Smith & Nephew educational grant supports vital role of wound care nurses
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 9, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN;
LSE: SN), the global medical technology business, today announces a new
educational relationship with the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
(WOCN®). Through a restricted educational grant, Smith & Nephew is supporting
Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week, which honors the care WOC
nurses provide to millions of patients suffering from chronic wounds, ostomies
and urinary and fecal incontinence.
"Every WOC nurse makes a significant difference in the lives of patients and
their families by directing and providing compassionate care," said Patricia
Burns, a former WOC nurse and now Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Smith
& Nephew. "The WOC nurse requires specialized clinical education to care for
the unique needs of these patients. We want to raise awareness of this nursing
specialty and the contributions it makes."
There is an increasing prevalence of chronic wounds of all types that encumber
patients and health care systems with significant personal and financial
burdens. This creates increased demand for WOC nurses, especially as the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) transition to value-based
purchasing, prompting healthcare facilities to carefully implement best
practices and employ specialists to prevent and manage patients' wounds.
A key goal of WOC Nurse Week (April 13 to April 19) is increasing awareness of
the pivotal role WOC nurses play in providing optimal patient care in multiple
healthcare settings. These include inpatient, outpatient, long-term care and
home health. WOC nurses must complete specialized education beyond basic
nursing education, including hands-on clinical training and certification.
They share expert clinical skills, help control costs and ensure compliance
while working toward improved patient care through positive outcomes, advocacy
and the education of patients and families.
"Many chronic wound patients can be cured or at least see marked improvement
with skilled treatment, and it's critically important to continue to train and
support WOC nurses to provide the necessary standard of care for these
conditions," said Burns.
To learn more about the vital role of WOC nurses, please visit
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healthcare professionals improve people's lives. With leadership positions in
Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and
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