CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center announces ostomy care services are available locally. 

In 2013, Mercy Registered Nurse Jodie Atkinson successfully met the criteria and passed the national board exam to become certified in the area of ostomy nursing care. Atkinson is a resident of Clinton and an employee of Mercy Medical Center – Clinton where she practices as the acute care wound, ostomy and safety nurse. 

“When I began to hear from patients who have been traveling out of town for ostomy nursing care services, I knew there was a need locally,” said Atkinson. “This life-changing surgery comes with its own management challenges,” said Atkinson.

Atkinson is a triple-certified registered nurse. In addition to the ostomy nursing certification she recently attained, she also holds and maintains a wound care and foot care nursing certification through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board. She attended Emory University’s Wound Ostomy Continence Education Programs in Atlanta for all three certifications.

“By earning additional ostomy education, a natural progression from my wound care and foot care certifications, I knew that I could be the nurse a patient can depend on to help them through those challenging times, both physically and emotionally,” Atkinson added.

Certification is a voluntary process designed to protect the consumer and ensure current knowledge in this nursing specialty. Atkinson’s certifications formally recognize the specialty knowledge beyond traditional nursing programs and demonstrate a commitment to high standards in wound, ostomy and foot care nursing. Each specialty has its own didactic and classroom work, along with required clinical hours, working alongside an approved clinical preceptor who specializes in the area of focus.

The WOCNCB ensures the relevance of its credentials by conducting job analyses every five or six years and continuously analyzing and updating exam questions and processes to reflect current practice and the ever-changing evidence base. In addition, WOCNCB’s credentials are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. These accreditations demonstrate the WOCNCB’s commitment to development and administration of a legally defensible and psychometrically sound certification exam.

Atkinson has been a member of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society and is an active committee member with the Iowa affiliate of the WOCN.

Atkinson’s skills are beneficial to patients of Mercy Home Care and Hospice as well as the Mercy Living Centers when needed. Atkinson’s office is at the Mercy - North campus, where she can be reach at 244-5907 Monday through Friday for outpatient consultation.

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