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Member Spotlight: Rachelle Sideris

Welcome to the WOCN Society Member Spotlight blog, featuring inspiring stories behind our members. In this edition, we’re spotlighting Rachelle Sideris, MSN, RN, ACNS, CWOCN, a dedicated Wound Ostomy Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist based in Long Island, NY, who has been a proud member of the WOCN Society since 2010.

Rachelle’s WOC Nursing Journey
Rachelle’s journey into wound care excellence began during her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She discovered a passion for this specialized field during a clinical rotation with a wound care specialist. Following this revelation, Rachelle decided to elevate her expertise by enrolling in the Emory University Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center, an accredited WOC Nursing Education Program (WOCNEP) by the WOCN Society.

Joining the WOCN Society
During her time at the Emory WOCNEP, the program’s director, Dorothy Doughty, recommended joining a professional organization, which led Rachelle to become an active member of the WOCN Society. Since then, she has not only embraced the wealth of knowledge within the community but has also actively contributed to its growth.

Favorite Membership Aspects
Rachelle fondly reflects on her favorite aspect of being a WOCN Society member – the opportunity to interact with intelligent, motivated, and accomplished healthcare professionals. Whether attending meetings and conferences or tuning into the WOCTalk podcasts, Rachelle receives fresh insights and innovative practices to implement in her work.

Rachelle served at both the regional and affiliate levels on the board of directors, taking advantage of the leadership training provided by her peers. This involvement has not only enriched her professional development but has also allowed her to contribute to the Society’s mission of advancing the practice and delivery of expert healthcare.

A Vision for the Future
Looking ahead, Rachelle has set her sights on expanding her consulting company. Her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to making a positive impact on patient care through wound, ostomy, and continence care showcase her drive within the WOC nursing community.

Life Beyond Nursing
Beyond her professional pursuits, Rachelle shares a passion for creativity and arts and crafts. When not fully immersed in the world of wound care, you can find her traveling, boating, and fishing.

Thank You, Rachelle
On behalf of the WOCN Society, thank you, Rachelle, for being a valuable member of the WOCN Society. Rachelle’s dedication to collaboration and continued learning undoubtedly helps advance wound, ostomy, and continence care.

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