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Why I decided to become a WOC Nurse

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For nurses, choosing a specialty can be one of the most important decisions they make of their career. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) recently followed and interviewed two WOC nurses to see how they determined the nursing field that they would enter into. Both young women offer different advice for potential WOC nurses and encourage the WOCN Society as a valuable resource. Erin and Lydia take you through an average work day and explain how they made the very important decision of becoming a WOC specialty practice nurse.

We encourage you to share these videos with anyone who might be considering the WOC nursing specialty. Information on how to become a WOC nurse can be found by clicking here.

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WOCN® New Image Library

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The WOCN Society has updated its image library, available through the WOCN website. This members-only library holds images related to wound, ostomy and continence patients that can be used for both educational and personal use and in any learning situation. The added benefit? These photos come directly from other WOC nurses.

To keep our library up to date and full of content, are asking that members help us build the library and submit any images that would be beneficial. We are searching for diverse and educational photos that can be used by the entire WOCN community.

Submitting photos is easy and can be done by any member. By using the submission form found through the WOCN website, you can share your images while building the WOC library.

The images can be of anything that you find helpful, educational or interesting. From wound before and after pictures to images of the patients you treat. Don’t forget the team you work with! Nurses and staff treating patients and partaking in their day to day routine make great images for the library and can used quite often! When taking any picture, remember to obtain the subject’s permission before publishing any photos. Images should be high resolution and can be taken by yourself or by someone you know. If they are taken from a source it is important to remember to reference the image. The WOCN Image Library page will guide you through this process so the image is correctly referenced.  

Grab your cameras and start snapping some photos! We can’t wait to see what you post! 

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Top Nursing Apps

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, July 14, 2014
Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Did you know that over half of the US population has a Smartphone? In the last three years, usage to access apps and the internet has nearly doubled. Stores, companies and even organizations (WOCN Society included!) are developing apps and doing away with printed material.

WOCN researched the top most-used apps for the nursing and medical field and this is what we found! In answer to the age-old question-yes, there is an app for that.

Evidence-Based Wound Care Guidelines and Fecal Ostomy Best Practice Mobile App
Of course we had to mention the brand new app from WOCN first! While there are many medical and nursing apps, the WOCN app is the first and only of its kind. The Evidence-Based Wound Care Guidelines and Fecal Ostomy Best Practice combines four wound care guidelines and the fecal ostomy best practice to deliver quick answers to the bedside—or wherever they are needed. The app covers pressure ulcers, fecal ostomies, lower extremity arterial disease (LEAD), lower extremity neuropathic disease (LEND), and lower extremity venous disease (LEVD).

View the differential assessment algorithm or image library to help you assess patients. Read the quick-reference guide, then view details with extended guidelines and tools.

Nursing Central: $169.99
This app helps nurses and students find detailed information on diseases, tests, drugs, and procedures. The moment a question arises you can consult the automatically updating database of 5,000 drugs, find a definition in the dictionary with more than 65,000 entries, interpret hundreds of laboratory and diagnostic tests, and consult the latest disease information. You can also subscribe to your favorite nursing journals and search the entire MEDLINE/PubMed database directly from your mobile device.

Epocrates: FREE and made Premium
The free drug reference app is the #1 mobile drug reference for U.S. physicians. With it you can search brand, generic, and OTC medicines.

Visual DX: FREE trial for 30 days, then monthly fee
This new medical app combines physician-reviewed clinical information with thousands of medical images from renowned physician and institutional collections. The only medical application to represent the variation of disease presentation through age, stage, and skin type, VisualDx Mobile addresses the key complexities faced by many clinicians today when diagnosing dermatologic and other visual condition.

PatientTouch: FREE
PatientTouch is a Mobile Care Orchestration solution that enables you to orchestrate people, processes, and data in real time. By connecting frontline clinicians to their patients, care team, and existing EHR infrastructure, PatientTouch improves safety, quality, efficiency, and nursing satisfaction, while reducing costs. Ultimately, PatientTouch allows you to spend more time on direct patient care. PatientTouch delivers Positive Patient Identification (PPID) workflows, clinically contextual communications, and configurable care interventions.

