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  • Notice of NSWOCC Annual Membership Meeting (AMM)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2023 NSWOCC invites you to join the NSWOCC Board and Core Program Leaders at the NSWOCC Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) on Wednesday, May 4, 2023 at 6:30PM-8:15PM EDT. The AMM will be followed immediately by a Members Appreciation Event. All NSWOCC Members are welcome to attend if their membership status is current. NSWOCC Members are titled "Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Member" in the membership database. For the full description of voting Members, please refer to NSWOCC Operating By-law 1-3.01 Classes and Conditions of Membership. All Members (both in-person and electronically over Zoom) will have 1 vote. The following Associates are also welcome to attend as non-voting participants: Allied Healthcare Professional Associate Full-time Student Nurse Associate Government/Administrative Professionals Associate Industry Associate Industry Associate Plus International Associate Practice Enrichment Series Associate Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN) Associate Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN) Student Associate WOC-EP Student Associate Please make sure that you renew your membership today by logging into your membership account at https://membersnswoc.ca/. To become an NSWOCC Member or Associate, visit https://www.nswoc.ca/become-a-member. HOW TO RSVP Make sure to RSVP to make your vote count and your voice heard, as well as to learn about key association business, and celebrate successes. This meeting will take place in-person at the Ottawa Westin, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario on the fourth floor in Confederation Rooms II and III. Food will be available. For those unable to attend in-person, Members may still RSVP in advance to attend the meeting on Zoom. Associates are not able to attend online. To attend either in-person or on Zoom, please RSVP by clicking below: 2023 AMM Members Package NSWOCC Members can access the 2023 AMM Members Package by clicking the files below, or by logging into your membership account at https://membersnswoc.ca/. NSWOCC Members who are paid and in good standing will be able to vote at this meeting. The package contains the Annual Members Meeting Agenda, the NSWOCC 2022-2023 Annual Report, the NSWOCC 2022 AMM Meeting Minutes, and the 2023 Election Slate of Directors and Officers of the association. 2023 Annual Report NSWOCC is built by Members and is for the Members... Thank you so much for the immeasurably valuable work you have done for Nurses Specialized in Wound, ostomy and Continence Canada over the past year! We cannot thank you enough and want to let you know that your dedication is essential to the work that we do. We cannot do it without you! We would not want to do it without you! You bring ideas, positive energy and a beautiful intensity. We hope you will come back and join us soon on an exciting initiative, and maybe even bring a colleague with you! You can now access the 2023 Annual Report by clicking the file below. Please review the package carefully prior to the May 4, 2023 AMM in order to be prepared to vote. If you should have any questions, please contact the NSWOCC Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Harley at office@nswoc.ca. We look forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, The NSWOCC Board of Directors

  • Annonce du thème de la semaine des ISPSCs 2023 : #IndispensableNSWOCs

    Le 17-21 avril 2023 est la semaine des ISPSCs! Cette année, la campagne promotionnelle mettra en évidence les nombreuses façons dont les ISPSCs sont indispensables, le tout appuyé par des arguments concrets. Le dépliant figurant au bas de ce courriel n'est que la partie visible de l'iceberg - restez à l'affut pour découvrir l’ensemble du matériel promotionnel qui sera dévoilé pendant la semaine des ISPSCs ! En attendant, veuillez consulter ci-dessous, les principaux éléments de la campagne: En tant que "force de combat" pour les patients présentant des problèmes de plaies, stomies et de continence, les ISPSCs prouvent qu'elles sont indispensables pour les raisons suivantes : Les ISPSCs plaident en faveur de meilleurs soins aux patients (Baker 2001). Les ISPSCs réduisent le nombre de visites aux urgences et les réadmissions à l'hôpital (Baich et al., 2010). Les ISPSCs réduisent les coûts (Heerschap & Duff, 2021). Les ISPSCs