What is an NSWOC nurse?

What is an NSWOC Nurse?


Nurses Specializing in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) represents over 300 Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence across Canada. NSWOCC advocates for the highest quality of specialized wound, ostomy and continence nursing to individuals requiring wound, ostomy and continence care. A Nurse Specializing in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) is a registered nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in wound, ostomy and continence care who has graduated from a World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) recognized education program. Recognized as Nurses who have specialized training in wound, ostomy and continence by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence are the ONLY nursing specialty with CNA certification in wound, ostomy and continence care (WOCC(C)). From acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, community, long term care and in independent practice, a NSWOC provides specialized holistic assessment and management as an interprofessional team member to meet the needs of individuals/families with ostomies, acute and chronic wounds and urinary and fecal continence problems.

Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Save Health Care Dollars

  • Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence involved in wound care, heal wounds faster and at less cost
  • Decreases length of stay in acute care facilities by providing preoperative education and follow up care
  • Coordinates specialty care to reduce re-admission or duplication of services
  • Facilitates the appropriate and efficient use of resources and health care products
  • Provides continuity of care to patients/families

Proactive Management to Health Promotion & Illness Prevention

  • Maximizes patient/family self-care through one to one education and consultation
  • Collaborates with inter-disciplinary team members to maximize
  • Promotes patient/family advocacy

Professional Leadership

  • Supports quality health care through teaching, mentoring, program development and quality monitoring
  • Promotes excellence in care by exercising evidence-based and innovative best practice
  • Participates with other professional nursing organizations to develop and enhance the delivery of health care for Canadians
  • Recognized by the CNA as Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence

Research

  • Initiates and participates in research that will expand nursing knowledge
  • Interprets and applies research to improve patient/family care
  • Communicates and disseminates research through publications, oral and poster presentations, and the development of health care guidelines and policies

 

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