For more than 30 years, over 8,100 dedicated nurses have chosen to certify in wound, ostomy, continence and foot care nursing through the WOCNCB. Certification provides validation of specialized knowledge, skills and expertise of an experienced nurse. The WOCNCB adheres to strict standards of quality and is a nationally certified organization. The WOCNCB's certifications meet the accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). The WOCNCB certification protects the public from unsafe and incompetent providers, provides consumers more options when choosing health care providers, and distinguishes the healthcare facility and administrators by providing expertise in wound, ostomy, continence and foot care.
The following checklist meets the certification criteria for the WOCNCB. Take a moment to evaluate the value of your certification by answering the following questions:
- Is the credentialing organization accredited by an independent, national certifying body?
- Was a job analysis or role delineation study performed?
- Is the examination created by an individual or a committee of content experts?
- Does the certifying organization’s mission agree with the mission of your work environment?
- Does the certifying organization provide self-assessment (or practice) to measure your professional knowledge and prepare you for the actual credentialing exam? [It must not teach the answers to the test]
- Does the certifying organization require that the coursework be completed by an outside, accredited program focusing on wound, ostomy and/or continence?
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