aident à prévenir les infections urinaires liées aux cathéters et les dermatites liées à l'incontinence (Medley, 2014). Les ISPSCs soutiennent la prévention des lésions de pression (Boyle, Bergquist-Beringer, & Cramer, 2017). Les ISPSCs préviennent les complications liées aux stomies, réduisant ainsi les taux de réadmission à l'hôpital (Medley, 2014). De nombreux éléments sont tirés de la campagne "L’expertise à la puissance 3", qui dispose également de son propre dossier de présentation, d'outils pour les médias sociaux, d'un livre blanc, et bien d'autres choses encore ! Pour consulter la campagne L’expertise à la puissance 3, veuillez cliquer sur le bouton ci-dessous. Soumettez votre histoire : Pourquoi pensez-vous que les ISPSCs sont indispensables ? L’association des ISPSCC souhaite que vous lui fassiez part des raisons pour lesquelles vous pensez que les ISPSCs sont indispensables dans votre ville, votre région, votre établissement ou même dans tout le pays ! Envoyez votre histoire par courriel à office@nswoc.ca sous la forme d'un blog/article écrit, d'un court message, d'une vidéo ou de tout autre format créatif ! Nous ne manquerons pas de la présenter sur les médias sociaux et sur notre site web pendant la semaine des ISPSCs. Participez à la campagne promotionnelle: soumettez votre photo Participez à la campagne promotionnelle de la semaine des ISPSCs en partageant une photo de vous et de vos collègues avec des articles à l’effigie des ISPSCs – un sarrau, des T-shirts "We Will WOC You", une tasse ISPSC, ou toute autre article en votre possession ! Réservez les dates : une semaine complète d'événements virtuels ! Gardez vos calendriers ouverts ! Le lundi 17 avril, le mardi 18 avril, le mercredi 19 avril et le jeudi 20 avril, l’association des ISPSCC organisera une série de webinaires éducatifs et festifs avec des invités spéciaux et des experts œuvrant au sein des ISPSCC. De plus amples informations seront bientôt annoncées ! Partagez la façon dont vous célébrez la semaine des ISPSCs en utilisant #IndispensableNSWOCs Avant et pendant la semaine des ISPSCs, n'oubliez pas d'utiliser le hashtag #IndispensableNSWOCs pour que nous puissions suivre et partager sur les médias sociaux, la façon dont vous célébrez la semaine! Suivez ISPSCC sur les médias sociaux! Télécharger le dépliant

  • L’impact des ISPSCs: Un Nouveau Manuel

    C’est avec une très grande fierté que j’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la sortie, ce 15 février 2023, d’un manuel d’envergure sur les soins de plaies. Intitulé : Pratiques exemplaires en soins des plaies : de novice à expert, cet ouvrage est le fruit d’un travail de collaboration interprofessionnelle exceptionnelle. Divisé en 2 tomes, 45 chapitres et comptant plus de 1750 pages, ce manuel vise à outiller autant les professionnels de la santé qui débutent dans le domaine que ceux qui cumulent plusieurs années d’expérience. Je tiens tout particulièrement à souligner la participation des infirmières spécialisées en soins de plaies, stomies et continence du Québec. Vous êtes une dizaine qui avez signés la rédaction de plusieurs des 45 chapitres de cet imposant ouvrage, merci à Louise, Luce, Deborah, Sylvianne, Jenny, Julie, Liette, Chantal, Véronique. Je tiens également à souligner la contribution à titre d’auteurs, de certains de nos collègues de la Suisse et de la Belgique. Cet ouvrage vient combler une grande lacune de ressources documentaires en français pour tous les professionnels de la santé travaillant auprès de la population francophone du Canada. Il permettra, je le souhaite sincèrement, d’établir entre nous un langage commun et de tisser une solide communauté de pratique francophone afin de non seulement augmenter collectivement les connaissances et les compétences mais surtout d’optimiser la prise en charge sécuritaire de la population franco-canadienne au prise avec des plaies. Merci aux ISPSCC/NSWOCC d’avoir endossé le travail réalisé par cette équipe extraordinaire ainsi que les années de travail que cet ouvrage représente. Merci également aux Presses de l’université Laval pour l’accompagnement hors pair offert pour mener à bien ce projet d’envergure. Il est possible de profiter d’un rabais à l’achat des 2 tomes en passant directement par les Presses de l’université Laval au : https://www.pulaval.com/ Valérie Chaplain, Inf., ISPSC, PSCC(C), Responsable de la communauté francophone de pratique des ISPSCC, co-directrice du livre Pratiques exemplaires en soins des plaies : de novice à expert.

