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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.

 

Eligibility

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 www.wocn.org. 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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This Week Only! Receive 2014 Early Bird Pricing for the 2015 Conference!

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This week only (Tuesday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 13) all attendees will be able to register for the 2015 Conference at the 2014 early bird pricing!

Registration Type

2014 Early Bird Pricing
For ONE WEEK only
(January 6 - 13, 2015)

Early Bird Pricing
(January 14 - April 15, 2015)

After April 15, 2015
and On Site

Member

$400

$475

$525

Non-Member

$475

$625

$675

Student*

$250

$300

$350

 

Other information for you to know…

 

FULL-TIME STUDENT - NEW POLICY
*Full-time students who are studying to become registered nurses (RN) or are in an accredited WOC Program can take advantage of the student fees. Students must show proof of student status (e.g., copy of current enrollment or letter from faculty advisor) with registration.

Click here for a sample of a letter from a faculty advisor.

 

Renew your membership before registering! 
WOCN Members, please make sure that your membership is up to date before beginning the registration process. This will ensure that you receive the correct savings and have a smooth registration experience.  Click here to update your membership now!

 

Take advantage of our GROUP discount! 
Register one person at the full conference price and save 10% on up to 5 additional registrations! To take advantage of this group discount, enter your first registrant and select "Add Another Registrant" on Step 5. Continue registering each person in your group. When you reach the total number in your order, the discount will automatically be reflected for each registrant. Registrants added after you checkout will not be part of the same order and therefore are not eligible for the volume discount.     


Group discount only valid through Monday, June 1, 2015. 

 

Tags:  2015 conference  early bird pricing  wocn annual conference  WOCN annual meeting 

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