Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Career
Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse: Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses treat patients with wounds caused by injuries, ulcers, or diseases. They provide support and postoperative care for patients who need alternative methods of bodily waste elimination. They also have responsibility for treating patients with urinary and fecal incontinence.
The main duties of a Wound / Ostomy Nurse include:
- Dressing wounds.
- Assisting patients with urinary and fecal incontinence.
- Supporting patients with colostomy bags and other methods of artificial waste elimination.
- Educating patients and their families on how best to manage artificial waste elimination devices.
Where they work: Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities providing support to patients with incontinence and artificial waste elimination devices.
Qualifications: The following certifications are offered by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB):
- Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse (CWOCN).
- Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse (CWOCN).
- Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN).
- Certified Ostomy Care Nurse (COCN).
- Certified Continence Care Nurse (CCCN).
- Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON).
- Certified Foot Care Nurse (CFCN).
- Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse – Advanced Practice (CWOCN-AP).
- Certified Wound Care Nurse-Advanced Practice (CWCN-AP).
- Certified Ostomy Care Nurse-Advanced Practice (COCN-AP).
- Certified Continence Care Nurse-Advanced Practice (CCCN-AP).
- Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse-Advanced Practice (CWON-AP).
The above certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Find a Nursing School near you: Use the Further Your Career zip code search box, to find schools and colleges in your area that offer nursing programs.
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