President's Message

2015 has been a busy and exciting year for me as I work through the second half of my term as President. Most recently on the agenda for the Board of Directors was the election. On July 1st, you received an email alerting you that the election was open. We had a field of six excellent candidates! Thank you for voting and taking advantage of this opportunity to shape the future of the WOCNCB Board. It was exciting to witness the quality candidates on the slate for election. Elections for me are a happy/sad event. Welcoming new members to the Board means we will be saying goodbye to a valued current Board member. In this case, we will say goodbye to Andrea Montgomery-Kylie (Hawaii). Andrea has been very active with the Experiential Pathway Committee and candidates. Her can do attitude will be missed.

In April, the Board worked with a facilitator to develop a new strategic plan. The outcome of this project brought about updated Vision and Mission statements. The Board also thought it was important to define the core values reflected in our vision and mission.

Vision: Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care Nurses at all practice levels are WOCNCB certified.

Mission: WOCNCB is committed to safe, patient-centered care by maintaining the Gold Standard in wound, ostomy, continence and foot care nursing certification.

Core Values:

1. Patient Safety – emphasis on elimination of preventable harm; achieve the best patient outcomes through evidence-based practice.
2. Service & Support – active work that is done for others.
3. Stewardship - an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources.
4. Visionary - thinking about the future with imagination.
5. Transparency – free flow of information.

Later this year, we will be offering a certification for those that have completed the training program for Wound Treatment Associate. The WTA-C is a collaborative wound care team member, and the role has been designed to support and contribute to the wound care nursing practice with skills commensurate with the education level and defined by each state’s Board of Nursing Scope of Practice. The WTA-C professional practice is guided by the CWOCN/CWCN/CWON (AP) clinician or the licensed independent practitioner (MD, NP and/or PA). Registration is now open, if you know of anyone who may be interested in this certification there is a $100 rebate being offered through February 29th, 2016. Go to for additional information.

I look forward to observing the activities of the various committees. I know the remainder of the year shows lots of promise. We continue to search for volunteers please see later in this newsletter for specific requests

- Laurie Ellefson, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

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  • See WOCNCB Board Member, Lois Fink's article featured in US News and World Report!
  • Lois was also a recent guest on RadioMD, providing her experience and insight on Crohn's Disease and the benefits of Ostomy Surgery. Listen Now

Her passion and advocacy will help to open new doors in bringing these treatment options to the forefront.

Do you have some exciting news within the field to share? Let the WOCNCB staff know!


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Awards Spotlight

2015 Board Election Results

Thank you to all who voted for this year's WOCNCB Board! The results are in, and we congratulate our newest Board Members and look forward to your contributions in 2016!

Kathy Kump

Kathy currently works as the Director of Nursing and Associate Professor of Nursing at Ottawa University at Overland Park, KS. She has nearly 18 years of inpatient and outpatient clinical, managerial, and program development experience in wound care.

Michael Kingman

Michael is currently a Nurse Practitioner with Genesis Physician Services in Salisbury, MD. Micheal has more than 16 years of experience within the acute care setting, and brings advanced practice skills and leadership and a focus of using the latest in evidence-based practices.

Employer Recognition Award

The Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board proudly welcomes Floyd Medical Center to the renowned list of Employer Recognition Award winners! This award is given annually to honor an organization that has demonstrated exemplary support of the certification process in WOC nursing. Chosen from 23 candidates, the Center, located in Rome Georgia, displays encouragement of advancement to all nurses within the organization seeking national specialty certification. 

Floyd Medical is acclaimed by their nurses for its continued drive for innovation and growth. Most notably, the center has developed its own preventative foot clinic. With Nurse Practitioners at the helm, this clinic has yielded valuable data, which has been featured at various conferences. Given its success within this addition, the Center is also looking to incorporate an ostomy clinic as well for the continued benefit of area patients.

Additional support is given to each of its WOC nurses in the form of financial assistance in order for them to attend one WOCN educational conference per year. These employees also receive reimbursement for membership dues to the organization, sponsoring professional growth for those pursuing specialized networking opportunities.
The staff reflects a comprehensive roster of professionals, including CWOCN’s, CWCN-AP and CFCN’s. Some of these individuals offer both their time and experienced knowledge by serving on the WOCNCB Foot Exam, and Advance Practice Exam Committees.

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Certifiable Faces

Congratulations to these WOCNCB Certified for hitting the 30-Year Continuous Certification Mark in 2015!

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Helping Hands

Ostomy Flash Cards are now available!
Following in the same format as the  Wound series, each set is only $44.95 and contains just over 200 questions developed from the Ostomy Exam Content Outline.

These cards may be ordered here!



Item writers for the Wound Treatment Associate Certification (WTA-C) are being sought immediately, to be eligible for this opportunity you must have a current CWCN®, CWCN-AP®, or CWOCN®, CWOCN-AP®. Time requirements include online work and a face to face meeting in mid-September. Please email us at if interested or if you would like additional information by August 14, 2015. (Project end date November 2015)

Now that we have official WOCNCB® Wound and Ostomy cards, it’s now on to the Continence cards!! We are recruiting volunteers for writing the continence flashcards. To be eligible you must have a current CCCN®, CCCN-AP® or a CWOCN®, CWOCN-AP®. Time requirements include conference calls and (1) face to face meeting. Please email us at if interested or if you would like additional information by August 14, 2015. (Project end date August 2016)

Wound Treatment Associate Certification (WTA-C)
Registration is now open for the WTA-C exam. Testing begins in November, encourage a peer to sign up today!!

Special Introductory Offer - $100 Rebate (expires 2/29/16)

Do we have your most recent contact information?
We know that alot can happen in five years. We also want to hear from you and make sure we stay up date! Email us and let us know of any changes to your membership information, and we will be happy to make the update for you! 

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Important Dates to Remember

Trade Shows

  • SAWC - September 26 -28, Las Vegas, NV, Booth 619

  • ANCC - October 7 - 9, Atlanta, GA, Booth 1314

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Find what suits your certifiable style all while taking some time off of your feet. Visit to view the entire collection!

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