In this issue you will find information on the WOCN Society's emPOWERed program, public policy updates, 2014 call for research proposals, 2014 call for abstracts, WOCN Society video tutorials and more!
The WOCN National Office
The WOCN Society's emPOWERed Program
As a WOC nurse you have a powerful role that directly impacts patient care every day. To provide the highest level of patient care you must demonstrate clinical expertise, strong leadership and professional skills. Evidence-based care, education and research help you improve your patients' experiences and fuel your clinical expertise. It's also imperative that you boost your professional practice and skills.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society's emPOWERed Program is unique in providing the critical, practical knowledge and skills that will help you become a true WOC leader, driving the best possible care for your patients.
Clinical Expertise + Professional Practice = emPOWERed WOC Nurse
Ways to become emPOWERed:
Thank you to our emPOWERed sponsor, Smith & Nephew.
Public Policy Update
Starting July 1, Medicare patients who live, or are being treated in, a Medicare competitive bidding area may have to locate a new supplier for negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) based on newly awarded Medicare contracts. July marked the start of Round two in Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) which now includes NPWT products in the program. As of July 1, 2013, only winners of competitive bids will be able to bill Medicare for NPWT-related codes, including E2402 (NPWT pumps), A6550 (NPWT supplies including dressings), and A700 (NPWT canisters). Round two of competitive bidding will impact 91 cities across the country.
For the entire update, click here.
2014 Call for Research Proposals
The Center for Clinical Investigation (CCI) of the WOCN Society Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for one 2014 WOCN Society Member's Research Grant in the amount of $10,000. If you are a registered nurse and current member of the WOCN Society, you are eligible to be a Principal Investigator of this grant and are invited to apply. Eligible international members may also apply.
Through this grant, the CCI and the WOCN Society aims to expand the existing research base for WOC nursing practice and facilitate WOC nurses to be engaged in research as clinical investigators.
For more information, click here.
Coming Soon: 2014 Call for Abstracts
Fine tune your WOC skills by submitting an abstract for the WOCN Society's 46th Annual Conference!
The Call for Abstracts site will be available on September 3, 2013.
All accepted abstracts will be presented during the WOCN Society's 46th Annual Conference. They will be available on the WOCN Society website and printed in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN).
|WOCN Society Video Tutorials|
Let us help you navigate the WOCN Society's website with our NEW Video Tutorials
! The tutorials will orient you to our website and provide you with the tools to best utilize your benefits.
These tutorials will review monitoring your profile and utilizing Member Center features, as well as digital networking.
If you are not a member, please consider all of the benefits, resources and connections that a WOCN Society membership has to offer. Become a member today
to discover the difference a WOCN Society membership can make in your profession and career!
|I am an Ostomate|
Click the link below to watch "I am an Ostomate", a new video produced by the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).
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 continence concerns.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
Key Dates and Deadlines
Call for Abstracts
September 3, 2013
2014 WOCN Society Annual Conference
June 21-25, 2014
2015 WOCN Society Annual Conference
San Antonio, Texas
June 6-10, 2015
2016 WOCN Society Annual Conference
Montreal, Québec, Canada
June 4-8, 2016
Browse the WOCN Bookstore
Continuing Education Center (CEC)
Visit the CEC
to advance your career.
Position Available: Director, Wound Ostomy Continence
Conference Online Library
JWOCN on the iPad
|Become a WTA Course Coordinator|
The WOCN Society has developed the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Online Course, an educational program designed to increase patient access to skilled wound care providers.
Click here to view a list of the Society's corporate members.