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

Congratulations!  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 printed 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.  While you to visit all of the features, here are a few that have significant impact on the full scope of WOC nurse practice.

The PAP article titled Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients Living With Enterocutaneous Fistulas Community-Dwelling Persons is the result of a quantitative and qualitative study byJo Hoeflok, Melodie Jarmillo, Tin Li, and Nancy Baxter measuring life satisfaction, work and social functioning, body image, financial concerns and skin irritation in community-dwelling patients with enterocutaneous fistulas.  WOC nurses caring for ECFs already know many of the challenges, but this must read article furthers our understanding of the patent experience.

This edition features an article focusing on current best evidence, best practices, and their application to a skin care algorithm that can be used in multiple health care settings.  In the article titled Evidence-Based Skin Care: A Systematic Literature Review and the Development of a Basic Skin Care Algorithim, the authors share the results of their systematic literature review as the basis for a basic skin care algorithm, resulting in standardized skin care and a reduction in the number of skin care products.  This is a must read feature for any WOC nurse seeking to elevate skin care from a basic hygiene task to a preventive intervention essential for care in our increasingly prevention-driven health care system.

Every WOC nurse involved in pressure ulcer prevention has likely heard about the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's efforts at establishing a common language for support surfaces, standardizing tests for evaluating characteristics and features of these surfaces and developing methods for evaluating their effectiveness.  The article Standardizing Support Surface Testing and Reporting: A National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's Executive Summary gives the outcome of their ground-breaking task.


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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Featured Video

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,

Getting Ready for Certification

This edition's Getting Ready for Certification Feature highlights the common and undereported problem of fecal incontinence.  Test yourself on this cognitive recall question.

When is the best time to schedule toileting for bowel retraining?

A.   In the morning before breakfast

B.   Before bed

C.   Only when the patient has a strong urge

D.   Before meals

For the correct answer to this question along with other sample questions with refernces, follow this link.  For additional test questions, your will want to visit our Topical Collection on Getting Ready for Continence Certification.


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 Fistuloclysis: An Interprofessional Approach to Nourishing the Fistula Patient by Kate Willcutts, David Mercer, and Jane Ziegler.  One of the greatest challenges facing WOC nursing practice is ensuring adequate nutrition to a person with a devstating injury to the gastrointestinal tract.  You will want to read this cutting-edge case study, typical of the Clinical Challenges feature.