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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,
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,
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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Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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Due to the growing need for wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses and a strong belief in the continued growth and success of WOC nursing, the WOCN® Society recently launched a campaign called “Fund the Future”. This capital campaign will help to create and grow a lasting network of certified WOC nurses, generate a heightened awareness of the specialty and further advance the quality of life for patients with wound, ostomy and continence needs.
Educational training and clinical practice are essential to the challenging, multi-faceted role of a WOC nurse and, as the demand for WOC nurses increases, it is vital that we equip the profession to respond to and successfully meet any and all future challenges. Donations from this campaign will help the Society raise and disseminate funding for nurses with a financial need to pursue educational and research activities related to wound, ostomy and continence nursing.
Plant the seeds to help nurture future WOC nurses as they seek additional education to grow their knowledge and advance their careers — make a donation and “Fund the Future” today!
Here are some easy ways to make an impact and increase your donations:
1. Double Your Donation with a Matching Gift
Want to double your donation amount? Check to see if your employer has a matching gifts program. If they do simply make your donation, save your donation receipt and inquire with your HR or Employee Relations Department about filling out a matching gifts form to have your employer “match” the gift you gave!
2. Create a Buzz by Adding a Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook
Is your special day coming up? A growing trend on social networks, such as Facebook, is to create a Birthday fundraiser and encourage your friends and followers to donate to a cause that is near and dear to your heart. For further instructions on how to set up your own fundraiser on Facebook, click here.
3. Brag About Your Donation to Friends
Are you on social media? We’ve set up an easy way to brag about your Fund the Future donation with easy-to-use social media “brag badges”. After you make a donation, simply scroll down to the “Show Your Support” section of the Fund the Future homepage and click on the social share button(s) of your choice to brag to your friends and followers and encourage additional donations.
4. Shop Through AmazonSmile
Do you shop on Amazon.com? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Be sure to select the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Foundation the next time you shop!
5. Update Your Email Signature
If you have the ability to update your email signature, consider adding a link to the Fund the Future page to spread the news to your contacts about the Society’s fundraising initiative. Adding an image to your signature is as easy as adding a picture to an email.
- Download the Fund the Future image below.
- Go to your email signature settings.
- Click on the "insert picture" icon and upload the Fund the Future image to your signature.
- Paste the web address foundation.wocn.org beneath the image.
- Save your changes.
Click here for detailed instructions on how to add an image to your email signature (Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and more).
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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 email@example.com or call the National Office at 888.224.9626.
Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN
Chair of the Scholarship Task Force