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WOCNow February 2014

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February 2014


In this issue you will find information on the 2014 Call for Nominations, fine tuning your country music knowledge with the Conference social media contest, the WOCN Society's 46th Annual Conference, the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety, the WTA forum, the emPOWERed program, the February member spotlight and more!

The WOCN National Office

2014 Call for Nominations

The WOCN Society is now accepting nominations for the following open positions: Secretary, Treasurer, Director-at-Large (Areas 2 and 4), and Nominating Committee (Areas 2 and 4).

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 or individuals that would match the qualifications we are seeking.


Click here for qualifications, election terms, submission information, and nomination forms.


The deadline for submissions is March 10, 2014.

Fine Tune Your Country Music Knowledge!

In honor of the WOCN Society's upcoming 46th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the Society will be posting a series of Conference-related clues on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) directing members to various pages on the 46th Annual Conference website.

A new clue will be posted every Monday beginning February 10 through March 31, 2014 urging all fans, followers and group members to visit a specific page on the 46th Annual Conference website where they will find a lyric to a country song. Once the individual locates the lyric, they must accurately identify the artist and song (by leaving a comment under the Facebook/LinkedIn post or tweeting a response on Twitter) to be entered in a drawing to win a Starbucks gift card!

For full contest rules, click here.

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Opening Keynote at the 46th Annual Conference

Dr. Tim Porter-O'Grady will present this year's opening keynote, "When the Music Changes, So Does the Dance: Health Transformation and the Role of the WOC Nurse."
There has been much discussion regarding the values and vagaries of health reform and the implications of the Affordable Care Act. 2014 is a critical year as many of the elements and requisites of health transformation and reform are enacted. The landscape for transforming nursing practice in clinical care now calls the profession to both re-calibrate and re-configure the foundations of nursing practice in ways that represent demonstrations of value in service, quality, and price. These challenges have significant implications for WOC nurses in a way that informs the transformation of our practice.
This keynote session will challenge us to think differently about nursing practice in a value-driven health system and will challenge nurses to embrace and to engage new insights and processes which will transform the future of WOC nursing practice.


Click here to learn more about the sessions and speakers at this year's conference.


Register for the WOCN Society's 46th Annual Conference.

The 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety

This year the WOCN Society is once again partnering with 3M to give the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety. This award for WOCN members recognizes an individual or team for creating and sustaining a skin damage prevention program in their facility.


Visit and click on the "Award for Excellence" banner to submit your entry!


The individual winner or team will be awarded with a complimentary trip to the WOCN Society's 46th Annual Conference, Fine Tuning Your WOC Skills, June 21-25, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.


The award covers conference registration, airfare and lodging. If a team is selected, up to four members are awarded the complimentary trip.


The nomination site is now open! Click here to learn more and nominate someone online.


The deadline for nominations is March 17, 2014. The winner will be notified at the end of March.

The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program Forum

WOCN members currently running the WTA Program, as well as those who are interested in running the program, finally have a place to network and discuss the WTA Program. The Forum provides a support network for WTA Course Coordinators to interact with each other and discuss the ins and outs of running a WTA Program. Ask and answer questions, get feedback, and share your experiences now! Simply log in to and click Forums on the left menu bar to check it out!

Strengthen Your Skills through the emPOWERed Program

The emPOWERed program helps you combine your clinical expertise with professional practice to help you do the best job you can as a WOC nurse.

  • The "Advancing Your Professional Practice" session has been confirmed for three Region and Affiliate Conferences in 2014, including the Pacific Coast Region Conference this week! Check back often for more confirmed dates and locations.
  • The Empowerment Section on has been updated to include an infographic geared towards employers. This is a visual way to show the value that a WOC nurse brings to clinical practice.
  • The Professional Practice Manual, Fourth Edition includes all you need to know to strengthen your role as a WOC nurse, but it also includes information that is useful beyond your WOC practice. Learn more.

The emPOWERed program is commercially supported by an educational grant from Smith & Nephew.

IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon
The IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon, created in 2011 by Lois Fink and Barb Wodzin, isn't just another ribbon. For the estimated 750,000 Americans living with an ostomy and the 1.4 million Americans with inflammatory bowel disease, the ribbon helps them feel visible. Its mission is to take the negative perception surrounding ostomy surgery and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and turn it into something more positive, creating awareness, education, support, and empowerment for all those affected.

The ribbon isn't just for patients, however. It is for family members, friends, and even WOC nurses! In fact, when WOCN Society members wear the ribbon, patients feel supported and accepted knowing that their WOC nurse is "behind" them.

You can show your support for your patients today by:
For more information, contact
Member Spotlight

Lynn DeMartyn, BSN, RN, CWOCN, received the 2013 Northeast Region Nurse of Distinction Award. Congratulations, Lynn!

Attention Members: Do you have a recent accomplishment that you would like to share with the Society? Email: and you could be featured in next month's WOCNow!

Share Your Story With Us

Daniel Shockley, a patient featured in the Spring 2013 edition of In It For You, was recently featured on the Colon Cancer Alliance website as well as The Phoenix Magazine, the official publication of the United Ostomy Associations of America. Click here to read Daniel's story.


Are you a nurse with an amazing story about a

patient you have helped treat?

Are you a patient with an inspiring story of recovery?

The WOCN Society wants to hear from you! Share your incredible nurse or patient story today by emailing
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.


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