The Rutgers School of NursingCamden (N.J.) will receive accreditation for its wound ostomy continence nursing education program, one of three graduate level specialty nursing certificates in the country, according to a news release.
The Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society board of directors recently approved its accreditation committees recommendation to grant a seven-year accreditation to the RutgersCamden program pending final reports.
The accreditation process is really valuable since it gives program designers the opportunity to have their educational creation assessed and validated for excellence, Janice Beitz, PhD, RN, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APN, professor of nursing and RutgersCamden WOCNEP director, said in the release.
The 14-credit program, which began in the fall 2013 semester, is open to RNs with a bachelors degree and a minimum of one year of clinical nursing experience following licensure. Once certified, these nurses provide acute and rehabilitative care for patients with wound ostomy and continence in multiple healthcare settings, including inpatient, outpatient, long-term and home healthcare. The program also prepares students for the national certification exam in wound ostomy continence nursing, according to the release.
Between 500,000 and 800,000 Americans are estimated to be living with an ostomy due to gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integumentary disorders.
There is an enormous need right now for wound, ostomy and continence nursing due to the aging population and chronic illness, Beitz said in the release. You have to have expert care when it comes to these issues. Patients require expert care both in the hospital and at home.
The first cohort of six students in the RutgersCamden program is working toward completing the clinical component of the WOCNEP. Following completion of the clinical portion, the accreditation officially will be granted, Beitz said.