The role of the WOC nurse remains as valuable now in the 21st century as it was 50 years ago. The WOC nurse is an important member of the health care team, providing care to patients with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. Numerous advancements made in the medical and surgical treatments, wound management spanning to entire anatomic regions, and the associated management has transformed how care is delivered. Technology enables complex procedures through single incisions to decrease initial wound burden. Understanding the internal and external wound burden is a vital part of next generation, multidisciplinary wound management. This presentation will focus on how advances in technology, medical and surgical treatments influences WOC nurse practice and new opportunities to expand the role.
The learner will be able to recognize the changing role of the WOC nursing specialty as complex surgeries evolve to single incisions measured in millimeters, and shorter hospital stay.