Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute (WOC Institute)

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About the Institute

The WOC-Institute is owned and operated by the association of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC). 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.

 

We offer various online programs to allow nurses to improve their skills and understanding of wound, ostomy and continence, from a distance. Advanced programs (WOC-EP and SWAN) include clinical preceptorships. Group pricing is available upon request.

 

The WOC-Institute ’ s online and on-site educational programs are delivered by a team of highly knowledgeable and dedicated nurse leaders who are Canadian Association of Nurses (CNA) certified Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC).

Educational Programs

 

Wound, Ostomy and 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.

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).

 

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 tomorrow’s 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.

 

Employing NSWOCs is an effective strategy for controlling costs through high-quality, evidence-based care that leads to better outcomes for patients. NSWOCs bring about these benefits as deliverers of care but also as sources of specialized knowledge for interdisciplinary health care teams, best practice and protocol development, research and other avenues. The NSWOC graduate leads Wound, Ostomy and Continence teams, including SWAN and Skin Health graduates and has the knowledge, skills and judgement to manage complex patient issues in the areas of Wounds, Ostomy and Continence.

Program Overview

Ostomy Management

16 Weeks + 2 Weeks of 75 hours of Preceptorship

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Introductory Assignment (5%)

Individual Assignments (45%)

Discussion Forums (20%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Competency based clinical placement (20%)

Continence Management

16 Weeks + 2 Weeks of 75 hours of Preceptorship

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (44%)

Discussion Forums (26%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Competency based clinical placement (20%)

Wound Management

16 Weeks + 2 Weeks of 75 hours of Preceptorship

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (60%)

Discussion Forums (10%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Competency based clinical placement (20%)

 

Skin Wellness Associate (SWAN™) Program

In response of urgent need among Canadian healthcare professionals for continuing education in the areas of Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC), the NSWOCC’s WOCInstitute 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 practical nurses (Registered Practical Nurses / Licensed Practical Nurses) to manage stable patients with Wound, Ostomy or Continence issues, the SWAN™ program aims to support and empower NSWOC™ teams to improve clinical outcomes. Designed to provide nurses the ability to provide optimal Wound, Ostomy and Continence care under the direction of the NSWOC™ or other clinical specialists. Graduates of the program are eligible to use the SWAN™ designation ex: Nancy Nurse RPN, SWAN. The SWAN™ designation is a means by which graduates can be immediately recognized for the advanced clinical knowledge and skills they gain in the program and their ability to manage stable patients.

The NSWOCC envisions that SWAN™ graduates will work as integral team members alongside NSWOCs™ and other clinical specialists to care for patients within their scope of practice. The goal of the SWAN™ Program is to educate and prepare skilled practical Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurses across the spectrum of care. There is in particular there is a strong place for SWAN™ graduates in the home-care and long-term care settings. Specifically, this program, based on the scope of practice for practical nurses and a high national standard of care, was built to provide practical nurses with the opportunity to advance their day-to-day knowledge of Wound, Ostomy and Continence care.

Program Overview

Ostomy Management

5 Weeks + Clinical Assignment

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (70%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Self-Directed Clinical Assignment with NSWOC Mentor (20%)

Continence Management

5 Weeks + Clinical Assignment

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (70%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Self-Directed Clinical Assignment with NSWOC Mentor (20%)

Wound Management

5 Weeks + Clinical Assignment

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (70%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Self-Directed Clinical Assignment with NSWOC Mentor (20%)

 

Industry Skin Wellness Associate (ISWA) Program

Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada’s (NSWOCC) Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Institute, developed the Industry Skin Wellness Associate (ISWA) Program in response to the growing desire for industry partners to enhance their knowledge build confidence and to be better able to communicate with health care professionals working in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence.

The NSWOCC and WOC-Institute developed the paced online ISWA education program as a means to empower industry partners to become a better resource in supporting clinicians, ultimately improving clinical outcomes. The ISWA program prepares industry partners to have an enriched understanding of wound, ostomy and continence issues.