Medscape: FREE
WebMD’s physician app had the distinction of being the most downloaded free medical app of 2010. The #1 mobile platform for U.S. clinicians with over 4 million users. It includes a drug interaction checker, procedure reference, and daily medical news updates.

Merck Manual for Mobile + Web: Pricing varies 
The Merck Manual delivers trusted disease management information to any iOS device and the web. Choose The Merck Manual for Mobile and Web standalone app or bundle it with the Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms and Davis’s Drug Guide to create a versatile point-of-need solution.

Micromedex Drug Information: Free for Internet Subscribers
This application you can access content on drug information.  The industry’s most comprehensive drug information and is backed by the same thorough, unbiased editorial process as Micromedex. Now from anywhere, clinical care teams can instantly get information to support confident treatment decisions. 

Doximity: FREE
With this app, connect with any US physician including primary care and specialists nearby, co-authors, and colleagues from medical school and training. Highlight your CV in physician-optimized profiles and share your back-line with the colleagues you want to reach quickly. 

Medigram: FREE
Secure group messaging made easy within the hospital environment. This app is used within small local clinics to world-class institutions. Send encrypted images and messages to a group or individual with this helpful app.

Nurse’s Pocket Guide: FREE
Confirm accurate diagnosis and develop effect care plans with the Nurse’s Pocket Guide

Happy "app"ing!!

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Stream Big!

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, June 30, 2014

Did you miss conference this year? Miss a session while you were there that you wish you had attended? Were you not able to take part in the live streaming sessions? Don’t worry! Starting on Tuesday, July 1, the streamed hot sessions will be available for a limited time.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to obtain this cutting edge education.

Sessions are FREE for WOCN Members!* 
Not a member? Join now and reap the benefits! 

Non-Member costs are $30 per session or $300 for the full package that includes all 16 sessions!

Save up to 25% when you purchase the package!

Here are the sessions that will soon be available for viewing along with the presenters and original descriptions of each.

When the Music Changes, So Does the Dance: Health Transformation and the Role of the WOC Nurse Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS

There is been much discussion regarding the values and vagaries of health reform and the implications of the Affordable Care Act. 2014 is a critical year as many of the elements and requisites of health transformation and reform are enacted. The landscape for transforming nursing practice in clinical care now calls the profession to both recalibrate and reconfigure the foundations of nursing practice in ways that represent demonstrations of value in service, quality, and price. These challenges have significant implications for WOC nurses in a way that informs the transformation of our practice. This keynote session will challenge us to think differently about nursing practice in a value-driven health system and will challenge nurses to embrace and to engage new insights and processes which will transform the future of WOC nursing practice.

Health Care Reform: Creating a More Efficient WOC Nurse Practice
Kaye Martin
, RN

Health Care Reform is not going away! This session will provide the WOC nurse guidance with maintaining current Health Care Reform standards, while identifying creative ways to assist the WOC nurse to develop a more efficient system for practicing as a WOC nurse. 

Research: Fine Tuning Your WOC Skills (Oral Abstract Presentations)
Moderator - Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

This session will provide an opportunity for you to hear the latest research findings in WOC nursing.  Research-based abstracts are selected by a rigorous, two-step process. Clinical investigators will present their findings in a moderated podium session.

Capitalize Data to Catapult Your Value
Evelyn Catt, MHA, BSPH, CSSBB

WOC nurses currently have limited skill and knowledge in describing their contribution specific to the value equation and describing value to the key leaders they serve.  This session will cover the distinctive process for measuring a change and different ways to display results to create value for a defined target audience.   

