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Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse

A Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse cares for patients with wounds caused by medical treatments, diseases or injuries.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll also provide post-surgery treatment for patients with ostomies, surgical openings that allow for the elimination of bodily waste.
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What you’ll do


You’ll work with a healthcare team to decide on next steps, such as antibiotics, surgery and other treatments.


You’ll maintain records for health insurance purposes.


You’ll teach patients and caregivers about wound care, and how to prevent bedsores and infections.


You’ll care for wounds, prevent bedsores and develop treatment plans for patients.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Home health care
  • Long-term care centers
  • Nursing homes
How to become a Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Get your Wound, Ostomy, Continence and/or Foot Care and/or Advanced Practice and/or Wound Treatment Associate Certification

through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification Board.


You’re ready to work as a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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