The WOCN Society Represented at American Nurses Association Membership Assembly 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Posted by: Becky Dryden
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) as an
organizational affiliate of the American Nurses Association (ANA) has a seat at
the ANA business meeting called the Membership Assembly. On July 22-24, 2015
Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Public Policy liaison and Past President of the
Society represented the WOCN Society at the Membership Assembly. The WOCN Society
has voting rights for all business except bylaws and candidates for office.
Membership Assembly was held in Washington D.C, and on Wednesday, July 22,
prior to the opening of the official membership meeting there were Nurses on
the Hill activities. Kate Lawrence and Chris Rorick, WOCN Legislative consultant,
visited four Congressional offices to voice support of pending legislation or
inquiring about substance and status of pending sponsored legislation. The WOCN
Society was able to voice support for H.R. 1680 the Lymphedema Treatment Act
with staff in the office of Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), and H.R. 1342 Home
Health Care Planning Improvement Act (allowing mid-levels ability to order Home
health care services) in the office of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI).
and Chris also met with lead sponsors for the following pending legislation to
gather information and confirm WOCN Society interest, HR. 1184 The Medicare Skilled
Nursing and Home Health Services Continuity Act which looks at payment of
advanced wound care in SNF and Home Health and S.1211/H.R.1250 which address
payment changes proposed to be implemented for severe wound services provided
in LTAC facilities. A full Public Policy and Advocacy update will
be included in the fall issue of the "In it for You" magazine of the WOCN
23-24, 2015 the ANA Membership Assembly focused on the analysis of the
structure of the ANA business meeting and how it has evolved. This included
review and discussion regarding bylaw changes that addressed structure and
function of the body. The Membership Assembly structure including the focus of
the meeting and the composition of the meeting was up for revote as it had been
under a trial process. If rescinded the meeting would revert
to the House of Delegate composition previously used by the ANA.
ANA also had their voting process during the meeting with voting of
Vice-President, Director and Treasure, and nominations committee members. This
process was done by the electoral membership of the Assembly.
the Membership Assembly there was opportunity to discuss three pressing nursing
issues in dialogue forums; Ethical Environment and culture, Public reporting of
big data, and Infection prevention.
of these topics were separately discussed in small group dialogues and shared
with the membership assembly and the BOD of the ANA. Each topic discussed
solicited topic related recommendations from the floor on how to move nursing
care, nursing voice and nursing leadership forward in the future.
more information on the ANA Membership Assembly in general please go to www.nursingworld.org