Our journal: Meeting a diversity of needs
For referencing Prentice J. Our journal: Meeting a diversity of needs. WCET® Journal 2019; 39(1):6
Collaboratively the WCET® Board and the journal publisher and editor are addressing MEDLINE indexing criteria to achieve our goal of being granted MEDLINE indexed status. In addressing the required criteria, we have for the first time, as published within this issue, stated the aims and scope of the journal, which are broadly reflective of the ethos of the WCET®.
On reflection of the stated aims and scope it highlights the diverse nature of the specialty of wound ostomy and continence nursing; the diverse challenges specialists in these fields face across the globe and within our respective countries, health services and health educational systems. Finally, it highlights the diverse range of peoples we care for with wound, stoma or continence issues within vastly different cultural and societal norms.
The diversity of something is defined by the fact that it contains very many different elements1. Diversity according to Queensborough Community College “is a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences …along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies”2.
Diversity is also an inherent factor in healthcare that encompasses a range of differences in relation to patient demographics (disease process, gender, age, culture, and education) that in combination result in dissimilar needs and preferences, which may create both barriers and opportunities3. Leadership with healthcare organisations and professional bodies is required to assist health professionals to deal with the challenges of diversity in healthcare4.
Within our specialty, even our titles including enterostomal therapists (ET) and stomal therapy, stoma care, tissue viability, continence care or wound ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses indicates diversity. Whatever our titles, as nurses who are charged with providing effective evidenced-based, safe, person-centred care we are also expected to be able to manage diversity on a day to day basis by understanding, valuing and integrating a person’s individual and differing needs and situations into the plan of care5.
WCET® as a professional body is committed to supporting life-long learning of nurses in our speciality globally through provision of the WCET® Journal. The scope of articles published within the journal reflects the diverse and often complex nature of wound, ostomy and continence nursing. The benefits of shared expertise through publication within the Journal assists with managing diversity by providing insight into how patient, health service, educational or political barriers maybe ameliorated or provide opportunities for improvement across these arenas and assist with the practicalities of clinical care.
The range of topics within this current issue speak to the diverse and complex problems wound, ostomy and continence nurses deal with from a clinical, research and humanitarian perspective. Lee et al discuss the phenomena of drug induced Pyoderma gangrenosum, while Perez describes the complexity of managing multiple ostomies and fistula in a patient with bowel and bladder cancer. The association between ostomy adjustment and stigma within a Chinese population are identified by Xu et al. Point of care technology is explored by Smart et al whose exploratory research sought to validate no-touch infrared surface thermometry devices ability to predict wound-related infection.
We also celebrate our diversity through the continuing partnership with the International Interprofessional Wound Care Group (IIWCG) for which the WCET® Journal also serves as their official journal.
Translation of the journal into Chinese, and later this year into other languages, specifically for WCET® members further demonstrates the WCET® Board’s commitment to acknowledging and meeting the diverse needs of its membership.
With Kind Regards
某一事物的多样性是指其含有许多非常不同的元素1。根据皇后社区学院（Queensborough Community College）的定义，多样性“是个体和群体从人种、种族、性别、性取向、社会经济地位、年龄、身体能力、宗教信仰、政治信仰或其他意识形态方面的广泛人口和哲学差异中所创造的现实”2。
本期杂志的主题范围涉及伤口、造口术和失禁护士在临床、研究和人道主义方面需要处理的多样化和复杂的问题。Lee等人讨论了药物导致的坏疽性脓皮病现象，Perez描述了在一位大肠癌和膀胱癌患者身上管理多个造口和瘘管时的复杂性。Xu等人在中国人群里发现了造口术适应性与病耻感之间的关联。 Smart等人探讨了治疗点技术（Point of care technology）。他们的探索性研究旨在验证非接触红外线表面温度测量仪预测伤口相关感染的能力。
PhD, BN, RN, FAWMA
- Collins English Dictionary https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/diversity accessed 8th March 2019
- Queensborough Community College, Queensborough University New York. http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/diversity/definition.html accessed 8th March 2019.
- Celik H, Abma TA, Widdershoven GA & van Wijmen FCB et al. Implementation of diversity in healthcare practices: Barriers and opportunities. Patient Education and Counselling 71 (2008) 65–71.
- The Sullivan Commission. The Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. 2004, Atlanta, GA.
- National health Service: Education for Scotland. Equality Diversity. www.effectivepractitioner.nes.scot.nhs.uk accessed 8th March 2019