Linda J. Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN, is director of wound ostomy continence (WOC) nursing education for Cleveland Clinic health system. The WOC nursing education program is part of Cleveland Clinic’s prestigious R.B. Turnbull, Jr., MD School of WOC Nursing, which was established in 1958 as the first WOC School in the world. A 1990 graduate of the program herself, Stricker is board certified in the WOC nursing specialty and has a long history of providing WOC nursing care for patients across the care continuum. Among her notable accomplishments, Stricker successfully developed and launched a fully accredited online WOC education program and, in 2013, established the Cleveland Clinic WOC Nursing Hall of Fame award.
Stricker’s more than 35-year nursing career also includes experience in neonatal and pediatric intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology and home care. Additionally, she has owned and managed her own wound ostomy continence and nursing education consulting business for nearly 10 years. She actively serves as a lecturer on regional and state levels on wound and ostomy topics, is highly involved in both the national and the Mideast Region Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Society and is a long-time educator with experience as an adjunct faculty member, education specialist and more. Stricker’s published works include publications such as American Journal of Nursing and Journal of Interprofessional Care.
- M.S.N. with a Minor in Education, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona, 2009
- Graduate, R.B. Turnbull, Jr., MD School of Enterostomal Therapy (Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, 1990
- B.S.N., University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1979
Credentials and Certifications
- Certified in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (CWOCN), Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board
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A driven and engaged leader, Stricker brings extensive experience and expertise to a unique specialty nursing area that is in high demand. As part of her role, Stricker has spent ample time developing learning activities on cultural diversity, test taking skills for high stakes exams, WOC considerations for the patient of special size, effects of diabetes on the WOC patient and effective use of learning strategies for WOC nursing education programs. She excels in the planning and coordination of symposiums, courses and workshops for the WOC nursing profession, such as Cleveland Clinic’s “Sharpen your Skills” course series and, most recently, the Planning Chair of the 2014 Mideast Region Conference.
Clinical Practice & Teaching
Stricker’s clinical expertise lies within the areas of wound ostomy continence, pediatric and neonatal intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, and home care nursing.
Stricker has spent the majority of her nursing career in teaching and educator roles. From her current position as a WOC nursing education faculty member to her positions as a clinical consultant in continuing education and an educational specialist in competency development and more, education is at the core of her work. Stricker has taught at the following institutions:
- Terra Community College, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Fremont, Ohio
- Lorain County Community College, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Elyria, Ohio
Research & Publications
From the American Journal of Nursing to Wound Care Essentials and the Journal of Interprofessional Care, Stricker’s published works span the nursing and healthcare industries. She is an avid lecturer on the topics of wound and ostomy nursing and nursing care, speaking both locally and regionally.
- Member, Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
- Participant, Document Reviews for WOCN Standards of Care and Curriculum Blueprints
- Treasurer, Mideast Region of the WOCN
- Past Trustee, Mideast Region of the WOCN
- Past Monthly Column Contributor, “Ask the Healthcare Professional,” Lifestyles Magazine of the Fremont, Ohio area