The Art and Science of Certified WOC/FC Care Nursing
The “MacGyver moment”. How many times have you “gone into the barn” to gather supplies in order to create or engineer wound care management solutions? What causes you to identify a compassionate nursing presence with a new ostomate is of the highest order. When does the mechanical questioning of a patient’s continence history switch into gentle storytelling of the patient’s story? How do you hold and cleanse a worn and callused foot? These are all examples of the art of Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOC) and Foot Care (FC) nursing in which we utilize our creative abilities to provide optimal patient care. I have no doubt we can each share a deeply resonating story embodying the unique gestalt of our nursing practice.
Certification through the WOCNCB® is centered upon the science of WOC/FC nursing. The applicant must be able to pass an evidenced-based didactic exam after meeting the educational and clinical requirements. Successful preparation requires a high degree of conceptual understanding, the application of specialty knowledge, some rote memorization, and the motivation and discipline to buckle down, ignore temptation and study. These qualities are attributed to a well-prepared nursing professional. Certification assesses entry-level specialty knowledge to promote and maintain patient safety.
Success and sustainability of professional nursing practice entails blending the art with the science. As our specialty practice develops, many of us may find ourselves catapulting from our comfort zone to a spot where a creative solution is necessary. The tension to release and expand may be due to a limited product formulary and a keen desire to find an easy wound care solution. Or it may be related to a sense the patient needs more than barrier change instructions to manage their ostomy. In 1860, when Florence Nightingale (1969) reflected on what it means to be a nurse, she wrote a nurse “must be a sound, and close, and quick observer; and she must be (a woman) of delicate and decent feeling.”
It is this bridge of sound nursing practice (through certification), observation (of the patient’s needs and situation complexity) and decency (of our shared humanity) I can comfortably say keeps me at the bedside. After becoming certified, what keeps you coming back? Share your story of certification and how it has propelled you to a more satisfying level of practice. The WOCNCB® would love to hear it! Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathryn L. Reimanis, DNP, MS, CNS, ANP-BC, CWOCN
Nightingale, F. (1969) Notes on Nursing: what it is and what it is not. p. 126. New York, New York: Dover Publications.
2017 Employer Recognition Award
Congratulations Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is the recipient of the 2017 Employer Recognition Award! This award is given annually to honor an organization that has demonstrated exemplary support of the certification process in WOC nursing. Chosen from numerous candidates, MUSC, located in Charleston, South Carolina, displays encouragement of advancement to all nurses within the organization seeking national specialty certification. The award was presented in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center as part of the 2017 WOCN® Society’s 49th Annual Conference.
2017 UOAA WOC NURSE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Congratulations Frances Wilson MSN, RN, CNS, CWOCN, CFCN
The award is given annually by the United Ostomy Association of America (UOAA) to an outstanding ostomy nurse who is nominated for recognition by the members of local ostomy support groups. The award will be presented during the UOAA Annual Conference in Irvine, CA.
Congratulations to these WOCNCB® Certified for hitting the 30-Year Continuous Certification Mark in 2017!
They join the ranks of individuals who hit the mark previously. To view the list of previously WOCNCB® 30-year continuous certifications since 2013 click here.
WOCN Society's 49th Annual Conference Highlights
WOCNCB® Employer Award recipients present at conference and representing MUSC: Valerie Kneece Harris, BSN, RN, CWCN, Glenda Brunette, MSN, RN, CWON,Phill Botham, MSN, RN, CWON, Lisa Stewart, BSN, RN, CWOCN and Rebecca Rothemich, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN.
WOCNCB® Certification highlighted in recent study
The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) recently published this study as an open-access article.
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