"When a WOCNCB® certified nurse walks in the room, good things happen."
I was told this by a very wise colleague several years ago, and it has seared into my conscience ever since. The academic rigor, discipline and reliance on evidenced based practice (vs. anecdotal teachings) as well as the integrated clinical hours needed to be eligible and successfully pass certification are well recognized. These criteria set the highest standard for the WOC nursing specialty. As specialty nurses certified through the WOCNCB®, we have a distinctive skill set tailored to meet our unique patients', community and institutional needs.
Whether that clinical scenario involves wounds (or their prevention), new fecal or urinary diversions (or both), the challenges of maintaining continence and skin integrity as well as promoting foot health, each specialty certification advances patient safety. Our certified specialty practice merges the art and science of healing, patient and staff education and a commitment to serving that embodies the nursing profession.
As nursing professionals, we have a role obligation to contemplate our work-related activities. Many of us can harken back to a time when we were challenged with a complex clinical case where we may have felt overwhelmed. Some of us may have even looked over our shoulders and wondered if they hired the right person. But, relying on our training, our clinical references and discussing with our fellow cohorts, we followed the principles we were taught. And, more often than not, I would bet improved outcomes prevailed!
When presented with challenges, we have to move beyond our comfort zone to reach an attitude and commitment of professional can-do. And, this is what makes good things happen when a WOCNCB® certified nurse enters a room.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th US President, approaching challenges can be seen in the quote below. It refers to the Wild West times of the late 19th century when he was raising cattle in the Dakota Territory, prior to him becoming president.
"There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to 'mean' horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid."
Cathy L. Reimanis, DNP, MS, CNS, ANP-BC, CWOCN
2016 EMPLOYER RECOGNITION AWARD
Congratulations Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS)
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is the recepient of the 2016 Employer Recognition Award winner! This award is given annually to honor an organization that has demonstrated exemplary support of the certification process in WOC nursing. Chosen from 12 candidates, ARHS, located in Boone, North Carolina, displays encouragement of advancement to all nurses within the organization seeking national specialty certification. The award was presented in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Palais des congres de Montreal Convention Center as part of the 2016 WOCN® Society & CAET Joint Conference. Click here to learn more about the award and winners.
2016 WOCN SOCIETY & CAET JOINT CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Congratulations to these WOCNCB Certified for hitting the 30-Year Continuous Certification Mark in 2016!
Mona M. Baharestani
To view the list of previously WOCNCB 30-year continuous certifications since 2013 click here.
Over 1000 Nurses Successfully Certified and Recertified in 6 Months!
We are proud that each of these nurses has chosen to certify with the WOCNCB®, The Gold Standard for Certification®. Over 1000 nurses successfully certified or recertified between January 1 and June 30, 2016. Click here to view all recently certified and recertified certificants. Congratulations!
NEW! WTA-C - Limited $100 Discount Offer
For a limited time, now until December 31, 2016 current or expired Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) course of completion will be accepted for the WTA-C WOCNCB® Certification eligibility requirement. Starting January 1, 2017 only current WOCN certificates of course completion will be accepted.
Take advantage of a limited $100 exam fee rebate today! Click here for more details.
Listen to Radio MD Interviews by Mary Gloeckner and Lois Fink
Mary Gloeckner MS, RN, CWON, APN discusses post-ostomy continuing care and the range of topics and guidance provided by a specialized CWON nurse. Listen here.
Lois Fink shares her personal story of the care and support she received from nurses after her ostomy surgery. Listen here.
Read Article by Gaylene Montez: A Day in a Life of a Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care Nurse
Gaylene Montez CWOCN, CFCN writes about her role as a Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care Nurse for US News and World Report.
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