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Enhance Your Practice with WOCN Publications

Posted By Brian Price, Tuesday, April 28, 2015
One of the many benefits that the WOCN Society offers nurses is access to information that allows them to further educate themselves throughout their career.

For example, the Society recently updated its Discharge Planning for a Patient with a New Ostomy document. The document, a comprehensive discharge plan for patients with new ostomies, educates nurses on basic ostomy skills. The purpose of the updated document is to provide clinicians with a quick guide to the essential elements of a discharge plan, which may be used to facilitate patient education and transitions of care.

Nurses who have purchased the document have raved about it:

"I personally feel it is a very helpful, concise handout that would be of great benefit to those at an entry level to ostomy care and the related discharge planning. I plan to incorporate it into my orientation of staff and student nurses.” – Sue Gluek, RN, CWON, The Community Hospital

"In a nutshell, this has been a great tool for other staff to reference when I am away, including how to get supplies, where to obtain them and what the patient needs. I am usually the only one that pre-orders supplies for patients, as I am the only ET for inpatient and outpatient care. When on vacation, there is a great disconnect.

Acute care nurses don’t know what should be provided, from where, and they have the misconception that home care ALWAYS provides supplies. Social service doesn’t know what to order (lack of knowledge in ostomy care). This guideline has provided detailed information for staff nurses when I am not available. Great job!” – Lori Lynne, Nurse Manager of an outpatient wound clinic associated with Meadville Medical Center.

"The publication "Discharge Planning for a Patient with a New Ostomy” has been a great resource. With this new publication, I have been able to update our Ostomy Care Policy, educate Case Managers concerning discharge plan, train new WOC nurses concerning ostomy care and provide tips for patients. The benefits from owning this publication have improved my practice by being able to stay current with information, improving processes to promote the continuum of care for patients with ostomies and being able to provide the best care possible.” - Tyree Fender, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, Confluence Health.

The document helps both non-WOC nurses and new WOC nurses by providing a guideline to ensure that a comprehensive ostomy education is done for a patient with a new ostomy before being discharged. The document features information on ordering ostomy supplies, ostomy manufacturers and support resources that are helpful with the transitions of care from hospital to home.

For more information or to purchase Discharge Planning for a Patient with a New Ostomy members click here. Nonmembers click here.

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A WOCN Member's Response to the CDC’s "Tips from Former Smokers" Campaign

Posted By Becky Dryden, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

By Amanda Blanton, BSN, RN, CWOCN

For the majority of my nursing career, I have been a WOC nurse (and loved every minute). Before receiving WOC training, I worked as a staff nurse on a step-down unit where I was often faced with life and death situations. Quick thinking and saving lives is a part of the job people always ask me if I miss since I decided to become a WOC nurse. What nurses outside our world don't fully comprehend is how we save lives each and every day.

Life isn't just about the breaths we take or the number of times our heart beats. Life is about our passions, the people we love and the hobbies we enjoy doing. In my 5½ years of WOC nursing, I have witnessed firsthand how ostomates fight to return to a normal life and struggle to conform to what society says is normal. It is our job to support, educate and encourage every individual that requires an ostomy so that they may have every possible chance at embracing their new life, because in every case the stoma has done just that – given them a new lease on life.

No one could have prepared me for how my life's work would encompass being a friend, a counselor or just a shoulder to cry as these individuals navigate their ostomy journeys. Additionally, no one could have prepared me for how inspired I would be by each ostomate's perseverance, strength and will to live again. These reasons are why I was so stunned by the CDC's ad.

I speak to all my WOC nurse colleagues when I say we must take offense to the CDC's "Tips from Former Smokers" ad for its implied assumptions and stigmas about life with an ostomy. We cannot stand idly by while these ads destroy our work and the reality that each ostomate, present and future, can have a normal life.

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WOCN Society Staff Visits WOCNEP

Posted By Becky Dryden, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On Monday, March 30, 2015, WOCN Society National Office representatives Heather Martinek, Becky Dryden, Megan Grant and Cynthia Cook visited the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden. The team had the opportunity to meet with Program Director Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, and nurses participating in the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOCNEP). Students who complete the didactic and practicum portions of the program are qualified to sit for the wound, ostomy and continence nursing certification exams offered by the WOC Nursing Certification Board. These certifications are recognized by the American Nurses Association.

It was an exciting exchange of information with the students engaged in accessing the WOCN website and learning about the many benefits of WOCN Society membership and its resources – resources such as access to a wide variety of educational information and guidelines for the specialty, plus access to like-minded professional colleagues to support patient challenges.

These students plays a critical role in the safe patient care of individuals across the lifespan and across healthcare settings (acute care, home care, assisted living, long-term care). As the population ages and with the dramatic surge in chronic illnesses like diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular disease, oncologic disorders and urinary/fecal incontinence, the demand for WOC-certified nurses is growing rapidly.

Learn more about the WOCNEPs.

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Announcing a new tool for bedside clinicians

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Thursday, April 2, 2015

The WOCN Society is pleased to announce the launch of an electronic version of the support surface selection algorithm. Clinicians may now access the algorithm electronically via smartphones, tablets, and other internet-connected devices. The algorithm, published earlier this year in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, is the first evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for support surface selection that has undergone content validation.


The Society created the electronic version in order to provide bedside clinicians with easily-accessible information to aid in making consistent decisions about support surface selection. Development of the algorithm was funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Hill-Rom. 


Access the algorithm now and share it with colleagues who make decisions regarding the selection of support surfaces for patients. 

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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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