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This special joint issue of Advances in Skin & Wound Care and Nursing Management was designed as a practical resource for both healthcare leaders and clinicians. Using an evidence-based approach, the authors discuss complex topics of great concern to the global healthcare community.


In "Building a Business Case for Hiring Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses" and "Who Should Assess and Stage Pressure Injuries in Hospitalized Patients?" the authors address the cost of wound care, prudent use of resources, and a business case for investment in wound care nurse specialists' expertise. They raise important questions about long-debated and controversial topics, including who should stage pressure injuries and whether staging is even necessary.


Other "how-to" articles discuss starting and growing essential programs. "A Patient Navigation Model to Improve Complex Wound Care Outcomes" demonstrates that minimal changes in home care improved or healed previously unhealable wounds through community-based, interprofessional teamwork; continuity; and patient-centered care coordination. In "Capturing Essentials in Wound Photography Past, Present, and Future: A Proposed Algorithm for Standardization," Chiu and colleagues present the technologic, scientific, artistic, and legal concerns of using photography in wound care. "Seven Strategies for Optimizing End-of-Life Skin and Wound Care" is an important read for all who care for patients and loved ones at end of life. It provides guidelines on individualizing goals of care and staff education. "Creating a Comprehensive Hospital-Based Skin and Wound Care Program to Improve Outcomes and Decrease Pressure Injuries" details my journey in designing, implementing, and leading an interprofessional program resulting in significant improvements in care and fewer pressure injuries.


This issue highlights the imperative for interprofessional clinical and administrative collaboration to provide cost-effective care and optimize outcomes. Resources are key: time, money, and people. Evidence-based strategic planning requires flexibility and inclusion, involving all stakeholders (including frontline staff) in decision-making and resource allocation.


Experts, providers, and leaders must create an environment that not only establishes policies and standards but also gives those in direct care the evidence-based tools to effectively do their jobs. In a 2020 study on shared governance, Olender et al1 found that the most important factor to improve caring and outcomes was staff empowerment. In wound care, staff empowerment comprises a formal structure to give interprofessional staff a voice in shared decision-making, including selection and use of evidence-based products and equipment; nurse, physician, and allied health wound specialists to consult, assess, classify, and guide care; the needed products, supplies, and equipment available across the continuum of care; and patient-centered, practical home care models.


Healthcare systems and policymakers must break the bureaucratic paralysis and culture of blame that often create the biggest barriers to change and improvements. Today, many healthcare systems are large, billion-dollar, multifacility enterprises. Decisions must be informed by and made in concert with those on the frontlines of care. As clinicians and administrative leaders, we need to commit to using research and evidence, empowering staff, fostering interprofessional collaboration, evaluating the outcomes, and sharing the findings.


This joint issue is a first for both journals. Special thanks to the publishers and editors for their vision in creating this collaborative issue; to the authors for their knowledge translation; and to the readers, both clinical and administrative, whose partnership can empower staff, streamline systems, and create cost-effective, quality skin and wound care.


As the Guest Editor for this special issue, I built on my unique experiences as a seasoned chief nurse executive, hospital director, clinical nurse specialist, researcher, professor, graduate of the University of Toronto's International Interprofessional Wound Care Course, and leader on nursing association and editorial boards, to bring together interprofessional topics, authors, and manuscripts. I hope readers find this special joint issue interesting and valuable in their practice and policymaking.


Kathleen Leask Capitulo, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNYAM, IIWCC, FACCE, C-CNS




1. Olender L, Capitulo K, Nelson J. The impact of interprofessional shared governance and a caring professional practice model on staff's self-report of caring, workplace engagement, and workplace empowerment over time. J Nurs Adm 2020;50(1):52-8. [Context Link]

Thank You


In celebration of Peer Review Week (September 19-23, 2022), the editorial team of Advances in Skin & Wound Care would like to thank the following experts who reviewed manuscripts for the journal from August 2021 to July 2022:


Afsaneh Alavi


Johnny Alayon


Jenny Alderden


Alexis Aningalan


Sue Arford


Sandra Arias-Guzman


Miguel Aristizabal


Sharon A. Aronovitch


Muhammad Shahzad Aslam


Michael A. Bain


Sharon Baranoski


Paula Barbel


Bruna Ferreira Barreto Pires


Pelin Basim


Karen Lynn Bauer


JoAnn Beaudoin


Tone Kristin Bergersen


Nancy Bergstrom


Christine Berke


Dan R. Berlowitz


Joyce M. Black


Kathryn Anne Blair


Gregory Bohn


Scott Bolhack


Laura L. Bolton


Dottie Borton


Mary R. Brennan


Zara R. Brenner


David M. Brienza


Thureiyya Browne-Rodriquez


Maureen Bruce


Cezar Buzea


Evan Call


Karen Campbell


Virginia Capasso


Kathleen Leask Capitulo


Michael L. Casteel


Laurent Olivier Chabal


Norman J. Chideckel


Ernest S. Chiu


Elizabeth Ruth Choudhry


Andy S. Chu


Windy Cole


Kara Couch


Linda Cowan


Jill Cox


Lillian Craig


Alison Crawshaw


Kim Cudjoe


Lizanne Dalgleish


George A. Deitrick


Barbara Delmore


Michelle Ann Deppisch


Susan Dieter


Neil Donohue


Amr Elbatawy


Patricia Facquet


Nancy Ann Faller


Elizabeth Faust


Mark Feldman


Caroline Fife


Anika Fourie


Kathleen Francis


Harold Friedman


Michael E. Fusaro


Susan E. Gabriel


Diana Gallagher


Shravan Gangula


Susan L. Garber


Amit Gefen


Sylvia Lariza Gonzalez


Laurie Goodman


Sandeep Gopalakrishnan


Scott Gorenstein


Subhas Gupta


Corey Heerschap


Michel H. E. Hermans


Denise Hibbert


Susan D. Horn


Elizabeth Igboechi


Adam Lee Isaac


Abram Daved Janis


Liping Jiang


Jonathan Johnson


Steven J. Kavros


Karen S. Kellogg


Susan Kennerly


Mary Knudtson


Chaitanya Kodange


Bharat Kotru


Michael J. Lacqua


Diane K. Langemo


Tatiana Lapa


Irene Lara-Corrales


Kimberly LeBlanc


Sarah Lebovits


Kyle O. Lee


Jeffrey Levine


Brock Liden


Mary Demarest Litchford


Ebony Love


Vincent Maida


James Booth McGuire


Igor Melnychuk


Kwadwo Mponponsuo


Nancy Munoz


Rose Murphree


Christine Anne Murphy


Ann Marie Nie


Jeffrey Niezgoda


Linda Norton


Laurie Parsons


Barbara Pieper


Mary Ellen Posthauer


Jenny Prentice


Magdalena Pupiales


Rosanne Raso


Haitham Salem


Shawn Sanicola


Kathleen D. Schaum


Gregory Schultz


Thomas Serena


Sandeep Kumar Shukla


Cathryn Sibbald


Robert Skerker


Hiske Smart


Karen Marguerite Smith


Linda S. Smith


Ranjani Somayaji


Stephen Sprigle


James Bowen Stiehl


Arthur Stone


Nancy Stotts


Gulnaz Tariq


Margaret Teu


Wasiq Ahmad Thiryayi


Ismail Toygar


Jill Trelease


Marlene Varga


Stacy Elizabeth Wahl


Barbara Wyand Walker


Dee Anne Waugh


Julie Weng


Jeffrey Male Wienke


Kevin Woo


Annette Wysocki


Saldy Yusuf


Karen M. Zulkowski