Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Monday, October 30, 2017
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Written by Chair of the Scholarship Task Force, Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN.
Have you ever wondered about the scholarship program offered by the WOCN® Society? Up until recently, scholarships were awarded based mostly on financial need. While this is a good goal for the Society at times, the most deserving candidates did not qualify. The application has been revised to reflect contribution to wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) practice and to the Society. The new application process will begin in the next scholarship cycle on January 8, 2018.
While financial need will still be a portion of the criteria to qualify for a scholarship, it will no longer be the primary reason one is awarded a scholarship. These changes are being made for several reasons. One reason is to address the financial disparities across the country; a $100,000 salary in California or New York City does not have the same financial value as in middle America. Another reason is to address contributions to the Society and the profession. We wish to give scholarships to those who will advance the mission, vision and values of the Society and the profession of WOC nursing.
Some of the new questions on the scholarship application for both an advanced degree and for a WOC education will include:
- In 500 words or less, describe why you want to become a WOC nurse. Identify some of your personal strengths/challenges.
- How do you see daily work as a WOC nurse aligning with the mission and vision of the WOCN Society?
- In 500 words or less, describe how you view your WOC nurse role evolving as you obtain an advanced degree?
- What contributions to the profession of WOC nursing do you anticipate due to obtaining an advanced degree?
It is the Society’s belief that the changes to the scholarship application will help identify those who will contribute to the mission, vision and values of the Society and help to advance the WOC nursing profession. We hope you will encourage your co-workers and those interested in WOC nursing to apply for a scholarship when the next cycle begins on January 8, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact the WOCN Society via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the National Office at 888.224.9626.
Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN
Chair of the Scholarship Task Force
Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Written by National Conference Planning Committee Abstract Chair, Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN. Please email Jody with any questions regarding abstracts at email@example.com.
Do you have a complicated clinical challenge from your practice that you successfully managed? Have you completed a research study, process improvement project or developed an innovative program related to WOC specialty? How about a series of cases with successful outcomes? If so, consider submitting a poster abstract for the WOCN® Society’s 50th Annual Conference, from June 3-6, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA.
If the abstract is accepted, you will present your poster during the Annual Conference at the always exciting poster session. You may even win a prize! The abstract will be published in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN). Submitting an abstract is an easy process and a great way to share your knowledge and skills with your peers. The poster presenter is eligible for 10 Professional Growth Program (PGP) points for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) recertification for each poster that is presented.
What is an abstract?
The abstract is the summary of the information to be shared on the poster. A successful abstract is pertinent to the WOC nursing specialty, clear, concise and well written. Review the guidelines for preparation and development of posters.
Another way to familiarize yourself with an abstract is to review the accepted abstracts from the 49th Annual Conference and the JWOCN supplement of the scientific and clinical abstracts from the 49th Annual Conference to give you an idea of what colleagues have successfully presented in the past.
What is an Electronic Poster?
For the first time in 2018, there will be a select number of posters presented in an electronic format (ePoster). The ePosters will be presented on a monitor in the poster hall instead of a paper poster. The abstract submission process is the same for both traditional paper posters and ePosters. The National Conference Planning Committee is very excited about this cutting edge addition. Click here to learn more about ePosters.
How is the Abstract Reviewed?
The abstract is blind peer-reviewed by members of the WOCN Society. Reviewers evaluate the abstract in the categories of research, case studies and practice innovations. When evaluating abstracts, researchers look for posters that will add to or enhance the body of knowledge of our specialty practice. The abstracts are reviewed and rated using a valid and reliable tool. Selected research abstracts will be used for oral presentations at the Annual Conference.
First-Time Abstract Presenters
Sage Products will provide the WOCN Society an unrestricted educational grant to provide a limited number of travel scholarships to support first-time abstract presenters with a focus on Preventative Practices for Wounds. This is a great way to attend conference and offset expenses. If your submission meets these criteria, you should check off the first-time presenter button and make sure you choose Preventative Practices under the Wound category.
Tips for Success
- Read the submission process tutorial before starting your abstract submission.
- The deadline is the deadline. Submissions will NOT be accepted after Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PST.
- Do not use names of individuals or facilities on the abstract.
- Use generic names VS. name brands on the abstract and poster.
- Cite the references used for the project in the abstract and on the bottom of the poster.
- Only submit completed work. Work in progress will not qualify as a successful submission.
- Follow the clear instructions! Yes, that means staying within the 250-word count.
- Email the Abstract Chair, Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN, (firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions. We want you to succeed and will answer any questions we can. If you have a question it is likely that someone has asked the same question before, so don’t feel embarrassed! Everyone was a novice poster presenter once.
Remember, just because you know something or have solved a clinical problem doesn’t mean everyone else knows. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or expert WOC clinician. Share your knowledge and help keep our specialty strong. You will be so happy you did!
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Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Friday, August 4, 2017
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RitKen and Associates, LLC. exhibited at the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) 28th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, where they took the opportunity to promote the WOCN® Society, the Continuing Education Center (CEC), the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program and the Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program to more than 700 conference attendees.
As part of the pre-conference, RitKen and Associates, LLC. held an on-site WTA Program clinical competency test for registered nurses who previously signed up for and completed the program’s online activities. As a result of the on-site clinical competency test, Cindy Valle, RN, of Diamond Home Health, successfully passed and officially became one of the newest graduates of the WTA Program!
During the conference, many attendees expressed their frustration related to the difficulty of finding enough WOC nurses to serve in a variety of health care settings, especially in home and hospice care. RitKen and Associates, LLC. stated, “It was gratifying to hear the expressions of respect for our specialty and professional society from home care and hospice owners, administrators and clinicians.”
RitKen and Associates, LLC. promoted the WTA Program as an extension of the WOC nurse’s reach, emphasizing the clinical role WTA graduates play in health care facilities. Graduates of the WTA Program have the ability to facilitate optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of the WOC specialty nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse or physician. For more information on the WTA Program, please click here.
The WOCN Society would like to thank RitKen and Associates, LLC. for supporting the Society’s clinical and educational efforts to advance the WOC nursing practice and achieve evidence-based outcomes.