There are 2 gifts that a busy professional values above almost anything else. The first of those gifts is time, and a very close second is knowledge. This publication offers you both in one of the most valuable gifts that you will receive this year.
For the second time, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification Board and a team of WOCNCB certified nurses who volunteer on the Evidence Based Practice Committee bring you this stellar supplement: Review of the Evidence for WOC Nursing Practice—2009. This publication will provide you, a busy clinician, with a review of the articles that are shaping the evolving research base in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence care.
We all recognize the critical importance of maintaining a pulse on current research that shapes best practices. However, for many of us, keeping pace with the volume of published research is a daunting challenge that requires a personal investment of time, money, and critical analysis. Having key experts in wound, ostomy and continence care read, evaluate, and rate pertinent articles for inclusion in this supplement is a unique and valuable contribution to your professional practice.
The WOCNCB is proud to be able to offer you this publication again this year in both print and online formats. It is our goal to provide a compilation of new research that will offer you a streamlined, manageable way to identify articles that are critical to your practice and projects. By harnessing the information in this supplement, you will be able to use your knowledge to improve your practice, develop presentations, finalize projects, and positively impact the changing world of health care. By sharing your knowledge, you will be able to influence the practice of others and fulfill the role that each of us plays as leaders and change agents for optimal patient care through best practice models.
Please accept this valuable gift with our thanks for your own commitment to evidence-based practice. We hope the knowledge contained in this publication will be part of a continuum of giving as you share your expertise with your peers, your facilities, and your patients.
Diana L. Gallagher, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, CHT
WOCNCB Evidence Based Practice Committee
Chair: Jane A. Fellows, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Board Liaison: Patricia S. Collins, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CWOCN
Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN
Sharon C. Evans, RN, CWOCN
Margaret Falconio-West, BSN, RN, APN/CNS, CWOCN, DAPWCA
Katherine N. Moore, PhD, RN, CCCN