Christine Kim, OstomyConnection Founder, blogger and content marketer, was kind enough to write an amazing blog for the WOCN Society, highlighting the 2015 Conference.
I had the honor of attending the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse (WOCN®) Society’s 47th Annual Conference in San Antonito, TX.
This event was created for nurses to gain insights from industry leaders, develop new skills, network with fellow WOC professionals, and earn continuing education credits.
It was incredible meeting nurses from across the country, hearing incredible stories and learning more about their vital role in caring for ostomy patients.
Here are a few inspiring messages WOC Nurses want you to know…
"The stoma can and often does make you healthy again, but it does not make you any more or any less of a person. Do not allow the stoma to define who you are."
– Coleen Potts, CWOCN, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. Ileostomy since 1991
"You’re not going to welcome it (ostomy) with open arms, but someday you’re going to look at it differently and appreciate what its done for your life, I know I did. You and me together, we're gonna do this."
– Margaret Goldberg, CWOCN, Delray Wound Treatment Center, Florida. Ileostomy since 1969
"You are stronger than you think. You already have the life experience to cope with adversity and challenges, just draw upon those "tools" to give you the resiliency you need to be in charge of your ostomy, and not let the ostomy be in charge of you!"
– Rita Whitney, CWOCN, Medical Center of Lewisville, Texas
WOC Nurses have a pledge, it's ostomy care. They are highly prepared experts who treat complex wounds, ostomy issues, and incontinence.
WOC Nurses have a passion, it's patients. They hear our voices when we call. They’ll be a shoulder when we cry. And when our hope is gone, they’re near. It makes no difference who you are, they’re our angels.
They know all we need is time, give us hope for better days and they won't dare let us give up the fight.
Sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to all WOC Nurses for their dedication to caring for ostomates.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a wound that won't heal, facing ostomy surgery, or having problems with incontinence…you deserve a WOC Nurse!
Find a wound, ostomy and continence nurse in your area HERE.