WOC Nurse - Accredited Professional Education Programs

The following sites provide information on wound, ostomy and continence education. Please contact the individual programs for further details.

Emory University School of Medicine - Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Center

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse Education Program.

webWOCN Nursing Education Program in partnership with Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, MN

Government Sites

Web site of the National Institute for Nursing Research. A first stop for planning nursing research projects. CRISP, an online database of federally funded biomedical research projects, allows users to see where the money has already been allocated. Lists of funding programs are also available. Users can also access the National Library of Medicine's PubMed and Medline Plus databases for electronic literature searches. For the novice researcher, there is an online research training program.

Web site of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The State and Local Policymakers Liaison program provides resources to assist in educating legislators about healthcare issues. Research topics and Fact Sheets include material that would be helpful in educating both consumers and legislators about particular health issues that have been well researched. Need data to explain the scope of persons affected with a particular health problem? The HCUPnet and MEPS tabs provide access to statistics about hospital utilization (searchable by diagnosis or procedure) and medical expenditures.

Web site of the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Want to read the Federal Register from the comfort of your own home? This is site. Users can also access all of the historical records of Congress, so that you can trace the progress (or death) of a particular piece of legislation. There is also a section on grant funding available that might be of value to WOC/ET nurses interested in beginning to catalog and archive the important records of our specialty.

Site of the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. This is a comprehensive source of data from large national surveys suitable for secondary data analysis. Of particular interest to WOC/ET nurses will be data regarding insurance coverage among persons under age 65, as we work to advocate on behalf of persons with need for medical supplies. Preliminary data from Healthy People 2010 will also be found here, so WOC/ET nurses can follow progress on the Pressure Ulcer goal.

Web site for the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is sponsored jointly by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Health Plans. The absence of a nursing presence is precisely why nurses need to be aware of these guidelines, which will undoubtedly be used for public policy decisions that may affect patients. WOC/ET nurses who have been in practice for a few years can recall the use of "science" to justify non-payment for behavioral interventions for urinary incontinence. Users can subscribe to a weekly e-mail update service. There is a section with evidence reports, which I could not get to load.


The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel provides interprofessional leadership to improve patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and management through education, public policy and research.

Web site for the American Nurses Association. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing includes general nursing policy topics. News features also alert readers to immediate action needed on legislative issues. Source for data about nursing profession.

Web site of Public Agenda, a public opinion and policy analysis organization. This site should be book marked by anyone holding or aspiring to public office. Chances are, it is not (especially if the individual is a novice), so you may surprise a candidate or official with your command of public opinion. Site includes survey findings about a variety of issues, including health care. Very simple, clear explanations of issues, simple, illustrative graphics, and clear explanations of cautions in interpretation of some data make this a site that is easy to use, even if you hate statistics.

Web site of the American Public Health Association. The Government Relations and Policy Section is a treasure. Included are all of the policy statements the association has ever made, since 1948, archived for retrieval. Action Alerts include sample letters for legislators that can be customized (suggestions are even offered on how to do this). There are even Fact Sheets suitable for distribution to legislators, aides, and anyone else you might have to convince to achieve your policy goals. Although the issues are public health and may be broader in scope than most WOC/ET nurses are seeking, this site provides an excellent role model for how it should be done.

The Nursing Organizations Alliance's purpose is to inspire and develop leaders in the community of nursing organizations.

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Clinical Resource Links:

Wound Healing Society


Medscape Nurses

Wound/Ostomy Related Documents

World Council of Enterostomal Therapists

American Burn Association

Heale Wound Care

Ostomy Care CE

Lippincott Nursing Center



Smith&Nephew Education


Skin Therapy

Medline Plus

Thr Simon Foundation for Continence


The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy

National Association for Continence

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