The full scope WOCNCB® certified nurse wears this nationally recognized CWOCN credential with pride. Tri-certification shows an extraordinary commitment to the holistic care of patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. This full scope credential is unique; no other certification agency offers the 3 linked specialties. Unfortunately, a trend is now noticeable, tri-certified nurses are dropping their continence certification. Many have cited the example that they do not “do” continence and fear they can no longer pass the continence exam or have enough required activities to use in their professional growth portfolio. I urge you not to give up your Continence Certification; because “You Do Do Continence” (excuse the pun). Continence nursing is an integral part of wound and ostomy nursing care. Sometimes continence nursing is as simple as good skin protection and other times, it involves assessing and eliminating reversible causes that prevent wounds from healing. No matter what the problem, the tri-certified nurse always wears the continence “hat” and remains ever vigilant of the continence needs of patients.
Go to Full Text of this Article