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WOCN Members Announced as Inductees for The American Academy of Nursing 2020 Class of Fellows

Posted By Kristin Petty, Friday, August 7, 2020

WOCN Members Announced as Inductees for The American Academy of Nursing 2020 Class of Fellows

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) announced it has selected 230 distinguished nurse leaders to join the 2020 Class of Fellows. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, taking place virtually October 29-31, 2020.


We are pleased to announce three of our very own WOCN members have been selected and will be inducted to the Academy 2020 Class of Fellows! Please join us in congratulating the following WOCN members on this marvelous recognition for their outstanding nursing leadership accomplishments.


Jill Cox, PhD, RN, APN-c, CWOCN

Rutgers University


Barbara Delmore, PhD, RN, CWCN, MAPWCA, IIWCC-NYU

NYU Langone Health


Catherine Ratliff, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

University of Virginia Health System


The Academy is currently comprised of more than 2,700 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally. Through a competitive, rigorous application process, a committee of elected Fellows review hundreds of applications and select new Fellows based on their contributions to advance the public’s health. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within the profession.


This will be the Academy's first ever virtual induction ceremony. Because of the format of this event, colleagues, friends, and family members who may not have been able to attend the event in person previously will have the option of cheering on this year's Fellows virtually. This year’s induction ceremony, which will feature personalized video vignettes of each inductee, will be a special way to recognize the new Fellows in a year where the global pandemic challenges traditional ways of celebration.


Learn more about the Academy and visit the virtual policy conference website for more details.

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The WOCN Society Introduces a Modernized Brand and Website During Annual Member’s Business Meeting

Posted By Kristin Petty, Thursday, July 16, 2020

The WOCN® Society Introduces a Modernized Brand and Website During Annual Member’s Business Meeting

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) introduced a modernized brand and new website during the Annual Member’s Business Meeting on Wednesday, July 15. 


The new brand and upcoming website intend to represent the engaging resources and powerful experience that the Society offers to members and the greater healthcare community. The modernized look, feel, and sound center around a new brand promise, The WOC Community of Opportunity™, and feature a refreshed logo, color palette, visual identity, and messaging platform. The rebrand will be brought to life this summer on a new website that will be an intuitive and valuable resource for the WOC care community.

Since its founding in 1968, the Society has remained relevant to its members and greater healthcare community by evolving alongside WOC care. Throughout 2019 and the first half of 2020, the WOCN Board of Directors, volunteer leaders, and WOCN staff spearheaded the rebranding initiative. “We have a responsibility to ensure our organization reflects who we are and what we do,” said Stephanie Yates, WOCN President. “The time was right to update our brand and website to mirror our approach to the practice and delivery of expert WOC care, as well as the energy, enthusiasm, and incredible knowledge of our members.”


The new look and feel combines the Society’s legacy brand colors of blue and gray, with pinks, purples, and greens that energize and invigorate the brand. Imagery will feature a combination of real members and photographs that showcase the learning, collaboration, and friendship that members of the Society experience. Additionally, the new messaging platform defines how the Society enables professional growth for its 5,800+ members and aids in improving patient outcomes, which includes:


  • Relevant education | Handle everyday demands with relevant WOC education 

  • Effective advocacy | Deepen your dedication to WOC care through advocacy 

  • Cutting-edge science | Reach your highest potential with cutting-edge science

  • Supportive network | Get support and give support through our engaged network

  • Patient-centric approach | Feel the power of a community that cares about the same things you do

In summer 2020, the new website will bring all of the components of the new brand together. An intuitive website navigation and structure will make it easy for members and non-members to navigate to the resources they need, which include the Society’s comprehensive learning center, professional development, and networking opportunities. It will link to the Society’s members-only portal and other third-party websites’ offering valuable WOC care resources, such as JWOCN, bookstore, and more. 

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Membership Tutorials

Posted By Jenna Bertini, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thank you for being a WOCN Society member! We want to make sure you are utilizing the features and Society member benefits to your full advantage. To better acquaint yourself with and member benefits, please view the following video demonstrations led by our very own Nurse Nancy.

