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WOCN Society and Sage Products Proudly Present: Partners in Prevention

The WOCN Society and Sage share the core philosophy of prevention—WOC nurses use evidence-based care and prevention strategies with their patients, while Sage develops products that prevent skin damage. Both understand that evidence-based interventions will lead to improved patient outcomes.

Together, the WOCN Society and Sage Products have formed the Partners in Prevention program, which provides WOC nurses with the tools they need to prevent hospital-acquired conditions through various initiatives, including a webinar series, symposium and poster presenter travel awards.

2017 Partners in Prevention: Culture of Safety Webinar Series

Changing Your Viewfinder: Culture of Safety for the Patient and the Nurse

Presenter: Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm ET

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Safety for our patients is a high priority in every unit, and this demand for patient care excellence increases every day, week and year. In our complex systems, we need to understand the inherent fallibility in humans as well as the risk of system failure associated with equipment and devices used in tightly inter-woven work processes. Organizations that strive to create high reliability around error reduction demonstrates four cultural characteristics: (1) preoccupation with failure, (2) reluctance to simplify interpretations, (3) sensitivity to operations/systems, and (4) commitment to resilience (working until it is fixed) with a willingness to take action.

The importance of preventing hospital acquired skin injuries and achieving early mobilization while protecting the caregiver from injury is part of a strong safety culture. We can deliver value to our patients and our facilities by creating a culture of safety to protect patients from harm while ensuring safety of the caregiver.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create the link of advocacy to fundamental nursing care practices and a healthy nurse.
  2. Discuss transforming a culture that creates safety for the patient and staff while achieving evidence based outcomes.
  3. Understand the current state of the practice for early mobility, pressure injury prevention, safe patient handling, and falls

About the Speaker:
Ms. Vollman is a critical care clinical nurse specialist, educator and consultant. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including pulmonary care, critical care, prevention of health care acquired injuries, work culture and sepsis recognition and management. From 1989 to 2003, she functioned in the role of clinical nurse specialist for the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Currently, her company ADVANCING NURSING LLC., is focused on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. Ms. Vollman is a subject matter expert for catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), sepsis and culture of safety for the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) and the Michigan Hospital Association (MHA). In 2004, Kathleen was inducted into the College of Critical Care Medicine. In 2009, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses (ANA). In 2012, Ms. Vollman was appointed to serve as an honorary ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN).

This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Sage Products. The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products and services.

Designing Solutions for Creating a Culture of Safety for the Patient and the Nurse

Presenters: Susan L. Salsbury, OTR/L, CDMS, CSPHP, and Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm ET

This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Sage Products. The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products and services.

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2016 Partners in Prevention Webinar Series

Can You Hear Me Now? Having Your Voice Heard in the Value Analysis Process

Presenter: Sue Creehan, MSN, RN, CWON
Date:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time:  1:00 pm ET

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Progress and Challenges in Perioperative Pressure Ulcer (Injury) Prevention

Presenter: Susan Scott, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm ET

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Sage First Time Poster Presenter Travel Scholarship Award

Sage also offers first-time poster presenters with travel scholarships for the WOCN Society's Annual Conference. This award was designed to provide awards to first time poster presenters whose research focuses on prevention to help alleviate the cost of attending the WOCN Society's Annual Conference. This scholarship can be used to offset conference expenses including registration, hotel, airfare and meals.

The Partners in Prevention program is commercially supported through an educational grant from Sage Products.

About Sage Products, Inc.

Sage's core belief is prevention—that evidence-based interventions will lead to improved outcomes. This belief led to the birth of Interventional Patient Hygiene, a nursing action plan focused on fortifying patients' host defenses with evidence-based care. By promoting a return to the basics of nursing care, our advanced patient hygiene products and programs help health care facilities improve clinical outcomes by reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infection and skin breakdown.

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