WOC-EP: Program Description

Please Note: We are no longer accepting applications for our Winter 2022 intake. We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2022 program. The deadline to complete these is June 30, 2022.

Program Description

The WOC Institute’s flagship program is our Wound Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP). The WOC-EP is a state of the art, paced, 12-month, online program which prepares BN/BScN’s for the role of a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC). The final exam for the program is the Canadian Nurses Associate (CNA) certification exam, which, upon achievement, enables the NSWOC to use the credential WOCC(C).

Canadian Nurses Association NSWOC Certification or WOCC(C)

The WOC-EP is a competency and standards of practice guided, rigorous program, aimed at insuring the high quality of its graduates. Through the CANMeds styled, competency-based preceptorship component of the program, the WOC-EP strives to mentor and grow tomorrows nurse leaders. NSWOCs graduates are among the nursing elite. They demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking, clinical skill and leadership qualities. The advantage of NSWOCs’ tri- specialization is especially clear when patients have needs that require more than one area of specialty.

Canada’s Need for Specialized Nurses

There is a great need in Canada for a master’s level graduate program in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing that will prepare clinical nurse specialists in advanced Wound, Ostomy and Continence practice in this country. The WOC-EP has been developed to provide advanced education in the specialized area of Wound, Ostomy and Continence healing. The WOC-EP is owned and operated by the association of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada. The overall objective of the WOC-EP is to provide an educational experience that will concurrently focus on the development of specialized clinical skills, critical thinking and research appraisal.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to assist the learner to build:

  • New knowledge, skills and attitudes and integrate them with prior knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare the learner to become a competent NSWOC;
  • Familiarity with the literature in the field of Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing;
  • The skills to critically analyze practice in the field, differentiate it from best practice and disseminate standards of NSWOC practice; and
  • Problem solving skills through case based learning and participation in a strong learning community.

Objectives

At the end of this program the learner will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise and incorporate research and best-practice guidelines into evidence-based clinical practice
  2. Develop and practice knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to support and foster best practices in Wound, Ostomy and Continence care based on the Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) core competencies and standards of practice
  3. Participate in discussions with NSWOCs and appreciate the important role all allied healthcare team members can bring to an interdisciplinary Wound, Ostomy and Continence -care team
  4. Are prepared to take a leadership role on Wound, Ostomy and Continence -care teams
  5. Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills to clinical practice through clinical placements with experienced NSWOC mentors and the application of the NSWOC core competencies and standards of practice
  6. Improve communication skills (verbal and written)
  7. Foster professional growth and leadership
  8. Articulate and exercise the professional responsibilities associated with the NSWOC role
  9. Meet the psychosocial needs of the person with a Wound, Ostomy and Continence
  10. Manage care for the person with a Wound, Ostomy and Continence related issue

The learner will acquire the skills necessary to meet the biopsychosocial needs of the person with an ostomy, continent diversion, acute or chronic wound, percutaneous tube and incontinence. Please visit https://wocinstitute.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WOC-EP-Overview-Final.pdf for a complete program overview.

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