History

The Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Chapter (WOCNC) was initiated on 12 May 2017 by a group of likeminded nurses who specialised in Wound, Ostomy and Continence care. Through this chapter, we hope to create an awareness, of our specialisation and presence both locally and internationally. We strive to raise the standards of care in WOC management using evidence-based practice and provision of continuing education programs for nurses, healthcare personnel and carers.

Objectives

  • To promote and maintain a high standard in the practice and development of Wound, Ostomy and Continence care.
  • Create platform for nurses with passion for Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing to share ideas, best practices and transform key challenges.
  • Organize or participate in Wound, Ostomy and Continence conferences e.g. Wound Healing Seminar, Burn Injuries, World Ostomy Day, APETNA, WCET, Continence Week and invite speakers from healthcare industries for learning.
  • Organize and conduct courses / workshops for nurses.
  • Participate and / or submit abstracts/ publications locally or internationally.
  • Identify the levels of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing competencies so as to accomplish their roles as Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses.
  • Utilize data analysis to generate data to improve patient outcomes via research and evidence-based practices. Provide resources to those seeking advice or opinion on matters related to Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing.
  • Collaborate with support from the Ostomates and any other associations that are seeking advice, as well as continence promotional activities.

Membership

  • Opened to those who are WOCN trained.
  • Opened to those who are providing clinical service related to Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and those who are interested to learn more about Wound, Ostomy and Continence.
  • Must be SNA members.

Vision

Promote innovative, safe evidence-based nursing care for patients with Wounds, Ostomy and Incontinence.

Mission

To provide a platform that foster collaboration among WOC Nurses towards innovative excellence.

Terms of Reference

  • Provide a learning platform for professional sharing and support on the use of different Wound, Ostomy and Continence applications, challenges and issues faced.
  • Foster higher education and skills needed in order to be successful in both practice and education environments that use Wound, Ostomy and Continence in the delivery of safe care.
  • Promote continuing education and greater awareness of Wound, Ostomy and Continence in the healthcare delivery system and possible career development opportunities.

Activities

  1. Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  2. Recruitment exercise
  3. Colorectal Cancer Support Group Meeting
  4. Annual World Ostomy Day (October)
  5. Year-end party for Colorectal cancer survivor
  6. Education program with CPE point e.g. Workshop / Seminar / Conference/ Course
  7. Continence Promotions activities

Office bearers

Chairperson                     Ms Ong Choo Eng

Vice Chairperson             Ms Esther Thng

Advisor                            Dr Juriyah Yatim

Secretary                         Ms Nur Madalinah Tan

Asst. Secretary                 Ms Tina Lai

Treasurer                         Ms Jennifer Tan

Asst. Treasurer                 Ms Teresa Lim

Education Officer             Ms Mary Chan

Asst. Education Officer    Ms Phyllis Tan Chor Hui

Members                         Ms Camelia Dou

                                        Ms Coreen Low

                                        Ms Lim Pui Yee

                                        Mr Stephen Tan Teck Kwang

 

WOCNC Logo & badge

  • The DNA structure consists of two strands that wind around each other like a twisted ladder made up of nurses who are experts in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Care.
  • Each strand has a backbone which represents a nurse from the restructured hospital, private hospital, community hospital, nursing home and independent nursing services.
  • The colour changes signify the transient of time from the past, present and future.
  • The continuity of the DNA structure shows the strong bond over time throughcommunication, education, expert sharing, community outreach program, resource agent and integration of current and best practises.

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