 

The goal of the ISWA Program is to educate and prepare industry partners to work collaboratively and be a more effective resource for healthcare professionals. Graduates will have an enhanced ability to position their product portfolios from a clinical practice lens and to provide optimal support for nurses caring for those with wound, ostomy and continence issues.

 

The 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. Upon completion graduates will be eligible to use the ISWA designation.

Program Overview

Ostomy Management

5 Weeks + Assignment

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (70%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Self-Directed Assignment with NSWOC Mentor (20%) base on exploring building the industry partner + clinician relationship

Continence Management

5 Weeks + Assignment

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (70%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Self-Directed Assignment with NSWOC Mentor (20%) base on exploring building the industry partner + clinician relationship

Wound Management

5 Weeks + Assignment

Evaluation of Theory (80%):

Individual Assignments (70%)

Final Exam (10%)

Evaluation of the Preceptorship (20%):

Self-Directed Assignment with NSWOC Mentor (20%) base on exploring building the industry partner + clinician relationship

 

Practice Enrichment Series - Wound Management

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! 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 Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (NSWOCs)

Program Overview

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Integumentary System

  • Principles of Integumentary System Healing  

  • General principles of Integumentary / Wound Assessment and Management

  • Wound prevention, assessment, and management

  • Specific wound aetiologies (prevention, assessment, and management):

    • Acute and traumatic wounds (example: skin tears, lacerations, minor burns), with a focus on post fall wound care

    • Moisture associated skin damage (example: incontinence associated dermatitis, emersion foot)

    • Pressure injuries

    • Lower limb ulcers

    • Diabetic foot ulcers

    • Surgical wounds

    • Skin changes at life’s end

    • Wounds not healing in a predicted trajectory

  • Collaborative approaches when working with interprofessional teams

  • When to refer to a Wound Care Specialist

 

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.

The Practice Enrichment Series for Paramedics is a competency-based, beginner program in wound management. The course is a state of the art, competency-based, self-paced online program facilitated by a team of CNA certified NSWOCs. Onsite programs are available upon request. Contact the NSWOC through our contact page should you be interested in accessing our onsite education delivered by specialized NSWOCs.

The topics will be taught through the eyes of a first responder through initial triage, treatment, and minimization of further damage. The goal of the program is to provide paramedics with knowledge about timely and appropriate wound intervention to positively impact patient outcomes through minimizing patient transfers to hospital and improving communications with community nurses and primary care providers.

Program Overview

COURSE DATES & LENGTH
  • Self-paced, online throughout the year

  • 6 weeks

 
TOPIC COVERED
  • Introduction to Wound Management: 6 modules

 
YOUR INVESTMENT

$600 (+ textbook)

 

Practice Enrichment Series - Wound Debridement Program

The competency-based, advanced debridement course is designed by nurses for nurses and follows the Canadian best practise recommendations for nurses; however, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute recognizes the course may be of interest to other disciplines.

Healthcare professionals without a nursing background are responsible for recognizing their own scope of practice and jurisdictional policies related to their profession. That is, non-nurse Healthcare Professionals meeting the prerequisite education requirements will be accepted into the program.

  • In-depth knowledge of wound management is essential prior to enrolment in a competency-based debridement educational program.

  • Prerequisite education is identified by the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum-based wound management program including stringent outcome measures such as examination. 

  • Learners must have completed the WOC-EP, SWAN or equivalent program prior to taking this program

Program Overview

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. 

The program will be self-paced online with access to virtual mentorship and knowledge consolidation opportunities with our team of CNA certified NSWOCs. Enrolment is limited. Contact programmanager@wocinstitute.ca for more information.

 

Contact

 

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute: Administrative Office

414-35, Allée de Hambourg,

Gatineau, Quebec J9J 4J6

E-Mail: programmanager@wocinstitute.ca

Tel: Toll free at 1-877-614-1262

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