Nurses Specializing in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is a not-for-profit association for over 500 nurses specializing in the nursing care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence.


NSWOCC acts in the public interest for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence 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 Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence and gives Registered Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence 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 BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SKIN HEALTH AMONG CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS With an emphasis on critically ill individuals suffering from COVID-19 

    The purpose of this paper is to provide healthcare professionals with recommendations for the prevention and management of skin integrity issues frequently found among critically ill patients. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is timely that healthcare professionals are aware of skin issues found among critically ill patients. Common skin issues include: skin tears (STs), moisture associated skin damage (MASD), medical adhesive related skin injury (MARSI), pressure injuries (PIs) and device related pressure injuries (DRPI). 

  • Clean Intermittent Urethral Catheterization in Adults Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Nurses

    These best practice recommendations mark a collaborative project between Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC), Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors (CNCA), Urology Nurses of Canada (UNC), and Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada).

  • The NSWOCC Power of 3

    As healthcare spending in Canada continues to climb, pressure on healthcare administrators to deliver cost-efficient care is intensifying—and policymakers are ever-more focused on ensuring quality and system sustainability. Wound, ostomy and continence challenges are common across all Canadian healthcare settings—and their management places a financial burden on the healthcare system. Registered Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOCs) can help alleviate the financial strain facing administrators and policymakers through the provision of higher quality care, reduced costs and improved outcomes for patients.

  • NSWOCC and CSCRS Preoperative Stoma Marking Position Statement Launch

    Preoperative Stoma Site Marking for Fecal Diversions: Ileostomy and Colostomy:

    Position Statement of the Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (CSCRS) and the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC).

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Troy Curtis,

Manager of Membership & Communications

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