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.
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.