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Q&A with National Conference Planning Committee Chair

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Thursday, November 1, 2018

Q&A with Sunniva Zaratkiewicz, PhD, RN, CWCN
National Conference Planning Committee Chair
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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:

  • Wellness
    Behaviors, actions and interventions to promote health and well-being.
  • Symptom Science
    Understanding pathophysiology and manifestations of acute and chronic illness.
  • Quality
    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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WOC Nurse Experience at the NSNA 35th Annual MidYear Career Planning Conference

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Written by Society member Daphne (Weiland) Hodges, BSN, RN, CWOCN.


NSNA 35th Annual MidYear Career Planning Conference

The National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. (NSNA®) held their 35th Annual MidYear Career Planning Conference in San Diego from November 2-5, 2017. The conference hosted close to 550 nursing students and faculty, where nursing students received information about emerging healthcare trends and learned about legislative issues that impact the nursing profession.

I had the opportunity to represent the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) in two sessions. In the first session, ten nursing specialties were represented, including the WOC nursing specialty. 325 student nurses attended the specialty nurse panel session. A small breakout session followed with a greater focus on what WOC nursing is and the resources and support that the WOCN Society offers to members. The students were very enthusiastic about WOC nursing.

After each session, trails of nursing students followed me off-stage and into the hallway for sidebar conversations, questions and selfies, which allowed me to further (informally) plug the endless possibilities and career opportunities for our nurses of tomorrow.

I may be biased, but I believe I left the nursing students with feel-good emotions of smiles, applause and tears as I shared my experiences and the impact that WOC nursing has made on my life and on the lives of people WOC nurses have touched.

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What Makes a Successful Abstract?

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Written by National Conference Planning Committee Abstract Chair, Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN. Please email Jody with any questions regarding abstracts at ascardil@verizon.net.


Submit_Abstract_WOCN50Do 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?
ePosterFor 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.


2017_First_Time_Poster_PresentersFirst-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, (ascardil@verizon.net), 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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WOCN Society Represented at the National Student Nurses' Association 34th Annual Mid-Year Planning Conference

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Monday, February 13, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 10, 2017

Nursing students considering their many options following graduation were introduced to wound, ostomy and continence nursing at the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) 34th Annual Mid-Year Planning Conference. More than 600 junior and senior nursing students from across the country attended the conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in November 2016.

WOCN Society member Carolyn Crumley, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, presented a concurrent student workshop, “Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing – WOC Nurses: Who we are, what we do,” which provided an overview of the impact that the WOC specialty has on patient outcomes and the various opportunities for board-certified WOC nurses. Carolyn also participated in a nursing specialty showcase panel presentation, with many students expressing an interest and requesting additional information.

Interestingly enough, in an unusual coincidence, the panel participants who represented eight different nursing specialties included a classmate from each of Carolyn’s nursing education programs – BSN, MSN and DNP!

Read Carolyn’s thoughts on her informative presentation and how she hoped it impacted the students:

1. What is one piece of information you hope attendees took away and found helpful from your student workshop, "WOC Nurses: Who we are, what we do?"

I hope that the nursing students who attended the session gained a better understanding of the WOC specialty nursing practice – whether they were interested in pursuing WOC specialty practice as their career path or in working with WOC nurses within their organization in other capacities. For those attendees who were interested in pursuing the WOC specialty practice, I hope that they found the discussion of the educational and certification options helpful. Finally, I hope that my passion for working with wound, ostomy and continence patients inspired them to seek out an area of nursing in which they feel the same dedication and personal satisfaction.

2. What piece of advice did you provide the students during the Nursing Specialty showcase panel presentation?

I stressed to the students that if you are not experiencing personal fulfillment in a nursing position that you are working in, explore the multitude of other opportunities. And it is not all about how much money that you make!

3. What did you like most about presenting to nursing students at the NSNA conference?

It was inspiring to see a new generation of nurses involved with a professional organization, even prior to graduation! I heard several other presenters who reinforced the benefits of continuing their involvement with the various nursing and specialty organizations.

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