure Therapy for Wound Healing in Extremely Low-Weight Infant (Micropreemie) by Barbara McGarrah.  The author describes the challenging management of postoperative wound in a micropreemie with necrotizing fasciitis.  The infant's birth weight was only 800 g.  In addition to visiting this article, you will also want to check out our topical collections for additional articles on Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Pediatric WOC Care.