Hello from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) We are so pleased you are passionate about Ostomy and Wound Care and are looking at certification.
As a certification board, we can't speak to how easy it is to find a job with or without certification, but I can say that overall, the WOCNCB certified nurses earn more than their uncertitifed colleagues.
To become certified by the WOCNCB, RNs must pass a 90 question certification exam for each specialty (W, O &/or C).
Nurses show their eligibility for certification by having an active RN license, have completed a bachelors degree, and having completed educational programs accredited by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN(R)) or meeting "experiential pathway" criteria. Nurses choose their eligibility path based on time, location, cost of the programs, family situation, etc.
The "experiential pathway" requires 50 CEs/CMEs earned within the last 5 years , PLUS 1500 direct patient contact hours withing the last 5 years , (375 within the year prior to application.) So, hands on experience is really important for nurses who don't attend an educational program.
Why all this work - the ed program or the "pathway"? Because the WOCNCB wants the applicants to pass exams - and this amount of work & study leads to successful test taking!
for more info about certification, go to Home - Wound Care Certification - WOCNCB
for info about the education programs, go to Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)
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