WOCN Conference 2018

PP307 - Relationship of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certified Nurses and Healthcare-Acquired Conditions in Acute Care Hospitals

Jun 4, 2018 11:00am ‐ Jun 4, 2018 12:00pm



This session focuses on the impact of WOC nurse certification on patient outcomes. Diane Boyle and Sandra Bergquist-Beringer will present their study that evaluated the influence of certified WOC nurses on two common healthcare-acquired conditions prevalent in acute care facilities, pressure injury and catheter-associated urinary tract infection. These researchers will provide evidence that CWOCN, CWCN, and CWONs are an important factor in achieving better pressure injury outcomes in the acute care setting and will also describe the non-significant relationship found between hospital employment of certified continence care nurses and catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates. Dr. Boyle and Dr. Bergquist-Beringer will discuss the implication of their findings and strategies for further research.

Learning Objective:

  • Describe the relationship of WOC employment and healthcare acquire conditions (pressure injury, CAUTI) in acute care hospitals.


  • Diane Boyle, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Wyoming Excellence Chair in Nursing, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, University of Wyoming
  • Sandra Bergquist-Beringer, PhD, RN, CWCN, Professor, University of Kansas, School of Nursing

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