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 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.