Methodology: Surveys will be mailed in January of 2008 to graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program who have attended at least one of the WOC classes. The survey will gather demographic data, type of facility the nurse practices in, type of patients the nurse cares for, percentage of patients the nurse encounters with WOC related diagnoses, recall of information taught in the WOC classes, and impact on their nursing practice. Data will be analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the CWOCN educational program: its perceived impact on nursing practice and patient outcomes. The results will be presented at the conference.
Conclusion: The authors hypothesize that a CWOCN educational program provided during nursing school can positively impact the graduate nurse, resulting in knowledge and skills to better serve patients. The survey will serve not only as a tool to improve future education of nursing students, but to further justify the multidimensional role that CWOCNs play in promoting quality WOC care by collaborating with a baccalaureate nursing program.