The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Program (WOCNEP) prepares nurses to:
The program is structured to meet the learning needs of today’s adult learner. The curriculum aligns with WOCN® (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™) standards. The program is delivered in an accelerated, seven-week online format. Students can take one, two or all three specialties.
This course introduces the student to the role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse (W)C). The historical evolution of the WOC Nurse is reviewed. Students compare role responsibilities of the WOC nurse, including clinician/consultant, patient/staff education, and leadership/management. The process of research utilization and the contributions of evidence-based practice to the implementation of the WOC Nurse role responsibilities are examined. The collaborative interprofessional functions of the WOC nurse are explored. Professional issues, such as legal and ethical considerations, accountability, professional standards, budgetary management, data management, reimbursement issue, and national health policy are addressed.
Student examine principles of skin and wound care for clients across the lifespan. The pathophysiology of acute and chronic wound and skin disorders is presented to expand student understanding of normal anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system and would healing. Assessment and diagnostic methods and treatment and preventive plans are developed for clients at risk for wound development or threats to wound healing. Students combine principles of wound care to identify actual or potential would and skin problems, safe, evidence-based interventions, and characteristics of competent patient care. Students advance in theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, differential diagnosis and decision-making skills in caring for clients with skin and wound needs.
This course builds upon the scientific underpinnings of NUR 720 Advanced Anesthetic Management for Special Procedures I. This didactic course is designed to facilitate the translation of science, research data and judgment into safe and effective clinical practice. Students are challenged to apply knowledge, critical thinking skills, and judgment in developing strategies for the management of patients undergoing head and neck procedures, plastic/reconstructive, trauma, burn, organ transplant surgical procedures and off-site anesthesia services. Case presentations and interactive discussions will provide a forum for intellectual exchange in which communication skills are further enhanced.
La Salle’s Nursing program educates professionals prepared as leaders in practice, service, scholarship, and education—contributing to the advancement of the health and well-being of communities.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, on average, nurse practitioners earn around $118,000 a year.
La Salle’s BSN, MSN, DNP and APRN post-master’s certificate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Also, our Post-BSN WOCNEP has received a full 7-year accreditation through December 31, 2028 by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society ™ (WOCN®).