LEAD with the Right Notes: Get in Tune with the Updated 2014 WOCN LEAD Guidelines
Phyllis A. Bonham, PhD, MSN, RN, CWOCN, DPNAP, FAAN

This session will discuss the recommendations in the WOCN® Society’s 2014 updated Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Wounds in Patients with Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease. This evidence-based guideline was developed by a panel of WOCN Society members. The presentation will address key updates in the following areas for assessment and management of LEAD: key assessment parameters, non-invasive tests, risk factors and co-morbidities, novel biomarkers, nutrition/medications, management of edema in mixed venous/arterial disease and post-surgical edema, surgical interventions, adjunctive therapies, and key strategies in patient/family education for risk reduction.

Out of Step – Atypical Wounds: HIT, Coumadin Necrosis, Necrobiosis Lipoidica
Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, FAAN

Atypical wounds are challenging clinical care events since their identification may initially be obscured. This session will focus on three clinical conditions, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) syndrome necrosis, Coumadin necrosis, and Necrobiosis Lipoidica. Epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, medical/surgical/nursing therapies and pharmacotherapy will be targeted.

Youth Gang Violence: NO Lyrics for Wounds 
Michel B. Aboutanos, MD, MPH, FACS

This powerful session will explore the "hidden” problems of gang violence (from the perspective of the Nurse, the Physician, and the wound care team) as well as the complex wounds sustained as a result of civilian injuries. Highlighted will be the aftermath of these violent and traumatic wounds, the clinical and social impact, prevention and intervention initiatives, and the role of the wound care team in this process.

Top Billing with Your WOCNCB Certification
Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS

Every Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse (CWOCN) confronts the constant issues related to others understanding the value, significance, and impact of her or his role. Often, the role is little understood and the value not preconceived until after the WOC has acted and made her or his contribution. The greatest promoters of WOC nurses services are those who have received them. The question is however how do certified WOC nurses generate a sense of value and contribution to the larger constituency in a way that deepens understanding and value in a way positively affects the use of the role? Important also, is the capacity to differentiate the role of the certified WOC nurse from those who offer such services without evidence of the knowledge, capacity, and skill validated by board certification. This brief session will connect both the tools necessary to marketing certified WOC nurses and to articulating and demonstrating the value of their certification. Special emphasis will be placed on changing expectations for the value of the certified WOC nurse within the context of a reformed health system This session will be fast-paced and will move from the general to the specific, talking primarily about contextual changes having an impact on the certified WOC nurse's obligation to create a relevant context for reframing value rather than simply focusing on reaction, action, and the usual functional responses themselves.  Discussion will stay centered on the forces reflecting the kinds of value certified WOC nurses will need to establish over the short term in their role in a transformed health care environment.

MASD vs. Pressure Ulcers: What is that Yellow Stuff?
Dorothy B. Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, FAAN

Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary Mahoney, BSN, RN, CWON

This session will highlight the challenge in differentiating moisture associated skin damage and pressure ulcers. The panel will present information regarding assessment characteristics of each condition to guide the learner in their practice setting. Additionally, the panel will discuss assessment pearls such as, "what is that yellow stuff” in the wound bed, and be asked to weigh in on whether superficial pressure ulcers exist. The session will include both the most up to date evidence based recommendations for assessment and classification as well as discuss recommendations for future research. 

The Wound Care Two Step: Integrating Palliative Care Principles into Everyday Practice
Kevin Emmons, DrNP, RN, CWCN

This session will discuss the principles of palliative wound care across the care continuum. A focus of this session will be placed on symptom management including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options.   

Thelma Wells Lecture: One Hit Wonders – Emerging Therapies Fecal Transplantation and Anti-Microbial Textiles
Stacy A. Kahn, MD
Laurie L. McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP

This session will offer health care providers an introduction to the emerging science of fecal transplantation and how it is used in the treatment of recurrent clostridium difficile. Research in the area of skin care in the presence of incontinence continues to expand clinical options.  This talk will also serve as an introduction to emerging science regarding those products most intimate to the patient: their linens.

