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Getting to Know the Candidates

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

By now, many of you have already read about the several great candidates we have pursuing positions on the WOCN Board. Their full bios and photos can be found by clicking here.


To change things up a little, we thought it would be fun to ask the candidates some different questions to allow their fellow members to get to know them better. Here are the wonderful and interesting responses we received!


Dea Kent (President Elect)

  • What is your favorite book? Hard to pick just one......Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  • What is your favorite movie? Steel Magnolias...the original version
  • What do you like to do in your free time? What free time? Travel, spend time with family and friends, laugh, do new things!
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I have been a member of a rock band, called "The Smooth Operators" made up of doctors and a few others, and our purpose was to play and raise money for uninsured people so that they could obtain healthcare.  We played together for 3 years and raised quite a bit of money.  I played keyboards and provided vocals!

Deborah Zaricor (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  My favorite book is Goldfinch because it was so beautifully written
  • What is your favorite movie?  Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie. I thought the writing, directing and acting were superb.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, playing golf and traveling. I have visited 34 countries and have many more on my list.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? The fact that some people do not know about me is at one time I was in the entertainment industry. I am a member of the screen actor guild having principal roles in film and television including a national commercial. I also performed stand up but rarely made any money at stand up.  

Vittoria (Vicky) Pontieri-Lewis (Director-at-Large, Area #3)

  • What is your favorite book?  Tough one. Goodnight Moon is my favorite kids book read it every night to my kids. 
  • What is your favorite movie?  Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music. As a girl my dad would take us to the movies every time they were showing
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Other than devoting my life to my patients, my priority has always been my family.  Raising my two kids and seeing them become beautiful young adults has made my husband and I’m so proud of both of them.  I enjoy skiing with my family and friends and traveling.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? My husband is from Kansas and we have wheat farm in which we go back to Kansas in the summer to harvest the wheat. We also grown sunflowers, corn, and milo. Being raised in the city this was quite an adventure for me. Lewis farms has been in the family for generations and will passed on to our children. 

Carole Dye (Nominating Committee, Area #3)

  • What is your favorite book?  The harry potter series. Imagery fantastic and kept me wanting more.
  • What is your favorite movie?  - seeing Jurassic Park for the first time on the big screen. The dinosaurs were real!
  • What do you like to do in your free time?  I find new antique stores and look for that piece of Fiestaware nobody new existed.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? My collection of Fiestaware includes two  place settings of each color manufactured since its beginnings in the early 1930's to today- 80 at last count. Not including the new fiesta we use everyday. (No OCD here)

Barbara List (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  The Bible
  • What is your favorite movie?  The Hunger Games
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Read and shop
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you?  I am the only one of my 5 brothers and sisters that graduated from college.

Marta Krissovich (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  The Harry Potter series
  • What is your favorite movie?  Slumdog Millionaire
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Rowing sculls and sailing
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I used to serve as a skiing and horseback riding guide to persons who are totally blind.

Kelly Jaszarowski (President-Elect)

  • What is your favorite book?  I really do not have one favorite book as much as I do favorite authors. While I enjoy reading a variety of books, my favorite authors include Jodi Picoult, Jonathan Kellerman and John Grisham
  • What is your favorite movie? One of my favorite movies is The Blind Side. We are a sports enthusiastic family with football being one of those sports.  The movie, The Blind Side, contains so many life's lessons. There are lessons of loving unconditionally, accepting people for who they truly are, and the importance of family to name just a few.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy just hanging out, traveling, camping, walks, and time together.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? While many people are aware that my residence has changed many times during my married life, many people do not know that I am an East Coast girl. That is, I was born in New Jersey and lived there for several years before moving to the Midwest.

Lindsay McCrea (Nominating Committee, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  A recent favorite: Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
  • What is your favorite movie? Sayanora
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Anything with my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Hudson and lots of time gardening
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I won a twist contest with my brother at the age of ten whilst cruising the Caribbean on the SS Oriana on the way to the UK.

Michele (Shelly) Burdette-Taylor (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  Abundant Health by White written in 1950.
  • What is your favorite movie? Holiday with Cameron, Kate, Jack and Jude
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Running with Reindeer in Alaska with Adonis
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I live on a boat in San Diego and Bed and Breakfast in Alaska.

    Don’t forget-to read more about the candidates including their professional background, education and past leadership experience, please click here. 



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Top Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Members-Only Forums

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the many benefits of joining an association is the opportunity to connect with peers and discuss your specialty. When WOC nurses join the WOCN Society, not only do they have access to education, events and networking, they also have access to the Forums section of the WOCN Member Center, which allows them to connect with other WOC nurses in an instant.

Forums continue to be an integral part of discussions and networking. Whether a member has a question or needs feedback and/or solution sharing, they can post it to the Forums for their fellow members to respond. The members-only forums are divided into several categories to streamline professional interests and needs:

  • Wound  
  • Ostomy
  • Continence
  • Professional Practice
  • Communities of Practice (Pediatrics)
  • Communities of Practice (Foot and Nail)
  • WTA

How can you better connect with other WOC nurses on the WOCN forums?

