The WOCN Society has deemed April 10-16, 2016 as Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Week. This provides us a special opportunity to recognize this group of specialized nurses for the services they provide to millions of patients who suffer from non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence.
The theme this year is WOC Nurses Hold All the Cards as educators, researchers, decision makers and clinical experts. Their care garners ongoing praise from patients and employers. And research supports that agencies with WOC nurses have significantly better clinical outcomes. They use expert clinical skills while faciltating cost containment, improving revenues and ensuring regulatory compliance in all practice settings.
WOC nursing is one of the few specialties recognized by the American Nurses Association for their unique scope and standards of practice, adhering to the high standards cultivated by the ANA. As the Journal of the Society, let me add my voice of appreciation and pride for their contributions.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN