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Date:4/7/2008

Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society Celebrates 40 Years of Specialized

Care in the U.S. and Abroad April 13-19

MT LAUREL, N.J., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The year 1968 was pivotal in the history of the United States, the world and Enterostomal Therapy (ET) Nursing. The end of the Kennedy/Johnson presidencies, the assassination of Martin Luther King and the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War influenced world events. And so too did an informal meeting that led to the formation of the International Association of Enterostomal Therapists. Now known as the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society, the Society is celebrating 40 years of pioneering work in the field. Over four decades, thousands of nurses and allied health professionals have applied their expertise to assisting WOC patients in every corner of the world. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Week, celebrated April 13 - 19, pays tribute to the health care professionals who have made wound, ostomy and continence care their life's work.

The Beginnings

The 1960's were characterized by one word -- change. One of decade's most important pieces of social legislation was the passage of the Medicare bill, which provided for at least a minimum amount of medical care for those on Social Security. With more people being admitted to the hospital and presenting with urologic conditions, stomal complications and other issues, specially trained health care professionals were in demand to assist patients in managing the outcomes of surgical procedures and equipping them to use the surgical products designed for urinary stomas and bowel diversions. The crux of their work was educational -- educating patients and other health care professionals in managing intestinal stomas, fistula, draining wounds and incontinence

Across the globe, soldiers wounded in Vietnam were being treated in the field, military hospitals and state side for urological injuries and
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