1.         Good Title = More Interactions

Attractive headlines catch your eye when browsing the internet or a newspaper. Forums work the same way. When someone is scanning the many threads to click on, people will choose the thread that speaks to them. A title that asks a question or piques the reader’s interest will get better responses then saying, “Hi!” or “This is my question.” If you think you’re not good at choosing titles, save it for last. Write your post and choose a sentence from your post or write a quick one-sentence summary of your post.

2.         Comment on Other Threads

Everyone has a unique story to tell, but sometimes it’s best to comment on other people’s stories or questions before telling or asking yours. Before starting a new thread, have a look through the current topics being discussed and see if there’s a conversation you can join. Sometimes, multiple threads start with similar topics being covered with members seemingly unaware that there are others right there who are going through the same thing.  Talking to other members on their threads is a great way to not only network, but to make yourself known on the forums. Once you make some connections, people will start to recognize you and respond to your posts.

3.         Choose the Right Section

Many people browse the forums looking for sections specifically focused on their current issue or experience. Going straight to the section you think is most relevant may seem like the best choice, but believe it or not, it may not be. Sometimes forums are swamped, and your post could get lost among the threads. Investigate the forum sections and see what others are posting in each section. This helps keep forums relevant and can connect you with others going through the same type of issues or experience Please feel free to share your own tips and stories that you’ve experienced when using the WOCN Society Forums.

Tags:  forums  members' only forums  membership  WOC nurse  WOCN 

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3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Tuesday, March 3, 2015
This year, the WOCN Society has partnered with the 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions division to offer the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety for WOCN Society members. This award recognizes an individual or team for creating and sustaining a successful skin damage prevention program that demonstrates positive clinical outcomes, teamwork and knowledge transfer.


Win a trip to attend the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference!

The WOCN Society will award the winning program team with a complimentary trip to the WOCN Society's 47th Annual ConferenceJune 6-10, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.  An individual or up to four members of the winning team will be invited to attend the conference, with the award covering conference registration, airfare and lodging.



Nominated individuals or team leaders must be a CWOCN, CWCN, or CWON. Members of the team must be licensed health care providers or members of the facility's management/leadership team.


To view the complete eligibility requirements, click here.


It's Easy to Nominate

All submissions will be accepted on the WOCN Society website at Click on the "Award for Excellence" banner.


The submission site is now open and will close on March 16, 2015Click here to learn more and nominate someone online.


Stay Tuned

Please continue to watch for more information. Be sure to help us share the news about this award program on social media! 

Tags:  3M award  3M Award for excellence in skin safety  skin safety  WOC nurse  WOCN 

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ Releases Algorithm for Support Surface Selection

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, February 2, 2015

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) set out to develop an evidence and consensus based algorithm in an effort to provide clinical guidance for selecting support surfaces based on individual patient needs. Published in the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), this new tool is the first evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for support surface selection that has undergone content validation.

Although a number of support surfaces have been shown to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers or facilitate wound healing when compared to standard mattresses, there is insufficient evidence to guide support surface selection to match individual patient needs in many situations.

Three WOCN members with clinical expertise in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment were invited to act as a Task Force for generation and validation of a support surface algorithm. Together they identified search terms for a comprehensive literature search, reviewed the literature and identified key publications, categorized levels of evidence for the use of support surfaces for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, and formulated a draft algorithm. A consensus panel of 20 key opinion leaders then evaluated and modified the draft and evaluated its content validity.

Members can access the full the algorithm and accompanying JWOCN article here.

The development of the algorithm was funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Hill-Rom. 

Tags:  support service algorithm  woc nurse  WOCN 

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The Rutgers University School of Nursing - Camden Now Offering WOC Program

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Rutgers University School of Nursing Camden (SNC) is a part of one the largest research intensive universities in the nation which has the motto “Jersey Roots, Global Reach.” The School of Nursing Camden opened in 2010 and was built upon 30 years of baccalaureate nursing education as a Department of Nursing.

Rutgers School of Nursing Camden is preparing registered nurses for the future of health care by offering the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program (WOCNEP) as a graduate level certificate in which participants learn about the theory and practices that promote and restore health for people with wounds or skin conditions, fecal or urinary diversions (ostomies), and continence problems. The course work of this program earns students graduate level credits that can be used to further their education beyond the certificate including the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. The onsite class meets once weekly in late afternoon and evening timeframe making for easy commuting and work schedule adaptation. Digital supports via the E-College learning platform permit 24-7 access to course materials. Clinical preceptorships are completed offsite near the student’s home with an appropriately credentialed preceptor.

To learn more about Rutgers, the School of Nursing or the WOC program, click here.

Tags:  nursing  nursing student  students  WOC  woc nurse  WOC programs 

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