The survey responses from the September WOCNow revealed members like the four categories we chose to highlight in each issue.
To reiterate, Conference features will keep you up-to-date on deadlines. Education highlights will emphasize important information to help you further your professional career. The spotlight on Social Media will introduce new social networking tools, which WOCN® will dive into throughout the next year. The Member Benefit feature will be a reminder of all the great things the Society has to offer.
Twitter is a social networking site where you can make status updates otherwise known as "tweets" limited to 140 characters. Think of Twitter as the social networking form of sending a text message. Your tweets send information to your "followers" (similar to your "friends" on Facebook or "connections" on LinkedIn) quickly. It's beneficial to follow people or organizations that tweet information appealing to you.
You can tweet about anything you want; whether you had a bad hair day or found an educational article, you can tweet it.
Let's Review the Basics
@WOCNSociety - The @ symbol + the username of your choice. If you want to tweet to someone, you must type the @ symbol and their username.
#woundcare - Incorporate hash tags (#) into your posts. This will allow you to see what others who used that hash tag are talking about. When you click on a hash tag, it takes you to a page showing every post with that hash tag. You might discover new people to follow if you like what they're talking about.
Here are some examples of what you could use.
Bit.ly - Since Twitter limits you to only 140 characters, you'll want to use the website bit.ly to shorten links you'd like to share. Open a new web browser and type bit.ly - no need for www or .com. Copy and paste the link you want to share into the box and it will automatically shorten it for you. Use this shortened link in Twitter for more room to write your thoughts.
Who to Follow
In Twitter, there is a 'Who to Follow' link at the top. Click that and type in the names of friends or organizations you'd like to follow.
Visit Twitter to sign up. Click the 'Profile' link at the top to write a short blurb about yourself so followers know who you are. Then get tweeting! In the coming months, we'll introduce more ways you can engage with the WOCN® and your followers on Twitter.
Attention WOCN Members! Member Benefit Highlight: Scope & Standards of Practice
As a member of WOCN®, you are entitled to many educational and clinical resources at discounted prices. This month we're featuring the Scope and Standards of Practice. This professional piece can help you determine your role as a WOC nurse.
The document addresses history, competencies, educational criteria, and standards and practices for both WOC nurses and Advanced Practice WOC nurses. These specialty nurses work towards influencing public perception. Becoming familiar with and abiding by the Scope and Standards of Practice will guide you to becoming an advocate for the specialty.
For one month only, the Society will offer members $2 off this best practice document. Visit the WOCN® Bookstore and enter 'SCOPE2' at the time of checkout.
New Job Openings!
WOCN® has a section on the website for members and non-members to search job postings.
Visit the Career Center to search for job openings in your area. You can narrow down results as much as you'd like by entering a specific organization, a category or the type of position you wish to find.
Connect with the WOCN!
WOCN wants to stay in touch with you! Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to start discussions or ask questions!
Be sure to take a look at the Social Media section in WOCNow each month. We're going to continually introduce new ways to engage with us through these social sites.
44th Annual Conference Save the Date
June 9-13, 2012
Charlotte, North Carolina Educating with Ideas for Tomorrow
Reminder: Call for Abstracts are due by Tuesday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).Click here to submit your abstract.
Registration and Housing will open in January 2012.
Be sure to visit the Conference page of the WOCN® site to stay up-to-date on all conference activities.
Featured Article from the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
Wound Care: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program
The September/October issue of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing features an article on the prevention of pressure ulcers due to nonpayment for hospital acquired conditions from Medicare and Medicaid. The reimbursement guidelines given by these services are a huge push in developing and implementing prevention programs.
The article recommends facilities review current prevention programs and note the weaknesses. NYU Langone Medical Center developed two priorities to help fix its problems. Priority one was to improve data collection processes. Its data collection process was difficult and quite some times, inaccurate. Priority two was to engage perioperative services. Evidence shows that pressure ulcers can occur within 48-72 hours after surgery, making this a critical time to engage perioperative services.
Think about how your facility could benefit from this article. Visit the Journal website to purchase the article if you are not a member of WOCN® or receive the journal free as a benefit of membership.
Call for Research Proposals The Center for Clinical Investigation
The Center for Clinical Investigation (CCI) of the Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) provides funding for research grants for Society members annually. The grants are funded through the generosity of WOCN's corporate partners and WOCN. CCI expands the existing research base for WOC nursing practice and facilitates WOC nurses to develop their roles as clinical investigators through funded research projects.
CCI is pleased to announce the 2012 Call for Research Proposals for 2012 grants. If you are a member of WOCN, you are eligible to apply for one of the six grants! View the six grants available. International members are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a Notice of Interest email anytime before the grant submission deadline to Linda Dahle, Program Associate (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are considering applying for a 2012 research grant. This is not a commitment, and you can notify CCI later if you change your mind. This allows CCI to send you any updates or resources to assist you.
The submission deadline for research grant proposals is January 30, 2012.