Posted By Kristin Petty,
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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We are pleased to announce that the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses SocietyTM (WOCN®) has been named a Power of A Silver Award winner by The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Each year, ASAE runs a Power of A campaign, which brings attention to the association community’s valuable contributions to society at the local, national and global levels. Through the Power of A Awards, ASAE honors the outstanding accomplishments of associations in the categories of Enriching Lives, Creating a Competitive Workforce, Preparing Society for the Future, Driving Innovation and Making a Better World. WOCN was one of 114 entries that the Power of A Awards Judging Committee reviewed in 2019 and one of 24 associations across the United States to be awarded a silver level honor for driving innovation with their digital education initiatives. These initiatives include the Society’s podcast channel, WOCTalk, WOCN Society Clinical tools, rebroadcasted education sessions and bite-sized learning courses.
to view all of this year’s award winners.
Overview of WOCN Society Digital Education Initiatives
As clinical experts, leaders and passionate caregivers, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the time to stay up-to-date on the latest healthcare advances, industry news and education. The WOCN Society recognizes that WOC nurses and other healthcare professionals have limited time during, and even after their working hours, and we are dedicated to finding new ways to help support their practice and encourage increased positive outcomes among those they serve-- that is why we have rolled out various digital education resources to our membership and the greater healthcare community. Among our newest initiatives are our new podcast channel, WOCTalk, WOCN Society Clinical tools, rebroadcasted education sessions and bite-sized learning courses. Each of these educational resources allow not only our members, but other healthcare professionals, the ability to learn more about the advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs—each available in digital formats that are easily digestible for our members and other healthcare professionals to interact and digest education that will support their practice and improve outcomes for the patients they serve.
Reach of Digital Education Initiatives
While each of our digital education resources were created with our membership in mind, we are pleased to promote that they are far reaching beyond our 5,200 WOC professionals. We continue to market their value to not only our membership, but like-minded healthcare professionals who can benefit from each of them. While the Society considers each of these resources and added member-benefit, they are ultimately beneficial for anyone looking to improve their education, clinical practice and patient outcomes.
Objectives and Outcomes of Digital Education Initiatives
While objectives for each of our digital education resources vary, they all share a simple commonality; each unique in nature, the Society’s various digital clinical resources were created to increase the effectiveness of care to patients with wound, ostomy and continence care needs. Originally created with our membership in mind, we realize that the education each provides helps create a heightened awareness of the WOC specialty and further advance the quality of life for the patients that WOC nurses and other healthcare professionals serve.
podcast channel courtesy of the WOCN Society. Episodes can be found at wocn.org/podcast
and downloaded on iOS and Android devices. Since WOCTalk was launched in October of 2018, our episodes have exceeded 15,000 downloads from 38 different countries.
WOCN Society Clinical Tools
Online Clinical Tools to help achieve optimal patient outcomes. Each clinical tool has its own unique URL where it can be accessed, however a summary of the tools can be found at wocn.org/clinicaltools
Rebroadcasted Education Sessions
Individuals can attend live rebroadcasts of past Conference Sessions for Contact Hours. Since introducing rebroadcasted sessions in 2018, over 2,300 individuals registered to watch the live education sessions offered by the Society. 3 new rebroadcasted sessions will be available in the Fall of 2019.
This year, the Society rolled out a new way to earn Contact Hours. These courses, found at wocncec.org
, break down important WOC education topics into small, easily digestible sessions. Since rolling out the idea of “bite-sized learning” to our Continuing Education Center in early 2019, we have added 6 sessions to our online library. Each of these courses is 30 minutes or less in length.
Embodying the Power of Associations
As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the Society is cognizant of our need to sustain and maintain not only our membership, but the overall WOC nursing specialty, and find new ways to innovate, empower and educate the healthcare community to increase patient outcomes. Each of our current digital education resources do just that; from quick podcast episodes on hot topics, online education courses that fit into busy schedules and clinical tools and resources accessible with a few clicks on a device held in the palm of your hand, the Society’s digital education resources are an example of the impact associations can make when they think beyond their current offerings and dedicate themselves to finding new ways to help support their members and the individuals and communities that they serve.
Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
In 2018, the WOCN Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Our 50th year gave way to various initiatives, each of which helped the Society chart its path forward while contributing to advocacy efforts, research and educational opportunities that supported our members’ practice and helped us continue to build a solid foundation for future generations to come. Each of these initiatives would not have been possible if it were not for our dedicated volunteers who lent us the time, support and expertise to bring each idea and resource to fruition.
While the Society has worked hard to create each of these offerings, we realize our work is not nearly done. Each year, we will continue to expand upon each of these resources by updating data, offering additional education opportunities, seeking our memberships' feedback and working closely with industry partners to help bring our vision of being the trusted global authority and leader in wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) care to life.
Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Friday, April 12, 2019
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… WOC nurse!
When you think of who typically comes to saves the day, you may think of a fictional superhero from comic books or movies. The reality is that Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurses are our everyday heroes! They come to save the day for millions of people living with wound, ostomy and continence care needs. WOC nurses may not have movies or television shows dedicated to them (yet!), but they possess many of the same traits as superheroes. If you are a WOC nurse, if you know a WOC nurse, or if you have been a patient of a WOC nurse you know the truth.
Here are reasons that prove WOC nurses are real life superheroes:
1. They have healing powers
WOC nurses use their clinical expertise to provide intensive physical and emotional care. They help patients return to their normal lives by:
- Treating and preventing chronic wounds, pressure ulcers (injuries), venous leg ulcers, diabetes mellitus and surgical wounds.
- Helping to select pre-operative stoma site marking to ensure post-operative independence, identifying and treating common peristomal skin problems, providing nutritional support, implementing moisture management interventions and teaching individuals how to use pouching systems.
- Assessing physical, psychological and social aspects of urinary and fecal incontinence, preventing and treating catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and providing support treatment to help restore continence.
2. They are selfless
To be a nurse, you must love it. WOC nurses are one-of-a-kind. They are dedicated to their patients. Patients honor WOC nurses for the care, kindness, guidance and support they provide. WOC nurses take the time to really get to know their patients to better help understand care for their individual needs. WOC nurses are always there if you ever need anything!
3. They are brave
The healthcare field is not for the faint of heart, and WOC nurses show courage and bravery in many aspects of their career and daily lives. Many of the situations that WOC nurses face include bleak medical conditions, fast-paced decisions that could affect the life of another, hospital protocols and helping soothe scared patients.
4. They are strong
Being a WOC nurse requires both physical and mental strength. They often spend a lot of time on their feet performing physically demanding procedures. WOC nurses remain mentally strong for their patients. WOC nurses constantly provide reassurance and knowledge to help patients become confident and independent in their abilities to move forward with a new way of life.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a wound that won't heal, facing ostomy surgery, or having problems with incontinence you deserve a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse!
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Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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1. I want to take advantage of the member discount on registration fees, but my membership expires soon. What should I do?
Renew your WOCN membership BEFORE registering to ensure you receive the correct savings and have a smooth registration experience. Click here to update your WOCN membership now. Not a member? Join now.
2. I want to register now, but I can only pay by check. Is that an option?
This year everyone can register online. If you are going to pay by check, you can now submit all of your information online and opt for a check payment at the end of your registration process.
3. I noticed that the format of this year's schedule is different. Will this change the way we evaluate sessions and receive Contact Hours?
This year the education at WOCNext will be presented under trending healthcare themes:
- Symptom Science
- Clinical Care Innovations
The themes are new and allow us to more seamlessly integrate our specialties of wound, ostomy, continence, and professional practice material into current and meaningful areas of focus in healthcare. Not to worry, each session still falls under one or more of these specialties and your evaluation process and access to Contact Hours will not be affected. Each session's specialty is listed under the session description in the event schedule.
4. I see that that "increased product knowledge" is something that is listed as new this year. What does that mean for attendees and exhibitors?
Given your feedback, we have allotted more time to make one-on-one or small group appointments with vendors in order to allow attendees to meet with vendors regarding products that they would like more information about. This also allows exhibitors to spend the time needed to answer more in-depth questions in a setting that is a little less busy and noisy than the usual vendor hall hours. You will use MyWOCN to create these appointments, which can be scheduled from 11am - 12pm on both Monday and Tuesday. More information on the scheduling tool will be coming soon!
5. Is the education provided at WOCNext just for WOC nurses?
The education provided at WOCNext is applicable to a wide variety of healthcare clinicians; including, but not limited to, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician’s assistants, physicians, and physical therapists. Whether you work in a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility, long term acute care, respite, home health, tele-health, or provide mobile health care for those experiencing homelessness. If you work with patients that have wounds, ostomies or incontinence needs, this event is for you. The content being offered is equally applicable to those working in research, quality improvement, and the legal profession. There’s something for everyone at WOCNext!
If you have any questions that are not listed, please contact the National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.224.9626.
Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Monday, November 5, 2018
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As a nurse, I am uniquely positioned – and have the expertise – to facilitate meaningful conversations with patients and families about present and future health care, and how those interventions align with patient values, beliefs, and goals. That’s why I am joining the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and the WOCN® Society to participate in the “#ISaidWhatIWant,” social media initiative, and am encouraging my nursing colleagues to say what they want by establishing their own advance care plan.