Honky Tonk Blues: CAUTI Update-Nurse Driven Bundles
Vittoria Pontieri Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN

This session will provide the attendees with updated evidenced based CAUTI practices/protocols in acute care.  

Management of the Patient with a High Output Stoma
Janice C. Colwell, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAN

This session will review the management of a patient with a high output stoma (HOS). The information presented will build upon a previous conference presentation, and will cover the definition, differential diagnosis and assessment of  the patient with HOS. Practical information will be presented that will allow the attendee to develop a standard management plan for the patient with HOS.  

Turning the Hemodynamically Unstable Patient in the ICU
C. Tod Brindle, MSN, RN, ET, CWOCN
Rajiv Malhotra, DO, MS, FCCP
Ann Marie Nie, MSN, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN

This session will explore turning and repositioning the hemodynamically unstable adult and pediatric patient in the intensive care unit. Specifically, the panel will described the difference between expected changes in hemodynamic status based upon medications and medical condition and those which define the patient as truly too unstable to turn. Finally, the speakers will discuss techniques to safely turn patients in the ICU.

Norma Gill Lecture: The Lost Art of Colostomy Irrigations - I Want to Be Free
Vicki Haugen, BSN, RN, MPH, CWOCN, OCN

This session will discuss why we have lost the art of teaching colostomy irrigations, who are excellent candidates to irrigate, demonstrate how and when patients should be taught and finally, provide testimony from patients who have benefited from routine irrigations.

The Soundtrack of Your Success
Colette A. Carlson

Are you ready to turn up the volume on your career to gain the R-E-S-P-E-C-T you deserve? With a heavy dose of humor, Colette shares her prescription to fine tune your internal and external soundtrack resulting in less stress and more success in the frenetic-paced environment of healthcare. Improve your results as you note ways to communicate your accomplishments to become your own best advocate. Choose to become a strategic thinker to drive outcomes and influence decision-makers. Identify simple, yet powerful truths to lower your stress and increase your joy in both your professional and personal life.  

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WOCN Society’s 46th Annual Conference

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Are you ready to "fine tune" your WOC skills? The WOCN Society is hosting their 46th Annual Conference in Nashville, TN from June 21 to 25. Members and non-members are welcome to register now online or onsite when the time comes. The conference will consist of many interesting, spotlighted sessions such as "Youth Gang Violence: NO Lyrics for Wounds." Another hot session is "LEAD with the Right Notes: Get in Tune with the Updated 2014 WOCN LEAD Guidelines.” Check out the list of sessions offered on the WOCN Conference website and register now. If you can't get to the conference but wish you could be a part of the sessions, you still can! The hot sessions will be live streamed from Nashville for your viewing convenience.

This year follow the beat and take a look at our chart toppers that will be part of the WOCN Society's Top 20 for a chance to win an iPad mini! Visit our featured exhibitors and create harmony as you interact with our corporate supporters and gather notes. This event will take place during Exhibit Hall hours on Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24. Pick up your blank Top 20 Chart at the designated pick up locations. Then, simply visit the booths of our hit makers below and answer the questions. Return your completed Top 20 Chart to the designated drop off booths on Tuesday and be entered to win an iPad mini!

In the meantime, get your MyWOCN ready because this is going to be a great help. For those of you who may not know of it, MyWOCN is a FREE mobile app that allows you to be conveniently connected to the conference. You can plan meetings at the conference, network with exhibitors and select and schedule the sessions you wish to attend. This conference can be in the palm of your hand, with easy access. Take the brief tutorial to see how it works.

Now what happens when there's down time and you need to venture off? The WOCN Society offers its members and attendees a coupon when visiting the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. Don't miss out on the chance to visit such an amazing museum and with a great deal.

The WOCN Society looks forward to seeing you all there. Make sure to check out the General Information tab on the website for all your conference needs.  

Tags:  annual conference  exhibitors  Nashville  WOCN 

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