WOCN Conference 2018

PP411 - Partnering for the Future – Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration)

Jun 5, 2018 3:10pm ‐ Jun 5, 2018 4:10pm



Do you struggle with not having enough WOC nurses to meet the patient needs in your facility or practice area? The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) and Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) programs can be a game changer. By training your front level clinicians in the basics of evidence-based wound and ostomy care, the reach of the WOC nursing staff can be extended. WTA and OCA trained clinicians can be your eyes on the ground to help identify issues when they first appear and provide early evidence-based interventions as well as give accurate first-hand information to the rest of the WOC nurse team and providers. This session will show two approaches to integrating the WTA and OCA programs into your practice, whether you’re in the hospital, nursing facility or home health space. Come and learn the value of the WTA and OCA programs for yourself!

Learning Objective:

  • Attendees of this session will understand the value of and different approaches to developing the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) and Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) programs, in order to understand how to employ these programs in their own care settings.


  • Gisele Castonguay, APRN, CWOCN, Nurse Practitioner, Central Maine Medical Center
  • Sara Coverstone, RN, MA, Director, Home Care Compliance and Risk Management, OSF HealthCare

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