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  • About Us | NSWOCC

    About NSWOCC Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is a registered charity for over 600 nurses specialized in the nursing care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence and over 1,000 total Members and Associates. ​ NSWOCC acts in the public interest for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOCs) to give national leadership in wound, ostomy and continence promoting high standards for NSWOC practice, education, research and administration to achieve quality specialized nursing care. ​ NSWOCC speaks for NSWOCs and gives them a strong national association through which they can support each other and speak with a powerful, unified voice. NSWOCC is working towards taking an active role in legislative policy which could influence the health care decisions that affect NSWOC professionals every day. NSWOCC Position Statement Organizational Structure Mission Leading excellence is our passion. Enhancing lives is our inspiration. Innovation is our commitment. Vision Every person deserves specialized wound, ostomy and continence care. Values Nursing Specialty Excellence. Leadership. Collaborative Partnerships. NSWOCC Leadership Executive Board WOC Institute National Office Core Programs Regional Directors Additional Leadership Executive Board Executive Board President Corey Heerschap MScCH(WPC), BScN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC Biography President-Elect Bev Smith RN, BScN, NSWOC Biography Secretary Roxie Demers RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography Treasurer Misty Stephens RN, MClSc(WH), BScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography Past President Marcia Leard RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography Chief Executive Officer Catherine Harley (she/her) RN, eMBA, IIWCC Biography Regional Directors Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada is a national organization which is set up in five regions to strengthen communication. Each Region is led by a Regional Director who is an elected Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (Member of NSWOCC). There are two regional meetings held per year which all NSWOCC members can attend. The NSWOCC Regional Directors are NSWOCC Board Members and they report to the NSWOCC Executive Board. The Regional breakdown and Regional Directors are as follows: BC & Yukon Rochelle De Clerk BScN, NSWOC Biography Prairies, NWT and Nunavut Angela Koziak RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography Ontario Joshua Moralejo RN, BScN, MScCH: WPC, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC Biography Quebec Audray Lafortune Bsc., infirmière clinicienne, stomothérapeute, PSCC(C) Biography Atlantic Denise Nicholson RN, BN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography Regional Directors Core Program Leaders We are pleased to introduce our Core Program Leaders. These programs have produced exemplary work from members of the NSWOCC. ​ Get Involved! If you’d like to get more information about a Core Program, or if you’d like to learn how to get involved, please email office@nswoc.ca . Community Engagement Core Program Leader Jennifer Bilbie ​ Biography This Core Program will continue to provide the necessary resources, supporting documentation and strategies to respond to internal and external influences that impact the association. This may require communicating solutions to address issues at a local, regional and national level. Please contact the Board with any ideas that you may have in the area public relations for our members. Portfolios: Improving specialized care in wound, ostomy & continence Key Highlights Attended the monthly Ostomy Canada and NSWOCC joint Advocacy meetings and the Ontario ADP Advocacy Task Force meetings Continued to advocate to the Ontario Ministry of Health advocating for better ostomy reimbursement through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Met with the Manager of ADP October 11/22 to discuss rationale behind increasing the reimbursement of ostomy supplies Provided guidance and support to NSWOCs facing potential declassification in a large group of acute care facilities in Hamilton, Ontario resulting in the immediate cessation of declassification of the NSWOC as having Nurse Clinician status. Disability Tax Credit (DTC) initiative to get the DTC Form change in the category of elimination to acknowledge NSWOCs as certifiers of the form. The DTC Disability Advisory Committee has agreed to meet in the near future. Held the Nova Scotia Wound, Ostomy and Continence Summit on September 22, 2022, which was funded by a patient with some support from Industry partners. Empowering our Members to Advocate French Community of Practice Core Program Leader OPEN Email office@nswoc.ca to apply Biography La communauté francophone de pratique vise à facilité l'accessibilité et le partage d'informations professionnelles parmi les membres des ISPSCC partout au Canada, dans le but de favoriser la prise en charge des patients issus de la minorité francophone partout au pays. Projets en cours: Recommandations des meilleures pratiques pour les soins des gastrostomies Projets en constante demande: révision des documents traduits de l'anglais vers le français. The French Community of Practice aims to facilitate the accessibility and sharing of professional information among NSWOCC members across Canada, with the goal of promoting the care of Francophone minority patients across the country. Current projects: Best Practice