Greetings to all of the WOCNCB®-certified nurses and our nursing cohort aspiring to be Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care certified. It is with much pride in our certified subspecialty and commitment to our continued achievements that I introduce myself as the WOCNCB® President for the next few years. Thank you all for this opportunity to enhance the legacy and high-level recognition of the WOCNCB® certifications. I, along with our WOCNCB® Board members, remain thrilled to work for you and our certification.
The WOCNCB® Board of Directors continues to scan the horizons of our health care landscape looking for opportunities where the WOCNCB® Certified nurse can shine. We know the diligence and commitment to patient safety and disease self-management you have achieved through WOCNCB® certification. As your career grows, I hope you will consider volunteering for the WOCNCB®; the rewards and networking are priceless.
Letter from Laurie
On December 31st, 2015 I moved from being President of the WOCNCB® into my year long term as Immediate-Past President. I would like to share a few things I learned throughout my time in a leadership role. The WOCNCB® offers high quality exams that are tough but fair. There is a reason each exam is so tough. The certification exams validate knowledge needed to function safely as an entry-level wound, ostomy and/or continence nurse. The entry-level wound, ostomy and continence certifications are accredited by both the NCCA and ABSNC. Accreditation is what sets the certifications offered by the WOCNCB® apart from other credentialing organizations.
What does accreditation mean? The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) defines accreditation as the process by which a credentialing program is evaluated against defined standards by a third party. When in compliance with these standards, it is awarded recognition. In the case of the WOCNCB®, one of the third parties is the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). To help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public, ICE created its accrediting body, the NCCA in 1987. Certification programs (organizations that assess professional competence) that receive NCCA accreditation demonstrate compliance with its Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs developed by the industry.
The other third party that accredits the WOCNCB® is the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). The ABSNC is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. Accreditation by this organization is a peer-review mechanism that reflects the WOCNCB® has demonstrated compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry.
Many think the WOCNCB® and the WOCN Society are one and the same. Accreditation standards require that an organization’s certification and membership functions be autonomous. The WOCNCB® and the WOCN Society are separate and autonomous organizations. The WOCNCB® certifies many of the members of the WOCN Society; the Society provides resources to support the nursing specialties of wound, ostomy and continence care such as developing continuing education for its members.
Laurie L. Ellefson, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
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Thank you WOCNCB® 2015 Volunteers!
WOCNCB® is thankful for all those who donate their time to board or committee service. There are so many that contribute to the success of this organization. We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to those volunteers whose service ended in 2015
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