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Controversial CDC ad, Ask the WOC Nurse and more

Friday, April 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
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April 15, 2015
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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

1120 Route 73, Suite 200

Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054



Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The WOCN Society was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.

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Happy WOC Nurse Week!

How are you celebrating WOC Nurse Week 2015? Let us know by sharing your favorite picture of you wearing your WOC Nurse Week button, standing near your poster or holding your brochure. One lucky winner will receive a prize package from the WOCN Society, including $75 off their entire purchase from the CE section of the WOCN Society's Continuing Education Center.

Read the contest rules and instructions. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EDT on April 18.

Last Chance to Save on Conference Registration

Today is the last day to take advantage of early bird registration pricing for the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference. Register before 11:59 pm EST to save $50 on registration fees.

New CDC Ad Sparks Outrage over Ostomate Portrayal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently debuted a new series of anti-smoking awareness advertisements. One ad in particular has drawn the ire of the ostomy community due to its negative portrayal of life as an ostomate.


Learn more on the WOCN website.

Sign the petition to ask the CDC to remove the ad.

Read a WOCN member's response on the WOCN Society Blog.

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Collaboration between PT & WOC Nurses on Managing Risk to the Lower Extremity

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1-2 pm EDT

Sponsored by Sage Products

Collaboration is essential as we seek optimal patient outcomes and appropriate product selection. Physical therapists and WOC nurses each bring a unique skill set when considering pressure redistribution methods to prevent pressure ulceration and lower extremity complications. Join this webinar to hear two interdisciplinary leaders discuss the benefits of collaboration and the latest on the prevention of heel pressure ulcers!

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What causes skin to grow over an ostomy and how do you treat this condition? The adult patient in question has had the urostomy since childhood.

In patients such as the one you describe in your question, who have had their urinary diversion since childhood, it is not uncommon for the stoma to become retracted with growth, development and weight changes throughout life. Key factors of consideration are whether or not urine flow is impeded and whether or not an acceptable wear time can be achieved with the pouching system being used. Sometimes complications such as this require repeat surgery in which case a consultation with an urologist or other surgeon who could recreate the stoma would be advised. Other times creative pouching system strategies, with convexity, an ostomy belt, etc., will be sufficient to help the patient achieve an acceptable wear time. You may consider use of pediatric pouching system products to assist in your efforts.

Best wishes to you as you serve this patient who is fortunate to have found her way to a compassionate ostomy nurse such as yourself.

Do you have a question about WOC nursing that you would like us to answer? If so, please submit it here.

WOCN Society Staff Visit a WOCNEP

On Monday, March 30, 2015, WOCN Society National Office representatives visited the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden. The team had the opportunity to meet with Program Director Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, and nurses participating in the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOCNEP).

Read more on the WOCN Society Blog.

Final Reminder: WOCN Member Satisfaction Survey

If you have not yet completed the WOCN Member Satisfaction Survey, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Your feedback is essential to developing the Society's initiatives and member benefits. Members should have received multiple notices about the survey via email; please follow the link provided in these messages to access the survey.

The deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

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