Serving as the clinical nurse specialist for patients with complex wounds, ostomies and/or incontinence at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Kathy Cook, RN APN MSN CWOCN, also makes time for other responsibilities. As a member of WOCN – Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society – she was recently called to serve as a content reviewer of a best practice document for clinicians entitled “Pressure Ulcer Evaluation: best practice for clinicians.”
“As a member of WOCN I am able to apply my knowledge of wound care not only to my patients at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, but also to fellow members across the nation,” said Cook.
This Campton Hills resident knew from the tender age of eight that nursing was her calling - and with 35 years of experience, she has a vast amount of knowledge, understanding and care that she provides to each of her patients.
As a WOC nurse, Cook provides acute and rehabilitative needs for people with selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and/or integumentary system. She implements direct care to people with abdominal stomas, wounds, fistulas, drains, pressure ulcers, and/or continence disorders. As a WOC nurse, Cook plays a key role in the guidance of optimal patient care.
“The reason I choose nursing is because I wanted to help alleviate any suffering people may experience, and allow them to live their lives to the fullest,” said Cook.
Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 4,200 healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.