Recommendations for Gastrostomy Care Projects in constant demand: revision of documents translated from English to French. Strengthening the French Language in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Harm Reduction Community of Practice Co-Chair Core Program Leader Lili Berescu (they/them) BScN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography In order to meet the needs of underrepresented populations who may be experiencing wound, ostomy and or continence issues, NSWOCC has launched this Core Program in fall 2023, and is led by wo NSWOCs with active experience rooted in harm reduction, Priyanka (she/her) and Lili (they/them). Harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that have a goal to minimise the negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws. Harm reduction is grounded in justice and human rights and focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that people stop using drugs as a precondition of support. This inclusion should and can extend to NSWOC practice and clients, we must make our efforts to build shared value in our community and develop our teams to be a community asset. ​ Harm Reduction Community of Practice Co-Chair Core Program Leader Priyanka (Pri) Jani (she/her) BScN, RN, NSWOC Student Biography In order to meet the needs of underrepresented populations who may be experiencing wound, ostomy and or continence issues, NSWOCC has launched this Core Program in fall 2023, and is led by wo NSWOCs with active experience rooted in harm reduction, Priyanka (she/her) and Lili (they/them). Harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that have a goal to minimise the negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws. Harm reduction is grounded in justice and human rights and focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that people stop using drugs as a precondition of support. This inclusion should and can extend to NSWOC practice and clients, we must make our efforts to build shared value in our community and develop our teams to be a community asset. ​ Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Co-Chair Core Program Leader Bev Smith RN, BScN, NSWOC Biography This Core Program is focused on improving the lives of Indigenous people in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence care. This group looks at the accessibility to NSWOCs, SWANs and WOC supplies to ensure the best possible care. Key Highlights Seven meetings have been held since January 2022. We have been working with the University of Toronto’s KITE Research Center providing input on the development of sensor socks to identify pressure points on the foot and that could lead to a future project on creating culturally appropriate footwear for Indigenous peoples with diabetes. This work includes applying for grant funding and KITE collaborating with Vee Tech and Sona Group of India, to develop smart fabric-based wearables that could be customized to be culturally relevant. We continue to work on having disposable negative pressure wound therapy covered by Non-insured Health Benefits (NIHB). We hope to get a response from NIHB before the end of the year. Michelle Buffalo, RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC (C), Jer Caul, RN, BScN MClSc AHCP WH, CDE and Bev Smith, RN, BScN, NSWOC gave a presentation at the May 2022 NSWOCC National conference entitled, “Equitable Healthcare for Indigenous People”. Bev and Michelle conducted a role play during this presentation to demonstrate the challenges patients face when being discharged from a hospital into an indigenous community. This presentation is available in video format at www.sharingcircle.online Our Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Core Program supported awarding a full scholarship to an Indigenous Nurse who graduated from the WOC-EP Program at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute. Congratulations to Kaylee Irving who was the recipient of this award. This scholarship was generously funded by 7Generations Medical. Congratulations to Michelle Buffalo, RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC (C) of Wetaskwin, Alberta who was awarded the Ostomy Canada Society scholarship in May 2022, for excellence in ostomy care. Supporting Truth and Reconciliation Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Co-Chair Core Program Leader Michelle Buffalo RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography This Core Program is focused on improving the lives of Indigenous people in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence care. This group looks at the accessibility to NSWOCs, SWANs and WOC supplies to ensure the best possible care. Key Highlights Seven meetings have been held since January 2022. We have been working with the University of Toronto’s KITE Research Center providing input on the development of sensor socks to identify pressure points on the foot and that could lead to a future project on creating culturally appropriate footwear for Indigenous peoples with diabetes. This work includes applying for grant funding and KITE collaborating with Vee Tech and Sona Group of India, to develop smart fabric-based wearables that could be customized to be culturally relevant. We continue to work on having disposable negative pressure wound therapy covered by Non-insured Health Benefits (NIHB). We hope to get a response from NIHB before the end of the year. Michelle Buffalo, RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC (C), Jer Caul, RN, BScN MClSc AHCP WH, CDE and Bev Smith, RN, BScN, NSWOC gave a presentation