The Role of a WOC Nurse

Wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nursing is a multifaceted, evidence based practice incorporating a unique body of knowledge to provide excellence in prevention, health maintenance, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitative nursing care to persons with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integument systems.

This complex, interdependent specialty encompasses the care of all patient populations across the continuum of care while providing a pivotal role as educator, researcher and resource throughout the healthcare community. WOC nursing directs its efforts at improving the quality of life for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence concerns.

The North Central Region of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses’ Society is a Regional Affiliate of the National Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses’ Society. Our regional group provides an opportunity for organized exploration and discussion in an environment suited to meet the needs of a local group. Our membership includes over 200 certified WOC nurses throughout the North Central Region including Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Our purpose is to organize and sponsor educational opportunities, support leadership and professional development, encourage evidenced-based nursing practices and advocate for the delivery of quality health care to all individuals with a wound, ostomy or continence related issue.