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WOCNow - November 2011

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WOCNow - November 2011 E-Newsletter
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'Tis the season to begin your holiday shopping so treat yourself to something! WOCN® would like to offer you $2 off of our educational features this month, both available in the WOCN® Bookstore.

These offers are valid through December 31, 2011.

PLEASE NOTE: Upon your check out, choose the appropriate shipping amount from the drop down box.


Not a member? Join WOCN® now and save even more on valuable educational resources.

Do I belong somewhere? Yes, you do!
Click this map to determine which Region or Affiliate you should join.

As a member of WOCN®, you have the option to join a region and/or affiliate (R&A) of WOCN®. Run as a smaller form of WOCN®, these groups are located across the country. Through communication with local colleagues, you can also learn how to serve your patients better.

Start your journey today...

  • First, determine which R&A you'd like to be a part by using this map.
  • Next, log into the Member Center and see if you are currently associated with a R&A. If one is checked, and you would like to change it, or if you are not associated with one at all, please email the WOCN® National Office at (please note: only WOCN® Staff can update your R&A selection).
  • Lastly, start participating!

Connect with WOC professionals on a local level. If you need assistance or have any questions, contact the National Office at today.


Members: Read the full version of this article on December 1 in the fourth issue of WOCNews!

What is a QR Code?

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If your membership dues expire soon,

or you want to join WOCN®,

scan this code with your smartphone.


You may have seen them around - those bar code looking squares. You're probably wondering, as many people are, what they do.


To start, a QR code, or Quick Response code, is a bar code that can be scanned using a smartphone and QR reader software. Most smart phones come readily installed with a QR reader. However, some phones, like the iPhone, require you to download a free app.


After opening the application, hold your phone's camera to the QR code and your phone will do the rest. The QR code replaces the need to write down a website and then go to it later. The application will save the link forever, so you can always refer back to it.


Now that you know what a QR code is, go out and start scanning!


Member Spotlight

Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWOCN, APN, DAPWACA received an honorable mention at the Dorland Health People Awards: 2011.

This was the second annual awards for Dorland Health. The program honors excellence and dedication among health care professionals. Finalists were recognized at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., October 20.

Sharon is a wound, ostomy and continence nurse and received her honorable mention for Wound Care Dynamics.

Call for Research Proposals
The Center for Clinical Investigation

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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® Society'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 ( 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.

Please contact the WOCN®National Office at

15000 Commerce Parkway
Suite C
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

WOCN® Society's 44th Annual Conference
Save the Date

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June 9-13, 2012


Charlotte, North Carolina

Educating with Ideas for Tomorrow

The 2012 conference website launched! Be sure to visit for up-to-date information on the WOCN® Society's 44th Annual Conference. Some features this year include: a Latest News blog with the ability to post comments and Program Info featuring conference sessions with descriptions.

Members receive discounted rates to the WOCN® Society's annual conferences. Members receive an additional $75 off conference fees.


Registration and Housing will open in January 2012.


Incontinence Associated Dermatitis

Incontinence Associated Dermatitis: Best Practice for Clinicians (IAD) is for sale in the WOCN® Bookstore for $15 to members and $20 to non-members. This newly released best practice document summarizes current information about IAD and lists nursing management strategies for the care of the person experiencing this skin complaint.


IAD is an inflammation of the skin as a result of chronic or repeated exposure to urine or fecal matter and manifests as redness with or without blistering and skin erosion. A thorough exam of skin is important for all patients with urinary or fecal incontinence.


IAD provides Best Practice information on how to asses each patient's skin irritation and the appropriate measures to take after determining the irritants. Please visit the WOCN® Bookstore to purchase your copy.

Use promotional code IAD2 and receive $2 off.

Lower-Extremity Venous Disease

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The Guideline for Management of Wounds in Patients with Lower-Extremity Venous Disease (LEVD) is available in the WOCN® Bookstore at member and non-member prices. This is the 4th guideline in the WOCN® Clinical Practice Series.


LEVD, also known as chronic venous disorders (CVDs) of the lower extremities, encompass a full spectrum of morphological and functional abnormalities of the venous system.


If you adhere to the suggestions in this guideline, your practice will know how to better identify individuals with LEVD or individuals with wounds caused by LEVD and the appropriate strategies for both situations. Please visit the WOCN® Bookstore to purchase your copy.

Use promotional code LEVD2 and receive $2 off.

Sponsor Recognition

Diamond Level


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Gold Level


Molnlycke Health Care

Silver Level





Smith & Nephew

Healthpoint Biotherapeutics

Bronze Level


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Connect with WOCN®!

Be sure to take a look at the Social Media section in the WOCNow each month. We're going to continually introduce new ways to engage with WOCN® through the following sites:

View our profile on LinkedIn

Like us on Facebook

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The WOCN® Society is professionally managed by Association Headquarters, a charter accredited association management company.

The 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.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.