The Power of 3

As healthcare spending in Canada continues to climb, pressure on healthcare administrators to deliver cost-efficient care is intensifying—and policymakers are ever-more focused on ensuring quality and system sustainability. Wound, ostomy and continence challenges are common across all Canadian healthcare settings—and their management places a financial burden on the healthcare system. Registered Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOCs) can help alleviate the financial strain facing administrators and policymakers through the provision of higher quality care, reduced costs and improved outcomes for patients.

Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOCs) are registered nurses trained specifically to design and implement meticulous, evidence-informed care plans for patients with wound, ostomy and continence challenges. NSWOCs contribute to care effectiveness and cost-efficiency through:

  • Leadership on interdisciplinary healthcare teams, promoting current, evidence-informed methods and cost-efficient care decisions to resolve wound, ostomy and continence challenges
  • Use of advanced and specialized approaches to guide the assessment, treatment and/or management of wound, ostomy and continence challenges
  • Education of patients and their families to improve self-engagement and informed care
  • Contributions to research including guidelines and policies, products and priority areas for future research

The combination of these practices leads to higher-quality care, lower costs and better outcomes for patients.

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Formally known as the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy

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National Conference

Enhance your clinical knowledge, build leadership skills and learn the latest advances in wound, ostomy & continence issues while meeting new colleagues to share best practice. Plenary, concurrent and workshop education sessions will provide you with the opportunity to learn from top  experts in the field relating to all patient populations and practice settings. This is a good way to earn continuous learning hours to apply to C.N.A Certification WOCC(C)

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Looking for continuous learning in wound, ostomy and continence issues through exposure to National experts focused on interesting topics? Participate in a NSWOC Webinar and grow your knowledge through the interactive elements in the ability to give, receive and discuss information in real-time or to view at your convenience in the Webinar Library.

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute

Want to become a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continece or develop your knowledge in wound, ostomy & continence care? The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute offers online continuing education for Registered Nurses and allied health professionals managing patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence offering two educational streams:

  1. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)
  2. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute Skin Health Program
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Registering as an NSWOCC Member gives you discounts on the annual national NSWOCC conference & the JWOCN, 3 issues of the NSWOCC Official Journal The Link, access to the NSWOCC Members discussion forum to share best practice with colleagues, participation in the “Find an NSWOC Program, access to NSWOCC E Blasts of the latest information, leadership opportunities and more…………..

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Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence maximize patient/family self-care through one to one education and consultation. They collaborate with  inter-disciplinary team members to promote excellence in care by exercising evidence-based and innovative best practice

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THE LINK is the official publication of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada. It is mailed to NSWOCC Members & Associates three times a year in March, July and December. It is a useful communication tool to keep you informed about NSWOCC Regional News and the work of the association and to support the advancement of nursing in wound, ostomy and continence.


The International Skin Tear Advisory Panel


The International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) was formed to raise international awareness of the prediction, assessment, prevention, and management of skin tears. The ISTAP Panel includes a broad range of healthcare professionals representing: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, and Africa.

ISTAP Website

Celebrating nurses in the tri-specialty of wound, ostomy and continence

During NSWOC Week, April 16-20, NSWOCC recognizes NSWOC nurses for the services they provide to more than one million patients who suffer from wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence.

The goal of NSWOC week is to celebrate the work Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence do for their patients, their workplaces and their communities every day.

NSWOCC believes that the right choice to care for patients with wound, ostomy and continence needs are baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who have completed a World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) recognized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program such as the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP) and the NSWOCC recommends that all nurses who have completed this education program become certified through the Canadian Nurses Association (C.N.A) achieving a WOCC(C) designation. NSWOC Nurses are recognized as educators, advocates, champions, supporters, allies and resources.

Find our Videos from NSWOC week 2016 here:



NSWOC week 2017

Why join NSWOCC?

For close to four decades, only Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) has united the expertise of the registered nurses specialized in wound, ostomy & continence care community for the benefit of all Canadians. The NSWOCC offers Canadian Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence the opportunity to lead the development of an effective, nationwide approach to the specialized care of patients experiencing wound, ostomy and/or continence issues.

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Nurses in the tri-speciality of wound, ostomy and continence


Patients supported in Wound, Ostomy, Contenance


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During my 2 terms as a NSWOCC board member I have grown personally & professionally as an NSWOC. The mentorship, networking and educational opportunities from NSWOCC have been invaluable in the advancement of my career path. It was a great experience!

Teresa Stone RN BScN WOCC(C) Nanaimo B.C.

I have been a member of NSWOCC since 1982 and have consistenly been inspired by the tenacity of the  organization to honour it’s commitment to excellence, and quality outcomes for both patients and the members. Recently I  have been an academic advisor for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute WOC-EP program. This experience has been very rewarding both professionally and personally as it has taught me so much

Nancy Parslow RN, MClSc-WH, WOCC(C).

I graduated from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence WOC-EP program in 2015 and this competency based program has helped me in my role as a Tissue Viability Nurse in the U.K.. As a Canadian NSWOC working abroad, my NSWOCC Membership not only provides me with information on current best practice, it helps me stay connected with Canadian colleagues and has assisted me in obtaining international information on skin tears through ISTAP.

Julia Harris, RN, BN, NSWOC

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute


CNA Certification


Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing






ISTAP (International Skin Tear Advisory Panel)

In January 2016 ISTAP became an official interest group of NSWOCC.