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This Week Only! Receive 2014 Early Bird Pricing for the 2015 Conference!

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This week only (Tuesday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 13) all attendees will be able to register for the 2015 Conference at the 2014 early bird pricing!

Registration Type

2014 Early Bird Pricing
For ONE WEEK only
(January 6 - 13, 2015)

Early Bird Pricing
(January 14 - April 15, 2015)

After April 15, 2015
and On Site

Member

$400

$475

$525

Non-Member

$475

$625

$675

Student*

$250

$300

$350

 

Other information for you to know…

 

FULL-TIME STUDENT - NEW POLICY
*Full-time students who are studying to become registered nurses (RN) or are in an accredited WOC Program can take advantage of the student fees. Students must show proof of student status (e.g., copy of current enrollment or letter from faculty advisor) with registration.

Click here for a sample of a letter from a faculty advisor.

 

Renew your membership before registering! 
WOCN Members, please make sure that your membership is up to date before beginning the registration process. This will ensure that you receive the correct savings and have a smooth registration experience.  Click here to update your membership now!

 

Take advantage of our GROUP discount! 
Register one person at the full conference price and save 10% on up to 5 additional registrations! To take advantage of this group discount, enter your first registrant and select "Add Another Registrant" on Step 5. Continue registering each person in your group. When you reach the total number in your order, the discount will automatically be reflected for each registrant. Registrants added after you checkout will not be part of the same order and therefore are not eligible for the volume discount.     


Group discount only valid through Monday, June 1, 2015. 

 

Tags:  2015 conference  early bird pricing  wocn annual conference  WOCN annual meeting 

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WOCN® Society Announces Opening Keynote Speaker for 2015 Annual Conference

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, December 22, 2014

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) 47th Annual Conference promises to offer attendees a dynamic program aimed at providing evidence-based knowledge of the latest techniques, applications and treatments related to wound, ostomy and continence issues. The Opening Keynote Speaker, Terri Gaffney, MPA, RN, brings insight and knowledge related to her experience at the American Nurses Association.

Terri is the Senior Director for New Product Development at the American Nurses Association where she is responsible for translating knowledge into products. Among the products she oversees are continuing education, conferences, publications and digital media. Prior to joining the American Nurses Association, Terri was a Vice President of Nursing Communications & Initiatives at Gannett Healthcare Group, a multimedia information and education company. Terri has also served as the Executive Director of the American Academy of Nursing in Washington, DC.

Terri received her BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MPA from Virginia Tech.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The title of her dissertation is Enhancing Patient Safety: Examining Factors Associated with Error Recovery by Medical Surgical Nurses. 

Check back later in 2015 for a special Q & A session from Terri! 

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Leave Your Mark Photo Contest!

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Have you received the latest Fall issue of In It For You? If so, then you should have received your official Leave Your Mark Photo Contest vision board. Whether an educator, consultant, researcher, or administrator, each WOC nurse leaves their mark in a unique way. The WOCN Society would like our members to share how they leave their mark now, in 2015, and beyond!

Share how you are currently leaving your mark or plan to leave your mark on patients, their families, your colleagues, the WOC nursing specialty or the WOCN Society by writing on your vision board. If you choose to participate, snap a picture of you and your vision board and you will be entered to win a special prize and your photo(s) will be featured at the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference in San Antonio!

Here's how the contest works

Members may enter this contest in one of the following ways:

The contest will run until January 5, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Please share as many photos as you would like but note that each person will be entered to win the contest only once. By entering photos into this contest you authorize the use of such photographic reproductions for any purposes including, but not limited to, educational and other public media as may be deemed appropriate by the WOCN Society.

*Only current members are eligible to win.

The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter the week of January 5, 2015 and will also be mentioned in the January edition of the WOCNow.

Questions? Email share@wocn.org.

Tags:  leave your mark  membership  photo contest 

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Lead the Way and Apply to Become a 2015 WOCN Leader Today!

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, November 24, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Are you a leader? Do you have what it takes to be an example for the WOCN Society membership? Have great ideas that you are ready to put into action? Here is your chance! The WOCN Society is now accepting nominations for the following open leadership positions:

As the WOCN Society continues to evolve and grow, the Society will continue to need high caliber member volunteers whose backgrounds, skills, and experience match our mission and its current and future needs. As a valued member, we would like you to consider nominating an individual(s) that would match the qualifications we are seeking. See below for qualifications, election, terms, submission information, and nomination forms.

