About Board Certification

Board Certification – what does it mean?

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) began certifying nurses in 1978 as a way to recognize and differentiate the value of expert nurses from those at an entry level. Becoming board certified is a voluntary process that requires consistent evaluations of a nurse's professional knowledge and skills. While a nurse who is not board certified may possess basic entry-level skills, he or she may not have the specialized skills and experience to adequately provide expert care. Board certification ensures that a nurse is knowledgeable and well-qualified to provide specialized care.

Board Certified Nurses

A nurse who is certified in wound, ostomy, continence or foot care will hold the following certification credentials: CWOCN®, CWCN®, COCN®, CCCN®, CWON®, or CFCN®.

Board certification demonstrates that a nurse has voluntarily sought validation of expert nursing knowledge. A board certified nurse has shown a personal commitment to quality care and sought a means of self-regulation in order to protect you - the consumer.

  • Clinical Experts
    Board certified nurses are required to complete many hours of classroom education and clinical experience.
  • Treatment Specialists
    Board certified nurses are required to participate in ongoing education programs, staying up-to-date on the most current techniques and products.
  • Health Educators
    Board certified nurses teach you about your health problems and how to best manage them. Educated patients can actively participate in their care, leading to quicker healing and increased comfort.
  • Experienced and Knowledgeable Professionals
    In summary, board certified nurses are experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are well prepared to take care of special needs.
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