Board Certification: Why Certify?
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, periodic evaluations of a nurse’s current professional knowledge and skills.
WOCNCB certified nurses are key health care team members who
- accurately assess patients and provide critical documentation
- implement cost-effective, evidence-based plans of care
- guide selection and use of cost-effective DME goods and pharmaceutical formularies
- provide comprehensive education to medical, nursing and ancillary staff
- train, coach and advocate for patients and families
- develop strategies to prevent complications
A survey conducted by the American Board of Nursing Specialties reports that:
- Certification is perceived as influencing accountability, accomplishment, growth, and specialized knowledge, as well as a level of recognition among employers, peers, and consumers.
- Nurse managers expressed a preference for hiring certified nurses because certified nurses have a proven knowledge base and documented experience in a given specialty.
Join nearly 6,700 highly-skilled nurses who are dedicated to improving patient safety and outcomes in wound, ostomy, continence and foot care.
Value of Specialty Certification
The WOCNCB is a member of and accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). In order that ABNS support its mission, they undertook a strategic plan that focused on promoting the value of specialty nursing certification. Click here to read the white paper and executive summary of their research.