Member Spotlight: Alex Aningalan
Welcome to the WOCN Society Member Spotlight blog, featuring the inspiring stories behind our members. This month, we’re spotlighting Alex Aningalan—a third-year member of the WOCN Society.
About Alex Aningalan
Alex Aningalan, MSN, RN, CWON®, is a third-year member of the WOCN Society. He’s a Wound and Ostomy Nurse Specialist living in New York who enjoys traveling and landscape photography.
After years of working in both acute and long-term care, he joined the WOC nursing field. This exposure, combined with the varied mix of opportunities that come with WOC nursing, led to his career in WOC nursing. “As healthcare workers, we know that we’re able to touch people’s lives each day in a good way. It allows us to inspire others while also being inspired by ourselves,” said Alex.
Joining the WOCN Society
Alex joined the WOCN Society because he saw how the organization constantly evolves to meet the needs of members and the communities it serves. He recognized how its rich history of promoting evidence-based WOC nursing practices and constant adaptation to the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape is enriching to both members and patients.
“Being a member of the WOCN Society means belonging to a globally recognized organization. I cherish the endless stream of educational and networking opportunities it offers members year-round.”
Meaningful WOC Moments
Alex is motivated and passionate every day he works as a WOC nurse. The varied mix of opportunities that come with the role is his primary source of motivation; he gets to be a clinician, an educator, a leader, and an expert—all in a day’s work.
Each patient he sees with a new ostomy is inspiring to him. “Seeing patients evolve from being depressed and in denial to helping them realize that they can get back to living their lives with renewed hope and inspiration is rewarding.”
Looking Towards the Future
In the next five years, Alex plans to engage in continuing education and continuing professional development to hone his specialties further. He also plans to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB®) while exploring further volunteer and research opportunities in WOC nursing.
Thank You, Alex
On behalf of the WOCN Society, thank you, Alex, for your membership and for all the clinical skill, expertise, and leadership you bring to the WOC nursing field!
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