Welcome to the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute – Canada’s online continuing educational resource for nurses and allied health professional managing patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence care.
Bienvenue a l’institut des plaies, des stomies et de la continence: La ressource canadienne de fomation continue en ligne pour les infirmieres et les professionels paramedicaus qui prennent en chage des patients presentant des problemes de plaies, de stomies et de continence.
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NSWOC Program (Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP™)
The NSWOC™ graduate leads Wound, Ostomy and Continence teams, including SWAN™ graduates and has the knowledge, skills and judgment to manage complex patient issues in the areas of Wounds, Ostomy and Continence.
The WOC-EP Prepares Baccalaureate Registered Nurses to become leaders in the practice of the tri-specialty of Wound, Ostomy and Continence and readies them to write the Canadian Nurses Association Certification Examination in Wound, Ostomy and Continence WOCC(C).
Skin Wellness Associate Nurse Program (SWAN™)
The NSWOCC’s WOC Institute 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 RPNs/LPNs to manage stable patients with Wound, Ostomy or Continence issues, the SWAN™ program aims to support and empower NSWOC™ teams to improve clinical outcomes.
Industry Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (ISWA) Program
The NSWOCC and WOC Institute developed the paced online ISWA 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.
Wound Management Program
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)
Practice Enrichment Series for 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.
Advanced Wound Debridement Program
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.
NSWOCC BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SKIN HEALTH AMONG CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS
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).
PRATIQUES EXEMPLAIRES DE L’ISPSCC: INTÉGRITÉ CUTANÉE DES PATIENTS EN SOINS CRITIQUES
PRATIQUES EXEMPLAIRES DE L’ISPSCC: INTÉGRITÉ CUTANÉE DES PATIENTS EN SOINS CRITIQUES Avec emphase particulière pour les patients en soins critiques atteints de la COVID-19.
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 new SWAN Program for LPN/RPNs
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