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

This issue features the long-awaited results of the WOCN Society's initiative to develop an evidence and consensus-based algorithm on support surface selection for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.  The document has undergone vigorous content validation by a world-class group of clinicians. Laurie McNichol, Carolyn Watts, Dianne Mackey, Janice Beitz and Mikel Gray summarize the process leading to an algotithm for support surface selection in the article Identifying the Right Surface for the Right Patient at the Right Time: Generation and Content Validation of an Algorithm for Supprot Surface Selection.  This is a must read for anyone involved in any aspect of patient safety initiatives on pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.

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

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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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Getting Ready for Certification

This edition's Getting Ready for Certification feature highlights neuopathic wounds. Test yourself with this question:

Neuropathic ulcers are caused by:

a.  Venous insufficiency

b.  Out of control blood sugars

c.  Inadequate perfusion

d.  Repetitive painless trauma

For the correct answer along with a rationale and references, follow this link

For other sample questions, visit the Topical Collection on Getting Ready for Wound Care 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 of classic peristomal pyoderma gangrenosa taken from the Challenges in Practice article by Kosuke Ishikawa, Toshiyuki Minamimoto, Takeo Mizuki and Hiroshi titled Surgical Management of Extensive Peristomal Pyoderma Gangrenosum Associated With Colon Cancer.  Pyoderma gangrenosum is a difficult skin manifestation to treat.  Location near a fecal ostomy further complicates management by exposing the ulcers to fecal contamination and the repeated trauma of frequent pouch changes.  The case study described here successfully treats the condition with skin grafting and negative pressure wound therapy.