Wound, Ostomy, and Continence

Wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing is a specialty focused on providing acute and rehabilitative care to people with gastrointestinal (GI), genitourinary (GU), and integumentary (skin) system wounds and disorders. WOC nurses manage abdominal stomas, wounds, fistulas, drains, pressure injuries, and continence disorders. Like other nursing specialties, a profession in WOC nursing requires an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology, keen assessment and monitoring skills, vast knowledge about GI, GU and skin diseases and conditions, and ongoing education related to recommended treatment options. WOC nurses work to prevent and manage pressure injuries, clean wounds, help ulcers, abscesses, and feeding tube sites heal, and develop wound treatment care plans. 

In this Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing library, we’ve assembled resources to help you provide the best care to your patients. Our Pocket Cards are quick, handy references to utilize when you are caring for a patient with a pressure injury, negative pressure wound therapy, incontinence or ostomy. Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your WOC nursing career. 

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