at the May 2022 NSWOCC National conference entitled, “Equitable Healthcare for Indigenous People”. Bev and Michelle conducted a role play during this presentation to demonstrate the challenges patients face when being discharged from a hospital into an indigenous community. This presentation is available in video format at www.sharingcircle.online Our Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Core Program supported awarding a full scholarship to an Indigenous Nurse who graduated from the WOC-EP Program at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute. Congratulations to Kaylee Irving who was the recipient of this award. This scholarship was generously funded by 7Generations Medical. Congratulations to Michelle Buffalo, RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC (C) of Wetaskwin, Alberta who was awarded the Ostomy Canada Society scholarship in May 2022, for excellence in ostomy care. ​ Membership Core Program Leader Shelly Barnes RN, BN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography The new Membership Core Program will bring together a group of NSWOCC Members to engage, discuss membership benefits and the member experience within the association and create a plan to drive positive change. Key Priorities Continuing Education Continue to advance NSWOC knowledge and proficiency Support the National Office and other Core Programs in offering continuing education opportunities Communication & Awareness of NSWOCC Activity Increase communication from the Board of Directors more directly to members Provide more updates on association & Core Program activities and initiatives Meet the Networking and Collaboration needs of NSWOCC Members across Canada Mentorship Accommodate members from each time zone We are still looking for members from Atlantic Canada and Québec to join our Core Program; if you're interested in getting involved, please email office@nswoc.ca . Building Member Value National Conference Planning Core Program Leader Mary Hill RN, BScN, MN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography One of many objectives that will be highlighted at the conference is to showcase NSWOC’s as leaders in wound, ostomy and continence care. NSWOCC Conferences are an excellent place to network and meeting new colleagues. During the summer there were opportunities to submit oral abstract presentations. ​ Paediatric Community of Practice Core Program Leader Emily Woodgate BScN, RN-AP, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography The Paediatric Community of Practice guides the key activities related to paediatric wound, ostomy and continence management within NSWOCC and beyond. The Paediatric Community of Practice may also be called upon to provide feedback to the NSWOCC Board of Directors on matters of Paediatric wound, ostomy and continence care. The Paediatric Community of Practice: creates a national network of NSWOCs who are working in or who have an interest in Paediatric wound, ostomy and/or continence management provides council and perform due diligence on Paediatric related wound, ostomy and continence initiatives within NSWOCC. develops on-going paediatric wound, ostomy and continence strategic activities that align with the NSWOCC strategic mission. identifies areas for improvement in specialized wound, ostomy and continence paediatric care. ​ Professional Development Core Program Leader Debra Johnston MN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC Biography Debra leads this Core Program developing professional growth opportunities to facilitate the provision, maintenance and recording of knowledge, and clinical skills related to the scope of NSWOC professional practice including “Best Practice Recommendations:” There will be opportunities for NSWOCC members to get involved in this Core Program by answering the calls for volunteers, or by contacting Debra about future opportunities at office@nswoc.ca . Portfolios: Ethics, Professional Growth, Certification, Mentorship/website, Position Papers, Best Practice Recommendations. Setting the National Standard of Practice for NSWOCs Publications Core Program Leader Lina Martins RN, BScN, MScN, WOCC(C) Biography This Core program focuses on providing opportunities for publication in the JWOCN and the NSWOC Advance. Shaping the narrative of Wound, Ostomy and Continence nursing by publishing Research and Practice Co-Chair Core Program Leader Kevin Woo PhD, RN, FAPWCA, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography This Core Program develops evidence based Best Practice Recommendations, supports literature searches for all NSWOCC projects and identifies potential research projects for NSWOCC. Portfolios: Research, Best Practice Recommendations Supporting Evidence Based Practice SWAN Community of Practice Core Program Leader Sharon Hunter RPN, IIWCC, SWAN Biography This Core Program will be implementing and developing unique strategies to market the SWAN role as a critical team members within the Canadian healthcare system. This core program is open to SWAN Graduates and RPN/LPN who have an interest in skin health. Key Highlights The SWAN Community of Practice (COP) was re-launched March 2022 Terms of reference for this SWAN Community of Practice were developed The following goals were discussed during the monthly meetings with the participants. We will: be working to build awareness of the SWAN role - it is important that we establish an identity for SWANs. This will include developing some tools to assist communicating who SWANs are and the role that they play within the team. improve