Area 1, must be from one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, North America (excluding the United States), and South America.

Area 3, must be from one of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Asia, and Oceania.

Please Note: Active members who are employed by a commercial industry that provides products or services as defined in the WOCN policy are not eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION DECEMBER 11, 2014

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Guest Blogger: Stolen Colon

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, November 10, 2014

The first time I saw my stoma

It’s a very strange feeling to wake up after a major surgery and to find something foreign attached to your body. And I knew it was going to be there. (I can’t imagine what it would be like for those who went into emergency surgery and did not know what they were going to wake up with.) But I have to admit, I was pretty good at ignoring the bag that was hanging off of my stomach for a few days, before it was active and when the floor nurses were taking care of emptying it.

But then came the day when the WOC nurses came to see me.

Prior to my surgery, I had been given a lot of information about the surgery and about ostomies and I was also given an ostomy bag to take home. And sure, I held it up to my stomach to see where it would hang, but I didn’t actually stick it onto myself or practice cutting the opening. So when the WOC nurses came to see me, it was all new.

I remember so well that moment they pulled off the bag and there it was: my stoma. The first time I had really seen it, other than a few glances at this red circle inside my new bag. I could see how big it was and how far it stuck out of my stomach and how… scary it was. I think I held my breath for the first minute, but I kept it together while the nurses were there, trying to focus on asking them any questions that I had. My ostomy was pretty active during this first changing, so I just dove right into some of the difficulties with managing one. The WOC nurses were great and showed me how to clean the area and about some of the accessories that would help me take care of it.

But once they had gone, I broke down. I sat there with my husband standing next to me and just cried. It was the first moment of feeling like “what have I done?” and being truly scared of how this would impact the rest of my life. Even as I’m writing this, I feel the tears coming to my eyes because I remember so well that feeling of loss and of helplessness in that moment. But I don’t think the nurses realized exactly how I was feeling. I’ve gotten pretty good at hiding pain and emotions over the years.

And I really did have great nurses all along the way. The nurse I had before my surgery spent a lot of time with me and walked me through the process of picking my stoma spot. I previously thought that my stoma would be low, as in below my pant line. She took the time to explain to me about placement and why it matters. She helped me to understand why the spot we picked was the best spot. And I still think it is.

After the surgery, I had two nurses who came to see me and help me with that first bag change. They came back a day or two later and let me change it so I could get used to doing it, but they were there to help me figure it out and remember all of the steps. They were kind and open to any questions I had about the bag itself and about living with it.

Even after going home, during one of my first bag changes I saw some blood, which of course freaked me out. I called the WOCN department and someone told me that it was entirely normal to see some blood, but if it got worse to come back to see them. She helped alleviate my fears and that was actually the only call I ended up making.

I know I’m not the only one who has felt lost coming out of surgery. And that’s what I want others to understand. When someone goes through this surgery where a part of them is taken away, it’s almost like a death in the family. You immediately feel like your life is changed and there’s no going back to the way it was. A piece of you is forever gone. That’s a hard reality to come to terms with.

And that's what I think is so important for the people taking care of these individuals to understand. Even if the patient is very prepared for this surgery and even excited about going through with it, nothing can prepare you for what it’s like immediately afterwards, when you’re in a lot of pain and on a lot of medications and there’s this squishy red thing hanging out of your stomach. So understand that they are likely having a difficult time adjusting.

Keep telling these people know they are not alone. There is a great support group out there, both in-person and online. Reinforce that there are lots of bag choices and they don’t have to stare through a clear window at their poop for the rest of their lives if they don’t want to. Keep helping them discover all of the great places to look for tips and tricks on living with an ostomy.

But mostly, just keep taking the time. Take the time to help them feel comfortable and try to understand what they are dealing with. Take the time to talk with them about how placement of the stoma may affect their experience. Take the time to make them feel like they are the most important person in the world. This may be just another day for you, but for us, it's the day that changes everything.

Stephanie is the creator of The Stolen Colon, a blog and website entirely about living with an ostomy. 

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