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Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care

2018 Update

Berke, Christine; Conley, Mary Jo; Netsch, Deb; Franklin, Lynette; Goodman, Eric; Shephard, Cindy; Thompson, Donna

Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing: May/June 2019 - Volume 46 - Issue 3 - p 221–225
doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000529
Continence Care
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The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society believes the tri-specialty certified nurse (Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse [CWOCN]) or advanced practice tri-specialty certified nurse (Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse-Advanced Practice [CWOCN-AP]) possesses unique knowledge, expertise for assessment, and first-line management of incontinence as well as for prevention of incontinence. The CWOCN or CWOCN-AP provides care and consultation in the treatment of potential and actual skin complications through absorption, and containment, in persons with urinary, fecal, or dual incontinence. This executive summary describes the role of the CWOCN or CWOCN-AP in the delivery of continence care across care settings. The original statement is available at https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.wocn.org/resource/collection/6D79B935-1AA0-4791-886F-E361D29F152D/Role_of_Continence_Nurse__2018_.pdf.

Christine Berke, MSN, APRN-NP, CWOCN-AP, Nebraska Medicine, Omaha.

Mary Jo Conley, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey.

Deb Netsch, DNP, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN, Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia, Minnesota.

Lynette Franklin, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN, Emory HealthCare, Atlanta, Georgia.

Eric Goodman, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, CFCS, Home Health WOCRN, LLC, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Cindy Shephard, MSN, BA, RN, CWOCN, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Donna Thompson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CCCN-AP, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Christine Berke, MSN, APRN-NP, CWOCN-AP, Nebraska Medicine, 9881201 Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE 68198-1201 (cmtberke@gmail.com).

This study was carried out on behalf of the WOCN Society's Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care Task Force.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.