communication among the group. A SWAN Facebook page has been set up and we encourage all SWANs to join - email office@nswoc.ca to get connected work to build a SWAN mentorship program - we will be working on defining what this will look like have a vision to launch a SWAN educational stream at the 2023 NSWOCC National conference which will be taking place May 3 to 7, 2023 at the Westin Ottawa. SWAN COP members provided input to this educational stream, and it has been integrated into the national conference education program for 2023. Thank you to all who contributed the ideas for topics and speakers. set a date to have a “SWAN Day” – which will be a day set to recognize and celebrate SWANs for their work in skin health. This day will be selected starting in 2023. Supporting Practical Nurses and Diploma RNs in Skin Wellness Core Programs WOC Institute Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute WOC Institute Academic Chair Kimberly LeBlanc (she/her) PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), FCAN Biography Additional Leadership Additional Leadership NSWOCC Industry Advisory Committee (NIAC) Co-Chair Geoff Fournie ​ Biography NSWOCC Industry Advisory Committee (NIAC) Co-Chair Marianne MacMillan-Stacey ​ Biography Nominating Committee Chair Laureen Sommerey RN, BScN, MN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Biography NSWOC Advance Publisher Deborah McNamara ​ Biography National Office National Office Director of Operations Troy Curtis (he/him) BHum(Hons) Bio Office Administrator Zachary Abraham (he/him) ​ Bio Digital Marketing Coordinator Samaia Aidroos (she/her) ​ Bio Executive Assistant Jonathan Mancor ​ Bio NSWOCC's 40th Anniversary The History of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing 1776 French surgeon performed the first documented ostomy surgery for bowel blockage. A sponge was attached to the opening with a bandage to absorb any effluent. 1958 Norma Gill offered a position as the first Enterostomal Therapist. 1961 The first formal ostomy education program was developed, and its graduates termed Enterostomal Therapy Nurses. 1964 Bertha Okun who had surgery for Ulcerative Colitis in 1957 graduated from the Cleveland Clinic as an Enterostomal Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Rupert Turnbull becoming the first Canadian Enterostomal Therapist. She went on to be a founding member of the North American Association for Enterostomal Therapists in 1968, now known as the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society. 1980 The first Canadian Enterostomal Therapy School is started in Vancouver. 1980 Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy is formed to address Canadian issues related to ET Nursing. 1980 New Canadian Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Certificate Programs Formed. University of Toronto and Université de Montréal open Enterostomal Therapy Nurse certificate programs. ​ 1982 Acute & Chronic Wound Management Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expands to include acute and chronic wounds. 1986 Continence Care Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expanded to include continence care. ​ 1990 Closure Of Canadian Certificate Programs University of Toronto and Université de Montréal Enterostomal Therapy Nurse certificate programs close due to funding issues. Nurses go to the United States for Enterostomal Therapy Nurse training. 1995 Global Recognition: 55 countries recognize Stoma Therapy Nursing with schools in 21 countries. ​ 1996 The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy starts bilingual Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program with Nicole Denis as the founding director. 2007 New Online Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program - The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy ETNEP goes online for the first time. 2008 ET nursing turns 50 years old – one of the oldest nursing specialties! 2008 Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Granted Certification Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) recognizes Enterostomal Therapy Nursing as a specialty and grants Enterostomal Therapy Nurses Certification as Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurses CETN(C). 2009 First Graduates of The Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Certification Exam - 60 ETNs write the 1st Certification Exam. 2017 Hundreds of Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Entersomal Therapy Nurse graduates to date. 2018 Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program Technology & Online Simulation - The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Academy begins working to bring technology and online simulation to the ETNEP program. 2018 CAET Academy Obtains Library Access - CAET Academy obtains library access for students through the CINAHL database. 2018 CAET becomes NSWOCC - The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy changes its name to Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC). 2018 The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute is Born The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Academy changes its name to Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute. The Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program (ETNEP) becomes the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Progam (WOC-EP). The Knowledge to Practice courses become known as the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Skin Health Program. The CNA CETN(C) certification becomes the WOCC(C) certification.

