Great news in nursing!  The American Nurses Association (ANA) now formally recognizes wound, ostomy, and continence nursing as a specialty.

Ostomy and continence hold an important place in the nursing practice and the ANA will apply their strict standards and procedures in nursing to this specific and essential field of nursing care.

This change will help ensure public safety and ongoing research in the nursing care of Ostomy patients, helping to provide the best clinical research, treatments, and education of ostomy.

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) was founded in 1968 and now represents 4,200 experts in the treatment and care of patients and believe this recognition by the ANA is a milestone for this specialty in health care.

This recognition is a big move in the advancement of treatment!

Here’s the press release announcement: