In this issue you will find information on: a new best practice document, WOCN member spotlights, new social media sites, WOCN endorsed webinars and more!
WOCN National Office
Procedure for Obtaining a Urine Sample: Best Practice for Clinicians
| The WOCN Society recently released a new publication, Procedure for Obtaining a Urine Sample: Best Practice for Clinicians. This document gives detailed instructions for the correct steps to collect a urine specimen from a stoma. This resource can be used by health care professionals in all areas of practice for their own use or as an educational tool for staff. |
WOCN member, Linda Reynolds, was recently featured on Newsreview.com
as she discussed her job as a certified WOC nurse. She discusses how many people ask how she's able to do her job. Linda is happy to help. She said, "it's truly a love of being able to change people's lives and give them their life back." Click here
to find out more about Linda's work and see if you can relate.
|WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference|
Call for Abstracts is now open!
Click here to submit your abstract today! The deadline to submit is Monday, November 5, 2012.
|Social Media - Google+ and YouTube|
WOCNow June included a survey asking you which social media sites you enjoy and where you'd like to see the Society go next. WOCNow July revealed that Google+ and YouTube were your top picks for social media.
The Society is happy to announce that we have these sites up and running! Add us to one of your circles on Google+and we'll add you back! Also, subscribe to our YouTubepage to see what WOCN members are doing.
|Learn and Earn with WOCN's New Webinar Series|
The WOCN Society is excited to announce the launch of a new webinar series for health care providers responsible for the care of individuals with wound, ostomy and continence related issues.
Learn in the comfort of your own setting.
Earn Continuing Education (CE) credits.
Who should take advantage of these online educational opportunities?
All nurses, advanced practice nurses, and nursing assistants responsible for the care of skin, wounds, and ostomies in a variety of care settings: hospital, homecare, long-term care and long-term acute care. Administrators, educators and front-line managers serving as resources and supervisors to direct care providers will obtain new information from these webinars.
What is the format?
A webinar is a slide show presentation conducted over the Internet. In the setting of your choice (i.e., your home or health care facility) you will watch the presentation on your computer and listen to the presenter through your speakers.
Click here to view the upcoming webinars.
Need more information on webinars? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
|Autologous Blood-Derived Products for Chronic Non-Healing Wounds |
|Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final National Coverage Determination on a request for coverage of the therapy. Chronic wounds are common with many diseases affecting seniors, including diabetes and vascular insufficiency and people with mobility problems. Click here to view the decision memo.|
|Sculpting the Heart of a Nurse |
Every nurse should have this book because it is a dynamic tool to motivate nurses in the following ways:
- Showing them ways to manage their own quality of life.
- Bridge better relationships with colleagues, physicians, and patients.
- Give team building strategies.
- Encourage them to take responsibility and raise the bar of the nursing profession.
- Help them to embark on their own nursing legacy.
This book was developed to benefit nursing staff and students across the spectrum. She also designed a one hour workshop presentation, which along with her book will help nurses develop a mindset for success and alleviate burn-out.
|About a Nurse|
About the WOCN Society
The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society, which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
Key Dates and Deadlines
November 5, 2012
October 6, 2012
November 1, 2012
WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference Website Launch
June 22 - 26, 2013
Do You Want to Become Part of the ANA Community?
Click here to join and learn about the benefits of an American Nurses Association (ANA) membership. Find out what ANA can do for you and what you can do together for the nursing profession.
Continuing Education Center (CEC)
Please visit WOCN Society's NEW Continuing Education Center (CEC) at www.wocncec.org
to purchase continuing education courses.
The Global Learning Center (GLC) will be shutting down on September 30, 2012, and it is encouraged that all continuing education courses be purchased on the CEC going forward.
Advanced Practice Certification Exam
The highly-anticipated, highest recognition of achievement in WOC nursing, the Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy and Continence certification exam, is now available! If you are an AP nurse, consider taking one or more of the new exams when your current WOCNCB certification comes due for renewal. Content outlines for the AP exam are now available for download on the WOCNCB website.
2012 Spring Scholarship
Gabriel Valdez Perez
Pamela Flores Ham
Ruth BryantAdvanced Application
Click here to view a list of the Society's corporate members.