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WOCN Continuing Education

Critical Connections: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Adult Chronic Illness and WOC Nursing

Mar 4, 2021 12:00am ‐ Mar 4, 2024 11:59pm

Credits: None available.

Standard: $25.00
Members: $0.00


Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)

1.25 - Contact Hours

0 - Pharmacology

Release Date: 03/04/2021

Expiration Date: 03/04/2024

Credit Information:

Nurses – ANCC Accreditation Statements

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

DISCLAIMER: Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply ANCC or WOCN Society endorsement of any commercial product or service.

Target Audience: RN, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Professionals who work with WOC patients.

To Receive Credit:

Complete the activity in its entirety.

Complete/submit the posttest and evaluation.

Print out your certificate and/or save to your computer. It will also be saved to your CEC account.

Program Overview:

Chronic wounds, inflammatory bowel diseases, and pelvic floor disorders are affected by many factors, but have you considered exposure to childhood adversity as a risk for these conditions? Science emerging from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study demonstrates a dose- response relationship with chronic illness and health risk behaviors in adulthood that overlap significantly with risk factors for wound, ostomy, continence care issues. This session will review the science of ACEs, specifically scrutinizing neuroscience, epigenetics, and resilience factors from the perspective of the WOC nurse. This session will identify the significant gap in scientific literature in this milieu and calls for research to better understand critical connections among ACEs, adult chronic illness, and skin, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary manifestations.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, the WOC nurse will report an intention to use knowledge about how adverse childhood events can influence health later in life to improve the quality of therapeutic communication with their patient.


The planners and faculty for this session reported no relevant relationships with commercial interest organizations. This presentation was reviewed to ensure no bias was present.

Commercial Support or Non-Commercial Sponsorship:

There is no commercial support or non-commercial sponsorship for this activity.


  • Dr. Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN-AP, CRNP, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and WOCNEP Director, Rutgers University Camden
  • Rebecca Bryan, DNP, AGPCNP, APN, Director of Community Outreach and Professional Development, Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden
Category: Wound


  • 1.25 - Contact Hours
  • 0.00 - Pharmacology

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