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 email@example.com or 888.224.9626.
Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Monday, November 5, 2018
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As a nurse, I am uniquely positioned – and have the expertise – to facilitate meaningful conversations with patients and families about present and future health care, and how those interventions align with patient values, beliefs, and goals. That’s why I am joining the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and the WOCN® Society to participate in the “#ISaidWhatIWant,” social media initiative, and am encouraging my nursing colleagues to say what they want by establishing their own advance care plan.
Advance care planning (ACP) is a process for patients and their families to discuss end-of-life care, clarify related values and goals, and state preferences through written documents and medical orders. In situations where a patient’s decision-making capacity is limited, health care providers turn to family members to make decisions. When there have been no ACP conversations between the patient and family, family members are left to make decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment without input from the patient or with little knowledge of the patient’s wishes.
#ISaidWhatIWant starts with nurses. What better way for nurses to demonstrate the value of ACP than to lead by example? If I want to help my patients and the public realize the true value of ACP and advance directives, I should take that step myself – and I did!
If you have already made an advance care plan, tell your family, friends and followers on social media why you believe in ACP using the hashtag #ISaidWhatIWant. If you haven’t, please do it now as a gift to your loved ones.
There are many online resources available to assist with ACP, such as The Conversation Project --an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Information.
For further information, see HPNA’s Position Statement on Advance Care Planning available at advancingexpertcare.org/position-statements.
Carolyn Watts, MSN, RN, CWON
WOCN Society's Liaison for Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
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Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Introducing WOCTalk, a Podcast Channel Courtesy of the WOCN® Society
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 have limited time during, and even after their working hours, and we are dedicated to finding new ways to help support your practice-- that is why we are pleased to introduce our new podcast channel, WOCTalk.
WOCTalk is your opportunity to learn more about advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs—in a new, easily digestible format.
What is a podcast?
If you are unfamiliar with what a podcast is, just think of an audio program (such as a music or news program) that is similar to a radio show, but available for download over the Internet or through an app store on a computer or mobile device.
How can you listen to WOCTalk?
Learn more by visiting wocn.org/podcast
New episodes will be released every two weeks. If you think you'd be a good guest for an upcoming episode, you have an idea to share with us, or you would like your questions or issues addressed in an upcoming episode of WOCTalk, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Ostomy and Continent Diversion Patient Bill of Rights
Act Today and Be a Voice for Change
Joanna J. Burgess BSN, RN, CWOCN
Management Board of Director for the UOAA and Advocacy Chair
Today, as you read this, hundreds of ostomy patients across the country are struggling to find adequate help. There are not enough ostomy nurses and not enough outpatient ostomy services to meet the demand of this underserved population, which to date is estimated to be 725,000 to 1,000,000. This is my story, and this is how you can become involved and raise your voice to make a difference in the lives of this vulnerable population.
The new year had just turned in January of 1966, when my family was getting ready to bring me home from Boston Children’s Hospital. I was just three years old and had a new urostomy after a cystectomy for rhabdomyosarcoma of the bladder. My father remembers the blatant fear in the discharge nurse’s face as she handed my father a small brown paper bag of ostomy supplies and fumbled through them not knowing how to use them herself. It was a four-hour drive home from the hospital. My father described his feelings, mixed anxiety with fear and determination, as he stopped at a gas station on the way home to rummage through the supplies until he found a phone number--which happened to be for the company Torbot. The owner of the company explained that he himself had an ostomy and would show my father how to use the supplies. We made a detour to Rhode Island, met with Torbot and my father had his first and only lesson in caring for my ostomy. Over the years, I learned how to master what my father had mastered; putting a seven-piece pouching system together with thick elastic bands and ultimately gluing it to my body. My father, at age 86, is still haunted by how hard that pouching system was. When I gave my first lecture as a new WOC nurse to nurses caring for ostomy patients, my father had me vow that I would tell this story and help nurses to never be afraid to care for someone with an ostomy.
I was honored to be elected to the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) Management Board of Directors in July of 2015, and truly felt like I was called to Chair their newly formed advocacy committee. I knew that I had struggled growing up, feeling alone and not knowing anyone to turn to for assistance; not only for the physical but emotional challenges I faced as well. Joining UOAA helped me to see more clearly that despite our modern era of ostomy care, including well-made products and ostomy nursing established as a profession--now celebrating 50 years, patients continue to struggle. In 2017, the UOAA office received over 1,300 calls from people needing assistance. Calls ranged from seeking support on how to find help for ostomy related problems to questions concerning insurance issues.
