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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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Submit a Successful Abstract for WOCNext

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Thursday, September 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2018

This blog was written by the WOCNext Abstract Chair, Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN.


Do you have a complicated clinical challenge from your practice that you managed successfully? Have you completed a research study, process improvement project or developed an innovative program related to the wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty? How about a series of cases with successful outcomes?

If so, consider submitting a poster abstract for WOCNext, the WOCN® Society’s annual conference, in Nashville, TN, from June 23-26, 2019.

If the abstract is accepted, you will present your poster in Nashville at the always exciting poster session. You may even win an award! All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) and will be available on the WOCN website. It is an easy process that is a great way to share your knowledge and skills with your peers. The poster presenter is eligible for 10 PGP (professional growth points) for WOCNCB recertification for each poster that is presented.

Some accepted abstracts will be offered the option of presenting electronically (ePoster) on a monitor in the poster hall instead of developing a paper poster. Feedback about the ePoster option from the WOCN Society’s 50th  Annual Conference was very positive.

A successful abstract is pertinent to WOC practice, clear, concise and well written. The abstract is the summary of the information to be shared on the poster. There are guidelines to assist in development that are available here. Another way to familiarize yourself is to review the abstracts from the supplement in the JWOCN. This will give you an idea of what colleagues have successfully presented in the past.

The abstract is blind reviewed by peer 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. Both the submission and review processes are electronic. The abstracts are reviewed and rated using a valid and reliable tool. Selected research abstracts will be used for oral presentations at the conference.

Tips for success

  • Read the tutorial before starting your submission.
  • The deadline is the deadline.
  • 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. Wait until next year.
  • Follow the clear instructions!
  • The 300-word count limit for the abstract does not include the title or authors.

  • Email or call the abstract chair with any questions. We want you to succeed and will answer any questions we can.Someone has asked the same question before you, so don’t feel embarrassed. Everyone was a novice poster presenter once.
  • The quality of our abstracts is phenomenal and most submissions are accepted. Follow the guidelines and go for it!
  • 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 glad you did.

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