Advance care planning (ACP) is a process for patients and their families to discuss end-of-life care, clarify related values and goals, and state preferences through written documents and medical orders. In situations where a patient’s decision-making capacity is limited, health care providers turn to family members to make decisions. When there have been no ACP conversations between the patient and family, family members are left to make decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment without input from the patient or with little knowledge of the patient’s wishes.
#ISaidWhatIWant starts with nurses. What better way for nurses to demonstrate the value of ACP than to lead by example? If I want to help my patients and the public realize the true value of ACP and advance directives, I should take that step myself – and I did!
If you have already made an advance care plan, tell your family, friends and followers on social media why you believe in ACP using the hashtag #ISaidWhatIWant. If you haven’t, please do it now as a gift to your loved ones.
There are many online resources available to assist with ACP, such as The Conversation Project --an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Information.
For further information, see HPNA’s Position Statement on Advance Care Planning available at advancingexpertcare.org/position-statements.
Carolyn Watts, MSN, RN, CWON
WOCN Society's Liaison for Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
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Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Thursday, November 1, 2018
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Q&A with Sunniva Zaratkiewicz, PhD, RN, CWCN
National Conference Planning Committee Chair
What goes into planning a big educational event like WOCNext?
So much more goes into planning than I ever realized prior to joining the National Conference Planning Committee (NCPC). It’s a full year of meetings and the dedication of many volunteers and WOCN staff who make the event happen. The amount of time that each track co-chair puts into finding just the right topics and speakers, the time in communication with speakers and the broader NCPC, is no small commitment. Most impressively, everyone involved is dedicated, patient, and willing to work hard to ensure we provide the best possible content and experience for attendees.
What was the thought process behind rebranding the WOCN Society’s conference for 2019 (and beyond)?
We heard from our members that they were looking for innovations and change. We took these recommendations and dedicated focused time on the committee in which we discussed adult learning theory and recent industry trends, along with relevant and novel research. These conversations and collaboration allowed us to reframe the way we did things in the past in a way that retains the well-respected integrity of the event and incorporates new and innovative approaches to information sharing and education.
What does the name WOCNext mean to you?
WOCNext means not only keeping the stride with an ever-changing and evolving healthcare environment, but being a leader in setting the pace that drives patient care, education, and research with an ever-present focus on the best possible patient outcomes.
What’s new this year for attendees?
Themes: how were the themes decided?
We looked at national aims in healthcare quality and improvement along with feedback from our members and found the common ground that linked these. Not surprisingly, the feedback and national aims were closely mirrored. This year, the education at WOCNext will be presented under the following themes:
Behaviors, actions and interventions to promote health and well-being.
- Symptom Science
Understanding pathophysiology and manifestations of acute and chronic illness.
Measures of patient-centered, safe, effective, timely, efficient and equitable care.
- Clinical Care Innovations
Advancing practice through the integration of education and research.
Format: what was the goal for creating 30,60, and 90-minute sessions? What else is new about educational formats in 2019?
Higher education adopted these variations in traditional class/lecture times some time ago. As time goes on, other conferences and educational events have had success with this format as well. The themes are new and allow us to more seamlessly integrate wound, ostomy, continence, and professional practice material into current and meaningful areas of focus in healthcare. The approach is well rounded and inclusive… and, I think, fun!
Increased product knowledge: what does that mean for attendees and exhibitors?
We have allotted more time to make one-on-one or small group appointments with vendors in order to allow attendees to meet with vendors regarding products that they would like more information about. This also allows exhibitors to spend the time needed to answer more in-depth questions in a setting that is a little less busy and noisy than the usual vendor hall hours.
Enhanced networking opportunities
I’m very excited about having a mixer for all attendees on the first night. Be ready for some fun ways to get to know your colleagues, meet new folks, and re-connect with others.
Is the education provided at WOCNext just for WOC nurses?
The education provided at WOCNext is applicable to a wide variety of healthcare clinicians; including, but not limited to, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician’s assistants, physicians, and physical therapists. Whether you work in a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility, long term acute care, respite, home health, tele-health, or provide mobile health care for those experiencing homelessness. The content is equally applicable to those working in research, quality improvement, and the legal profession. There’s something for everyone at WOCNext!
What are you the most excited about at WOCNext 2019?
Between the amazing speakers and topics, networking with other WOC clinicians and researchers, getting to know new attendees, checking out the vendor hall, and enjoying Nashville, it’s pretty hard to decide what I’m most excited about at WOCNext 2019. Fair to say, I’m planning on enjoying every minute!
For more information on WOCNext 2019, please visit wocnext.org.
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