Wound Ostomy & Continence Institute

Canada's Online Continuing Educational Resource for nurses and allied health professionals managing patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence. 

Educational Programs

  • Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN™) Program

    The Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Institute, developed the Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN™) Program in response to the growing need in Canada for healthcare professionals with advanced wound, ostomy and continence knowledge. The NSWOCC and WOC-Institute developed the paced online SWAN™ education program as a means to support and empower NSWOCs and improve clinical outcomes by enhancing wound, ostomy and continence care teams. The SWAN™ program prepares non-specialty nurses to provide basic, bedside wound, ostomy and continence care.

  • Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

    The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute – WOC-EP provides Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses with post graduate education and preparation for Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification in the wound, ostomy and continence tri-specialty with a focus on quality clinical and cost outcomes.

    Students take four courses: Ostomy Management/Ostomy placement, Continence Management/Continence placement, Wound Management/Wound placement and Professional Practice/No clinical placement. It is estimated that students will spend 10 – 20 hours per week in study.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Toolkit

    Given the dramatic increase in the use of PPEs by Canadian healthcare professionals related to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, the NSWOCC is providing an evidence summary for the prevention and management of PPE-related skin injuries. This report, along with a package including a quick reference enabler, video, and PowerPoint is available to assist those on the front lines caring for patients from suffering skin breakdown during this difficult time.

    The Toolkit contains the following:

    Click the links to download.

    1. Best Practice Recommendation document

    2. Quick Reference Enabler

    3. Educational video

    4. Teaching powerpoint 

    5. Prévention et traitement des lesions cutanées liées aux équipements de protection individuelle


    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). 


    Avec emphase particulière pour les patients en soins critiques atteints de la COVID-19. 

    L’objectif de ce document est de fournir aux professionnels de la santé des recommandations pour la prévention et la gestion des problèmes d'intégrité de la peau fréquemment rencontrés chez les patients en soins critiques. Dans le contexte actuel de pandémie à la COVID-19 il est important que les professionnels de la santé soient au courant des principales altérations cutanées chez les patients en soins critiques. Les problèmes cutanés fréquemment rencontrés incluent: déchirures cutanées (DCs), Dommages cutanées associés à l’humidité (DCAH), lésion cutanée associée aux adhésifs médicaux (LCAAM), lésions de pressions (LPs) et lésions associées aux équipements médicaux (LAEM). 

Educational Videos

Connect with our team

Britney Butt,

SWAN Program Lead

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc,

WOC Institute Chair

Nicole Denis,

Preceptorship Coordinator

Suzanne Sarda,

Executive Assistant | Registrar


66 Leopolds Drive

Ottawa, Ontario K1V 7E3

Toll Free: 888-739-5072

Email: office@nswoc.ca

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