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Frequently Asked Questions About WOCNext 2019

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:

  • Wellness
  • Symptom Science
  • Quality
  • 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 info@wocn.org or 888.224.9626.

Tags:  acute care  conference  content  education  event  FAQ  healthcare  home health  hospital  Nashville  nurse  nurses  nursing  physical therapist  physician  physician's assistant  registration  respite  telehealth  WOCNext 

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Awesome Ollie the Ostomy Bear

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Updated: Friday, January 6, 2017

The Society does not endorse or support products or services. This is a guest blog post written by ostomy patient and advocate, Dawnette Meredith.

If you have a story you would like to share, please email share@wocn.org.


Awesome Ollie the Ostomy Bear

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This is me, a 50-year-old woman completely thrilled about a very expensive stuffed bunny from overseas. Ridiculous you say? Well, this is a very special bunny. It has an ostomy just like me! I underwent ostomy surgery in December of 2016 after battling severe colonic-inertia for 49 years, 9 months and 15 days. My bunny was a bright spot in my recovery. It was a daily reminder to smile and laugh at an otherwise less than ideal situation. For heaven’s sake, I’m a grown woman, but there I was showing off my stuffed bunny to family and friends! It somehow made it easier to talk about my illness and recent surgery.

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This little bunny sparked in me a hope to pass along positivity to other ostomates, and a dream to give children in the United States who undergo ostomy surgery a teddy bear with an ostomy. I designed a Teddy bear with a red button for a stoma and a removable Velcro ostomy pouch. Awesome Ollie the Ostomy Bear was born.

Rady_Nurses_BearsThere’s no better place to start than in your own back yard. Rady Children’s Hospital, near my home in San Diego, which performs roughly 120 ostomy surgeries per year, was the perfect place to begin. I know from personal experience that ostomy nurses are essential to helping patients recover and cope after ostomy surgery. My husband and I sponsored eight Awesome Ollie Ostomy Bears and delivered them to the ostomy nurses at Rady Children’s Hospital. The ostomy nurses were given the joyful task of handing out the bears to their ostomy patients. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and soon Rady Children’s Hospital called for more bears! Soon, other children’s hospitals wanted to acquire the bears for their ostomy patients. I quickly needed to find a way to get bears sponsored in time for the holidays!

Rady_Hospital_BearsI approached my ostomy support group and its members with the possibility of sponsoring the bears for Rady Children’s Hospital. Within 20 minutes, over 30 bears were sponsored! Wow! I hurried to prepare the bears before Christmas-time. I like to think of myself as “The Ostomy Elf” busily working in my teddy bear workshop. In a flurry of fabric and thread, the bears were ready. The second batch of sponsored bears was joyfully delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital in December 2016.

It’s a new year and Awesome Ollie the Ostomy bear has BIG plans! The goal is to secure funding and provide free Awesome Ollie Ostomy Bears to children’s hospitals all across the United States.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor Awesome Ollie Ostomy Bears at a hospital in your area or purchase a bear for yourself, please contact me at Terrabusy@yahoo.com or 858-336-4418. Awesome Ollie sponsorship costs $20/per bear. Find Awesome Ostomy on Facebook to keep up on all the Ostomy Bear news.

Tags:  advocate  bear  cope  experience  hospital  nurse  ostomate  ostomy  positivity  sponsor  surgery 

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Top Tips for Night Shift Nurses

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, September 29, 2014

At one point in their career, most nurses will work the night shift. Some love it, others dread it. Whether you love it or hate it, here are some tips WOCN found to get you through the night.

  • Coffee/Caffeine is not always your friend. While it may seem like a great idea to hit up Dunkin or Starbucks on your way in to work, consuming copious amounts of caffeine can end up doing more harm than good. If you have to have it, try drinking it later in your shift so that you avoid a “caffeine crash.”
  • Keep your guard up. No one ever wishes for an emergency but night shifts can go on for hours without anything “eventful” happening. Don’t let your guard down – be ready for something to happen when you least expect it so that when/if it does happen, you are on top of your game!
  • Change it up. Some nurses report that after they’ve worked the night shift for years, their career has come to a screeching halt. It’s a good idea to occasionally work the day shift so that key decision makers can see you in action and know the skills you possess.
  • Friend me! It’s no secret that night shifts can tend to be tight knit groups. Make sure you get to know who you are working with as those around you can make a long night shift longer if you don’t enjoy being around one another!
  • Brighten up. If you have the ability to wear brightly colored scrubs on your shift, do so. Studies have shown that the brighter the colors, the happier a person is. You can also make patients feel better too when they need a pick-me-up the most.
  • Snack time! Eating can be a huge issue for many that work nights. Eating a “breakfast” before you go to work can help boost your energy while making you feel ready for the day, well, night. If eating as soon as you get up isn’t your thing, bring food with you as well as a snack to eat in the wee hours of the morning. Nothing is worse than being hungry and when you are, it can make you feel more tired than you already are.
  • Not for everyone. Some take the night shift to assist with childcare issues, scheduling conflicts, etc. but sometimes, those who work the night shift find out that it wasn’t everything they thought it was going to be. If you find yourself in this position, it’s okay to talk to your supervisor. If you can’t perform to the degree that you need to, you aren’t helping anyone, especially yourself!

Have more tips on how to survive the night shift? Never worked it but have questions for those that do? Sound off below!

Source: www.TheNerdyNurse.com 

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