  • NSWOC Advance & Publications | NSWOCC

    Publications NSWOC Advance L'Avancée de l'ISPSC NSWOC Advance , the official publication of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC®), is published three times a year. It is indexed in CINAHL, Ebsco Publishing, and part of the EBSCOhost suite of CINAHL programs and in Cengage Learning/Gale. ​ NSWOC Advance accepts contributions in the form of professional news, research projects and findings, clinical papers, case studies, reports, review articles, questions for clinical corner, and letters to the editor. Advertising and news from industry are also welcome. Feature Articles and Case Studies are peer-reviewed and should be submitted via www.nswoc.ca/advance. ​ L'Avancée de l'ISPSC , la publication officielle de Infirmières spécialisées en plaies, stomies et continence Canada (ISPSCC), est publiée trois fois par année. Elle est indexée dans CINAHL, Ebsco Publishing et dans une partie de la suite EBSCOhost des programmes CINAHL et dans Cengage Learning/Gale. ​ L'Avancée de l'ISPSC accepte toute contribution sous les formes suivantes: nouvelles professionnelles, projets de recherche, études cliniques, études de cas, rapports, revues d'articles, questions destinées à la section clinique et lettres à l'éditeur. Les publicités et nouvelles de l'industrie sont aussi les bienvenues. Les articles de fond et les études de cas sont révisés par des pairs et devraient être soumis à www.nswoc.ca/advance. Editorial Board Email the Editor-in-Chief Lina Martins, RN, BScN, MScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) NSWOC Advance Editor-in-Chief JWOCN Canadian Feature Section Editor Louise Forest-Lalande, RN, MEd, ET French Editor Karen Campbell, PhD, MScN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) BC/Yukon Kevin Woo, PhD, RN, FAPWCA, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Prairies/NT/NU Lina Martins, RN, BScN, MScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C) Ontario Louise Forest-Lalande, RN, MEd, ET Québec/Atlantic Issues To view open access issues click the image below (for older issues choose archives in the top right corner of any issue). Access to the more recent issues is available to members through the members-only section . Issues Opportunities to Publish Opportunities to Publish First time authors welcome Submit a Manuscript The NSWOC Advance NSWOC Advance publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts on topics related to wound, ostomy, and continence nursing practice. Submit your clinical article or case study now and share your research and experiences with colleagues across Canada. For more submission information or editorial guidelines, click below or reach out to an Editorial Board representative for free writing and coaching support. ​ Please note that you must review the Editorial Guidelines prior to submitting a manuscript. The license of copyright form and publication release for photographs/diagrams must also be completed in order to submit a manuscript. Submit a Manuscript via Scholastica Editorial Guidelines Author Release Form Publication Release for Photographs/Diagrams Lignes directrices éditoriales LICENCE DE DROITS D’AUTEUR Autorisation pour publication de photographies/schémas The NSWOCC - JWOCN Connection The NSWOCC Feature Section of JWOCN publishes announcements and short articles related to practice, program development, education, and quality improvement from the Canadian NSWOC perspective. Submissions are 250-500 words including figures and tables. ​ For more information, click here or reach out to an Editorial Board representative for free writing and coaching support. NSWOCC - JWOCN Connection JWOCN Publication Guidelines Advertising Advertising Communicate messages about your company, products and services to the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOCs) who care for patients experiencing a challenge in wound, ostomy, or continence. Demonstrate your support and increase product awareness by reaching NSWOCs, across Canada, who make product decisions in both the hospital and community. ​ For advertising booking enquiries call 613-762-5788 or email office@nswoc.ca . View the advertising rate sheet Your Chance to Shine this Summer: Help us select a new name to elevate the NSWOC Advance Publication! We invite all NSWOCC members to participate in our "Name NSWOCC’s new official publication" contest. Your input will help the NSWOCC Board of Directors select a name that distinguishes our publication from other wound, ostomy, and continence academic and research publications, while highlighting NSWOCC's role as a leading association supporting the tri-specialty in Canada and a global leader in the field. The name should also translate well into French, as the publication will continue to be published in both English and French. First name | Prénom* Last name | Nom de famille* What province/territory do you work in? | Dans quelle province/territoire travaillez-vous ?* Email | Courriel* Enter your idea for the name. | Saisissez votre idée. * Describe the rationale or reason behind this name. | Décrivez la raison d'être de ce nom.* Submit contest

