R.B. Turnbull, Jr. MD, School of WOC Nursing

Cleveland Clinic's R.B. Turnbull, Jr., MD School of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (WOC), which was established as the first WOC school in the world nearly fifty years ago, will prepare you to play a vital role in pre- and post-operative management of the person with an ostomy; to be instrumental in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, fistula, and other skin disorders; and to be a specialist in the care of patients with urinary and fecal incontinence.

You'll acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to provide patients with effective psychological support, discharge planning, rehabilitative counseling and follow-up care.



Why Become a WOC Nurse?

People with ostomies, fistulae, pressure ulcers and incontinence have very special needs. Recognizing these needs and the concerns you may have about them, Cleveland Clinic employs a team of nurses, called Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses, devoted specifically to helping you overcome any initial anxiety or insecurity you may feel.

Our WOC nurses are all board certified by a professional organization and have received special training. They keep abreast of state-of-the-art equipment and treatment programs and quickly make such innovations available to patients.

WOC nurses expertise makes them valuable not only in the hospital; but also in outpatient clinics, private practice, home care, at extended care facilities, in industry and research, and in nursing education programs. They are in demand in colorectal surgery, urology, pediatrics, oncology and rehabilitation departments, to name a few.

2013 WOC Spring Symposium Conference Handouts

Consultations and Referring Physicians

For Outpatient Appointments:

  • Colorectal Surgery: 216.444.5404
  • Toll free: 800.223.2273, ext. 4-5404

To Refer a Patient:

  • Our Referring Physician Hotline is available 24 hours a day. Call 855.REFER.123 or 855.733.3712

For Hospital Consultations:

  • Ask your physician to write an order for an WOC nursing consultation