The NSWOC Education Program Prepares Baccalaureate Registered Nurses to become leaders in the practice of the tri-specialty of Wound, Ostomy and Continence and readies them to write the Canadian Nurses Association Certification Examination in Wound, Ostomy and Continence WOCC(C).

NSWOC Education Program (formerly the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program)

The NSWOCC and WOC-Institute developed the paced online Skin Wellness Associate Nurse SWANTM education program as a means to support and empower NSWOCs and improve clinical outcomes by enhancing wound, ostomy and continence care teams. The SWANTM program prepares non-specialty nurses to provide basic, bedside wound, ostomy and continence care.

Skin Wellness Associate Nurse Education PRogram

The ISWA program is designed to provide industry partners the advanced ability to work collaboratively with healthcare professionals and to be ambassadors for ethical partnerships with industry.

Industry Skin Wellness Associate (ISWA) Program

Are you a healthcare professional interested in learning more about wound care?

Enrol today in the Practice Enrichment Series – Wound Management course offered by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Institute!

Practice Enrichment Series: Wound Management

The primary objective of this program is to provide learners with advanced theoretical knowledge pertaining to all aspects of debridement. Learners are encouraged to seek out mentorship opportunities within their work environment and to work within their scope of practice.

At the end of this program learners will have advanced debridement knowledge beyond the WOC-EP/ SWAN programs.

Practice Enrichment Series – Advanced Debridement

This state-of-the-art program is designed to provide community care paramedics with the ability to provide optimal wound care in collaboration with an interprofessional team.

Practice Enrichment Series – Paramedics

Educational Programs

Wound, Ostomy & Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

The NSWOC™ graduate leads Wound, Ostomy and Continence teams, including SWAN™ and Skin Health graduates and has the knowledge, skills and judgment to manage complex patient issues in the areas of Wounds, Ostomy and Continence.

 

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Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN) Program

The NSWOCC’s WOC Institute developed the competency-based Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN™) Program. The program is a 4 month, paced online program which includes a clinical mentorship component. By preparing RPNs/LPNs to manage stable patients with Wound, Ostomy or Continence issues, the SWAN™ program aims to support and empower NSWOC™ teams to improve clinical outcomes.

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Industry Skin Wellness Associate (ISWA) Program

Designed specifically for industry partners who want to strengthen their ability to collaborate with healthcare professionals and to achieve the new gold standard for industry education in the areas of wound, ostomy, and continence.

 

 

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Practice Enrichment Series – Wound Management

During this 6-week, self-pace, online program you will:

  • Increase your knowledge related to evidence-based care wound care
  • Improve your ability to advocate for patients with wound related issues
  • Enhance your ability to collaborate with wound care specialists
  • Have access to virtual mentorship and knowledge consolidation opportunities with our team of CNA certified NSWOCs
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Practice Enrichment Series – Advanced Wound Debridement

This unique program offers healthcare practitioners the foundation to develop and enhance their theoretical and practical knowledge when managing complex, hard to heal wounds that require debridement.

At the end of this program learners will have advanced debridement knowledge beyond the WOC-EP/ SWAN programs.

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Practice Enrichment Series – Paramedics

 

This state-of-the-art program is designed to provide community care paramedics with the ability to provide optimal wound care in collaboration with an interprofessional team.

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Enhance Your Wound, Ostomy & Continence Knowledge and Skills
A Message From our Chair

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and to the Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Institute and to thank you for your interest in WOC Nursing. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC)-Institute is owned and operated by the association of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) (formally the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapists (CAET)). Our tri-specialty is unique, and we strive to improve the lives of those patients cared for by wound, ostomy and continence nurses as well as support those healthcare professionals who have chosen this dynamic and evolving field through providing comprehensive education and skills-based training to improve their practices.

The WOC Institute offers various competency-based, programs to assist healthcare professionals in improving their skills and understanding of wound, ostomy, and continence, with both online and in person learning opportunities. We encourage you to explore the various educational opportunities we have to offer. If you have questions feel free to contact registrar@wocinstitute.ca or chair@wocinstitute.ca.

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC
Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Chair

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Institute Opportunities

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute is often seeking those interested in supporting the development of the wound, ostomy and continence specialty in Canada. Click the button below for current opportunities.

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Become a Preceptor

Preceptors are the backbone of the WOC-EP program and influence the educational pathway of new nurses specializing in wound, ostomy & continence. Learn more about becoming a preceptor by clicking the button below.

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Preceptor Role

Select the button below to learn more about the role of our preceptors and how they assist our learners in developing the knowledge and skills needed to specialize in the field of wound, ostomy and continence.

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