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    Announcing the launch of a series of 4 Urinary Catheter Decision Aids The decision aids include: Adult Intermittent Urinary Catheter Decision Aid Adult Indwelling Urinary Catheter Decision Aid Paediatric Intermittent Urinary Catheter Decision Aid Paediatric Indwelling Urinary Catheter Decision Aid Access the Decision Aids NSWOCC News NSWOCC 7 nov. 2022 1 Min Cadre de la semaine nationale sur la sécurité des patients La semaine dernière, dans le cadre de la semaine nationale sur la sécurité des patients, Valérie Chaplain IA, BScN, ISPSC, PSCC(C) de l'Hôpi 18 0 commentaire 0 Vous n'aimez plus ce post NSWOCC 28 mars 2022 2 Min Poste de bénévole à pourvoir :Révision de textes français – L’Avancée de l’ISPSC Si cette occasion stimulante vous intéresse, veuillez faire parvenir un courriel à office@nswoc.ca en incluant une lettre de présentation p 11 0 commentaire 0 Vous n'aimez plus ce post NSWOCC 22 mars 2022 2 Min Le portail de demande de certification de l'AIIC est maintenant ouvert Le portail de demande de certification de l'AIIC est maintenant ouvert L’AIIC a lancé la demande de renouvellement de certification par... 24 0 commentaire 0 Vous n'aimez plus ce post Pas d'événements pour le moment About NSWOCC Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC®) is a registered charity and membership-based association for over 600 nurses specialized in the care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence and over 1,000 members overall. ​ NSWOCC acts in the public interest for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC®) to give national leadership in wound, ostomy and continence promoting high standards for NSWOC practice, education, research and administration to achieve quality specialized nursing care. ​ NSWOCC speaks for NSWOCs and gives them a strong national association through which they can support each other and speak with a powerful, unified voice. NSWOCC is working towards taking an active role in legislative policy which could influence the health care decisions that affect NSWOC professionals every day. Read the NSWOCC Position Statement Who are NSWOCs? A Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) is a registered nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in wound, ostomy and continence care who has graduated from a World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) recognized education program. ​ Recognized as Nurses who have specialized training in wound, ostomy and continence by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence are the ONLY nursing specialty with CNA certification in wound, ostomy and continence care (WOCC(C)). From acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, community, long term care and in independent practice, an NSWOC provides specialized holistic assessment and management as an interprofessional team member to meet the needs of individuals/families with ostomies, acute and chronic wounds and urinary and fecal continence problems. Learn more The Power of 3 Resources for NSWOCs Job Postings Re-Certification Position Statements Best Practice Recommendations Become an NSWOC The Wound, Ostomy and Continence (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). ​ 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. Learn more CNA Certification Exam Join NSWOCC Join over 500 nurses specialized in the care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence, and a total membership of over 700 healthcare professionals, industry members, students, and international associates all dedicated to wound, ostomy and continence education & care. Join NSWOCC Membership Benefits Membership Types Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN™) Program For practical nurses and diploma RNs who aspire to become respected nurse leaders and integral members of their organization’s wound, ostomy, and continence leadership team, the CNA-accredited SWAN program is the only program that offers: competency and evidence-informed advanced knowledge in wound, ostomy and continence management; confidence to transfer that knowledge into practice; recognition and respect for your competencies through the nationally recognized SWAN designation; and continuous learning and lifelong support through mentorship and collaboration in a SWAN-Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) team. The SWAN program is accredited by the Canadian Nurses Association. ​ SWANs are uniquely recognized for their advanced knowledge and their contributions as wound, ostomy and continence nurse champions in their workplaces and communities across Canada. Skilled nurses provide optimal patient care. ​ The goal of the SWAN™ Program is to educate and prepare more skilled wound, ostomy and continence nurses across the spectrum of care (e.g. acute care, long-term care and home care). Graduates will have an enhanced ability to provide optimal care for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence issues as members of a collaborative NSWOC team. The program is designed to provide non-specialty nurses the ability to provide optimal wound, ostomy and continence care under the direction of the NSWOC, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Wound, Ostomy or Continence) or Physician and to be integral members of the WOC team. Learn more! Official Interest Groups

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