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
Impact Factor: 0.969; 5 Year IF - 1.206
From the Editor

​​​​​​​​A quick glance at the web page and you will immediately notice that the Journal has a fresh new look.  This exciting redesign of JWOCN retains all of the critical elements you demand of your Journal, cutting edge platform articles in wound, ostomy and continence nursing, all the latest in professional practice issues contained in our regular feature articles, and innovative case studies in our Clinical Challenges.

However, the changes apply to more than the cover.  I am also pleased to announce changes in our Editorial Board. Deputy Editor Dorothy Doughty is retiring from the Board after more than 15 years of service.  Dorothy's contributions to the Journal are immeasurable; they have profoundly improved our effectiveness as a resource for readers, and our efficacy in attracring the top authors on WOC related topics.


Dr. Joyce Pittman has agreed to serve as the new Deputy Editor.  Because of the unprecendented growth in the Journal in recent years, her privotal position within a growing Editorial Board is more important than ever, and Joy is just the person to bring a new level of excellence to the Journal.  Joy's name is familiar to every WOCN Society member as she has served as the National Conference Planning Committee Chair and she is a prolific author.

Within my tenture as Editor, I have seen the annual number of submitted manuscripts grow from 50 per year to approximately 175 per year. Each of these papers represents hard work and investment on the part of one or multiple authors and each is given the attention that it deserves.  This attention begins with the assignment of Peer reviewers who provide expert opinion concerning whether the topic of the manuscript fits with the Journal's mission, its clinical and scholarly merit, its potential contribution to WOC care and its priority for publication.  Each manuscript and Peer reviewer input is then forwarded to the appropriate Section Editor, who adds her own expert opinion and forwards the manuscript to the Editor for an initial decision.  At this point, all comments get embedded into the manuscript for author feedback.  Upon reecipt of the revised manuscript, the paper is again reviewed to ensure that all revisions have been completed.  Final edits are made if necessary for publication, and the manuscripts moves into a now robust group of manuscripts awaiting publication.  This process is extensive and arduous, but is essential to ensure the higest quality for the Journal.

Because of this tremendous growth in the volume of manuscripts, I have appointed two stellar professionals to act as a Wound Section Editor team.  Professor Teresa Kelechi is known to any WOC nurse as a prolific researcher, productive author, skilled clinician and mentor.  She has written extensively in the area of lower extremity wounds.  Her colleague is Wound Section Editor Dr. Dea Kent, who is also well known within the WOC nursing community.  She is an experienced leader within the Society, and is also an experienced researcher and author.  Together this team provides the experience and skills to provide a new level of excellence to the world's premiere publication for WOC specialty practice nursing.


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

To find out more about the journal's new look, please click here.                                            

WOCN® 2016 Conference Highlights


The JWOCN redesign relaunch at conference was a met with much enthusiasm! Thank you to all that stopped by the booth to discuss and meet with our editorial team. Please see the links below for more JWOCN content.

Click here to see our new collection featuring speakers at the 2016 WOCN Joint Conference.

Click here to see the Scientific and Clinical Abstracts From the 2016 WOCN® Society & CAET Joint Conference

 Click here for our video on the journal's new look.


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Special Supplements

Review of 2012 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice
Nov/Dec 2013
Review of 2012 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice
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Review of 2011 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice
July/August 2012
Review of 2011 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice
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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


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:

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society


Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN)

Please watch this video to learn more about our new look!

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 this edition, The Road to Recertification​ provides a summary of the options available to the WOCNCBB certified nurse looking to recertifiy.  The route to recertification by examination is compared to the route to recertification by use of the Professional Growth Program(PGP).  All WOCNCB certified nurses should carefully evaluate both routes to see which option is best for them.  

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.

Image of the Month

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The Image of the Month is taken from the Challenges in Practice feature.  The article titled Preventing Facial Pressure Ulcers in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome​ discusses 4 case studies of patients with ARDS involving therapeutic prone positioning to improve oxygenation.  Unfortunately this intervention increase the risk of medical device-related pressure ulcers in the facial area.  The authors suggest the prophylactic use of silicone foam dressings to decrease facial pressure ulcers secondary to pressure from the proning frame and the endotracheal tube in this critically ill patient population.