Member Center Login Tutorial
Member Login
This tutorial will go over the functional features of, such as:

Signing into the member center.
Retrieving a forgotten password or username.
Making changes to your profile information, including contact information for mailings, invoices and journal subscriptions.
Viewing payment history, printing receipts, paying open membership dues/invoices, etc.

Members-only Forums Tutorial
This tutorial will provide an in-depth look at the Society’s most utilized benefit – the Members-only Forums. Learn how to connect with more than 5,000 WOC nurses to send and receive important clinical information.

Continuing Education Center Tutorial
Ce Center
This tutorial will go over the Continuing Education Center, one of the most valuable educational resources available to members. In this tutorial you will learn how to:

Access CE sessions.
Watch archived webinars.
View past conference sessions.
Access certification review courses and more.

This tutorial will show you how to access educational resource and materials, including:

The WOCN bookstores
The document library (position statements, reference guides, best practices and more).
Clinical tools and more.

All of the materials provided are available to help you advance your practice.

JWOCN Website Tutorial
This tutorial will provide quick tips on how to access premier WOC information from the online Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), such as:

Archived issues and current issues.
Articles published ahead of print.
Downloadable PDFs.
Continuing education opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact us

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WOCN Society Video Tutorials

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Are you new to the WOCN® Society? Are you an existing member who has started to navigate the Society’s website and have a few questions on how to use its many tools? We have the solution for both situations!

The WOCN Society has newly updated Website Video Tutorials that teach all members, new and existing, how to use the features on From login management to posting in a forum to accessing the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, there is a video for everything. By viewing these short, informative tutorials, you will be able to see and utilize the members-only opportunities available online.

To start watching these great videos, click here.

Tutorials are available for these topics:

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Top Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Members-Only Forums

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the many benefits of joining an association is the opportunity to connect with peers and discuss your specialty. When WOC nurses join the WOCN Society, not only do they have access to education, events and networking, they also have access to the Forums section of the WOCN Member Center, which allows them to connect with other WOC nurses in an instant.

Forums continue to be an integral part of discussions and networking. Whether a member has a question or needs feedback and/or solution sharing, they can post it to the Forums for their fellow members to respond. The members-only forums are divided into several categories to streamline professional interests and needs:

  • Wound  
  • Ostomy
  • Continence
  • Professional Practice
  • Communities of Practice (Pediatrics)
  • Communities of Practice (Foot and Nail)
  • WTA

How can you better connect with other WOC nurses on the WOCN forums?

1.         Good Title = More Interactions

Attractive headlines catch your eye when browsing the internet or a newspaper. Forums work the same way. When someone is scanning the many threads to click on, people will choose the thread that speaks to them. A title that asks a question or piques the reader’s interest will get better responses then saying, “Hi!” or “This is my question.” If you think you’re not good at choosing titles, save it for last. Write your post and choose a sentence from your post or write a quick one-sentence summary of your post.

2.         Comment on Other Threads

Everyone has a unique story to tell, but sometimes it’s best to comment on other people’s stories or questions before telling or asking yours. Before starting a new thread, have a look through the current topics being discussed and see if there’s a conversation you can join. Sometimes, multiple threads start with similar topics being covered with members seemingly unaware that there are others right there who are going through the same thing.  Talking to other members on their threads is a great way to not only network, but to make yourself known on the forums. Once you make some connections, people will start to recognize you and respond to your posts.

3.         Choose the Right Section

Many people browse the forums looking for sections specifically focused on their current issue or experience. Going straight to the section you think is most relevant may seem like the best choice, but believe it or not, it may not be. Sometimes forums are swamped, and your post could get lost among the threads. Investigate the forum sections and see what others are posting in each section. This helps keep forums relevant and can connect you with others going through the same type of issues or experience Please feel free to share your own tips and stories that you’ve experienced when using the WOCN Society Forums.

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