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The WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice publication is essential to anyone practicing in the field. The information can be used to familiarize WOC nurses with where the profession came from, its current expectations and where it is evolving. Knowledge is power and that is precisely what these volumes provide---knowledge to begin dialogue with administrators, professors, politicians, patients and others to ensure that all decisions regarding WOC nurses come from a well-informed place. This document covers the following about the WOC nurse: a standard definition, inventory of the responsibilities as an advocate, overview of the role played in disease management, review of the expected ethics and values, requirements related to WOC nursing and professional accountability, identification of the specific steps involved in the WOC nursing process, framework for providing patient care, and an overview of the diverse practice environments in which WOC nurses contribute their specialized care. Publication date: 2010; 55 page booklet.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Scope of Nursing Practice
    • Definition of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
    • Historical Development of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
    • The Tri-specialty of WOC Nursing
    • Characteristics of WOC Nursing Practice
      • The Art of WOC Nursing Practice
      • Advocacy and Ethics
      • Disease Management
      • Core Curriculum and Certification
      • Professional Accountability
      • Nursing Process
      • Care Coordination and Collaboration
      • Evidence-based Practice and Research Utilization
      • Responsive to Changing Societal and Healthcare Needs
    • Practice Environment
      • Acute Care
      • Outpatient Care
      • Home Care
      • Long-term/Extended Care
      • Academia/Education
      • Administration
      • Industry
      • Research
    • Education Preparation
      • The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Role
      • Advanced Practice
    • Mandate for Continuing Professional Development
    • Specialty Practice Certification
    • Current Issues and Trends
  • References
  • Standards of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing
  • Practice
  • Standards of Practice
    • Standard 1. Assessment
    • Standard 2. Diagnosis
    • Standard 3. Outcomes Identification
    • Standard 4. Planning
    • Standard 5. Implementation
    • Standard 5A. Coordination of Care
    • Standard 5B. Health Teaching and Health Promotion
    • Standard 5C. Consultation
    • Standard 5D. Prescriptive Authority and Treatment
    • Standard 6. Evaluation
  • Standards of Professional Performance
    • Standard 7. Quality of Practice
    • Standard 8. Education
    • Standard 9. Professional Practice Evaluation
    • Standard 10. Collegiality
    • Standard 11. Collaboration
    • Standard 12. Ethics
    • Standard 13. Research
    • Standard 14. Resource Utilization
    • Standard 15. Leadership
    • Standard 16. Advocacy
  • Glossary

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