As a UOAA board member, Great Comebacks Award recipient and WOC nurse working both in acute care and outpatient ostomy care, I have had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of patients across the country living the ostomy experience. Most patients will experience stoma or peristomal skin problems ranging from minor to severe. All patients will experience the emotional impact of the ostomy; from simple trepidation as they adapt to their new life to fear, anxiety and depression. If you are an ostomy nurse, I believe it is your obligation to know what these patients face once they leave your care. These are the experiences that drove me into the six-year pursuit of starting an outpatient ostomy clinic affiliated with my acute care center. Not an easy task, but I had the support from my supervisor and administration and we opened the clinic to the community. In my small, one-day-a-week clinic, it is not uncommon for someone to arrive with a towel wrapped around their stoma due to the inability to keep a pouching system on; it is not uncommon for someone to arrive in tears; it is not uncommon for a loved one to wait in the waiting room because they “just can’t look.” But what isn’t uncommon enough is hearing the words, “death would have been better than this.” If this is happening in my small community – what is happening in yours?
It is crucial for you to understand that healthcare delivery for people living with an ostomy or continent diversion across the United States is not equal. There are geographic areas well served by nurses like you who have been trained in ostomy care, but there are also many areas where this is not the case. Additionally, ostomy care is not equal from facility to facility. People may receive care that meets quality standards in one facility, but once transferred to another facility receive little or no care. We are aware of the lack of ostomy nurses in home and outpatient ostomy care. It is a lot to digest and, when faced with a problem so significant, it’s natural to want to turn away and find a less daunting problem to attack. I was spinning in the magnitude of this problem, which I feel is a crisis in this country, when at a UOAA Board meeting; Advocacy Manager Jeanine Gleba suggested that the Advocacy Committee’s top priority should be updating the Ostomy and Continent Diversion Patient Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was first created by the former UOA in 1972. My first reaction was, ‘Why? We don’t have enough ostomy nurses to provide these services. Honestly, I was perplexed by the suggestion. We don’t even have enough ostomy nurses to provide fundamental care to the entire ostomate population. How could we possibly provide the full service set forth in the Bill of Rights? However, after pondering the idea for several weeks, my advocacy light finally lit up and I realized that restructuring these patient rights could actually be the force for the needed changes. The committee came together and reached a consensus to move forward with Jeanine’s suggestion to revise the Ostomy and Continent Diversion Patient Bill of Rights. Over the next three months or so, the revised Bill of Rights was developed and finally republished in the Summer of 2017.
The newly revised UOAA Ostomy and Continent Diversion Patient Bill of Rights (PBOR) provides details of the care people with an ostomy should expect to receive initially and over their lifetime. It calls for healthcare professionals who provide care to people with ostomies to be educated in the specialty and to observe established standards of care. It is meant to be used as a tool for patients and the medical community. UOAA believes this could be a powerful tool to guide patients and families to be active partners in their care and to ensure the best outcomes. It is also a powerful tool meant to inspire ostomy nurses to be advocates and to inspire excellence in themselves, their teams, and their organizations. Our role as specialty nurses is multifaceted,holistic and must include advocacy. We must be a voice on behalf of our patients to ensure they are receiving optimal care and to encourage them to be self-advocates. Your voice matters in creating educational tools for patients, in creating outpatient ostomy clinics and in ensuring this underserved population is recognized and cared for. UOAA invites you to review the newly revised Ostomy and Continent Diversion Patient Bill of Rights (PBOR) and its accompanying tool, Practices for Ostomy Nurses to Utilize and Support Ostomy and Continent Diversion Patient Bill of Rights.
I am pleased to say that the response to the new PBOR and accompanying tools, by healthcare organizations, professionals, industry and the ostomy population across the country, has been enthusiastic. The clamor for more access to care is louder and louder. The time is right to effect change. I believe that in this new era of blogs, newsletters, discussion boards, and social – social media,our profession has the best opportunity in its 50-year history to create change. My father would be pleased to know that the future looks hopeful. There are now many nurses who are not afraid to care for someone with an ostomy and there are advocates creating better lives for ostomy patients. 50 years ago, our profession started as enterostomal nurses... let's embrace our origins. Let’s work to increase access to care. Let’s find a way to get an ostomy clinic in every community. Switch your advocacy light on; together we can make it happen.
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