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

Based on the popular demand from experts in the specialized field of wound, ostomy and continence nursing, I am pleased to announce that this issue marks the return of our Evidence-Based Report Card feature.  This must-read article answers the question, does colostomy irrigation improve bowel elimination function and health-related quality of life, and is available at this link.

This edition also features two studies that will be important to clinicians involved in the prevention of pressure ulcers, particularly in the acute inpatient setting.  Joan Webster and colleagues examine the incidence of surgically acquired pressure ulcers in their article Incidence and Risk factors for Surgically Acquired Pressure Ulcers: A Prospective Cohort Study Investigators.  Joyce Pittman and colleagues use an innovative approach in developing a position statement for medical device-related pressure ulcer identification and management in their article available at this link.

The Journal's Published Ahead of Print (PAP) features two important position statements developed by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society in collaboration with The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American Urological Association.  These position statements support the imporatnce of marking the optimal stoma location preoperatively and serve as a guide to clinicians who have not been educated in the intracacies of selecting an effective stoma site location. The statement for fecal stoma siting is available at this link.  The statement for urinary stoma siting is available here.

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


Please note the change in address for our JWOCN Managing Editor:

Gary Mawyer, Managing Editor


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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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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,

Self-Assessment Review

This edition's continuing education feature discusses the important topic of medical device-related pressure ulcers.  Test your knowledge  of this topic by answering the following questions.

Where do medical device-related hospital acquired pressure ulcers develop?

A.  on mucosal membranes

B.  over bony prominences

C.  under areas of impaired circulation


Medical device-related pressure ulcers are difficult to prevent because they are:

A.  complex

B.  necessary for treatment

C.  not defined


For the correct answers along with a rationale and references, 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 Bilateral Gluteal Ischemic Necrosis Mistaken for Stage IV Pressure Wound: Case Report and Discussion by Richard Simman and David Reynolds.  Their article supports the assumption that the identification and diagnosis of skin injuries, such as pressure ulcers, can be challenging often because of the lack of diagnostic tools.  When a diagnosed pressure ulcer fails to improve in spite of appropriate treatment in a patient with underlying vascular disease, their case supports the need for further investigation as to the true etiology of the wound.  Their article provides the cutting edge clinical observations you encounter when called upon to manage the most challenging chronic wounds in your daily practice.