Posted By Kristin Petty,
Thursday, June 11, 2020
The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®), united more than 3,600 pre-registered professionals from the wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) care community at WOCNext® 2020 Reimagined, the Society’s annual education and networking event that transitioned from an in-person experience to an online event this year. The Society’s first-ever, online-only annual conference was held on June 5-7, 2020, with the theme Revitalize. Recharge. Realign.
A record number of attendees, including members and non-members, gathered online over the weekend to exercise their dedication to advancing the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. Attendees were met with valuable education, inspiring speakers, advanced product knowledge, and peer networking and support.
WOCNext® 2020 Reimagined was held at a significant time in the world’s history. Organizations of all kinds were challenged to innovate and find creative ways to overcome the impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), while also taking action to address the continued struggle for social justice and a truly equitable society. The Society’s Board of Directors, National Conference Planning Committee (NCPC), and staff leveraged WOCNext® 2020 Reimagined as a platform to address these important and timely issues with attendees.
Remarks from Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN, President of WOCN, recognized the impact that COVID-19 has had on members and discussed initiatives that the Society took, and will continue to take, to provide support and aid in recovery. “Whether you found your professional responsibilities sharply increased as you provided first line care or saw your hours suddenly decrease, we heard you and we took action,” said Yates. “We created a COVID-19 forum…we developed two Clinical Practice Alerts…we also collated information and tools related to COVID-19 and the WOC practice.” The Society is continuing to collect and respond to feedback from members and create and rollout tools aimed at lifting the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that the pandemic has placed upon clinicians, families, and the entire country.
In addition to the Society’s response to the impacts of the pandemic, Sunniva Zaratkiewicz, PhD, RN, CWCN, Chair of the National Conference Planning Committee for WOCN, lead event attendees in a moment of silence honoring the lives of those lost and the continued struggle for social justice. On behalf of the Society, Zaratkiewicz commented, “We unwaveringly stand together with those who are nonviolently working to end institutional racism and create a truly anti-racist society, both in word and action.”
The Society and its members uphold the highest professional standards of ethical practice, which include providing needed services to persons regardless of age, nationality, race, creed, color, status, sex or sexual preferences, or religion; practicing with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person; and collaborating with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.
“The Society and its members have always adhered to standards of ethical practice, and now more than ever, we expect our community to treat everyone equitably,” said Yates. “By exercising awareness, education, and advocacy, and by acting with a personal sense of duty, we can, as a community, help bring resolve and eventual healing to these longstanding injustices.”
Beyond these important discussions, WOCNext® 2020 Reimagined provided attendees with an experience aimed to renew their professional and personal well-being. Session topics included wellness, symptom science, quality, and clinical care innovations, which were underscored by an inspiring keynote address by renowned wellness speaker, author, and coach, Angela Gaffney, CHC.
The event featured 70+ exhibitors, 100+ ePosters, 40+ sessions, 50+ speakers, and 2 ½ days of online education and networking. It has been deemed a “seamless and powerful demonstration of community” by Society leadership and attendees.
Those who pre-registered for the event can access the content until June 23, 2020. Attendees should also save the date for WOCNext® 2021, which will resume as an in-person event and will be held on June 27-30, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.
Posted By Kristin Petty,
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Introducing the WOCNext 2020 Keynote Speaker
Angela Gaffney, CHC, is the President of Essential Health & Wellness, a firm focused on building healthy communities and organizations. As an international wellness speaker
, she and her team have supported clients through inspiring keynotes, corporate consulting, executive retreats, and unique wellness programming. Listen to her sneak peek video and learn how you can win a chance to meet her in-person at WOCNext 2020!
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Fast Facts About Angela
- Angela loves being involved in her community, she's coached little league football, soccer and basketball and leads a women's group for her church.
- Angela's top three outdoor activities include hiking, snowshoeing on a sunny day, and enjoying time at the beach.
- One of Angela's favorite self-care activities is hot yoga, she practices about 3 times a week.
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Posted By Jenna Bertini,
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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This blog was written by the WOCNext Abstract Chair, Mary Montague-McCown, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN
Have you successfully managed a complicated clinical challenge in your practice? 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 case studies with successful outcomes? If so, submit an abstract for WOCNext 2020 in Cleveland, OH.
Submitting an abstract is an easy process and a great way to share your knowledge and skills with your peers. Additionally, for each poster presented, the poster author is eligible to receive 10 professional growth points (PGP) for use toward WOCNCB recertification.
A successful abstract is pertinent to WOC practice, clear, concise and well written. The abstract is a summary of the information to be shared on the poster. Abstract categories include research, case studies, and practice innovation. Guidelines to assist in the development of an abstract are available here. You may also want to review previously accepted abstracts to see what your colleagues have successfully submitted in the past.
If the abstract is accepted, you will present your poster at WOCNext 2020 during the always popular and exciting poster session. You could even win an award! The abstract will also be published in a supplement to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) and will be available on the WOCNext website.
The electronic poster (ePoster) format will be offered again this year. If your abstract is chosen for this format, it will be displayed on a monitor in the Poster Hall. A paper poster will not be needed. The ePoster feedback from the last two events has been very positive and favorable.
More information on ePosters can be found here.
All abstracts are blindly reviewed and rated by peer members of the WOCN Society using a valid and reliable tool. When evaluating abstracts, reviewers look for posters that will add to or enhance the body of knowledge pertinent to our specialty practice. Both the submission and review processes are online. Selected research abstracts will be presented orally at the event.
Tips for success:
- Review the abstract submission process slideshow before starting your submission.
- The deadline is the deadline.
- Do not use names of individuals or facilities in the abstract.
- Use generic names, not name brands, in the abstract and on the poster.
- Cite the references used for your project in the abstract and on the bottom of the poster.
- Only submit completed work. Work in progress will not be accepted. Wait until next year.
- Follow the clear instructions!
- The 300-word 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 to the best of our ability. Someone has asked the same question before, so don’t feel embarrassed. Everyone was a novice poster presenter at one time.
- The quality of our abstracts is phenomenal and most submissions are accepted. Follow the guidelines and go for it!
- Remember, everyone doesn’t know your work. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or expert WOC clinician. Sharing your knowledge and expertise will keep our specialty strong. You will be so glad you did!
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Posted By Jenna 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 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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