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Regions and Affiliates Update

Thursday, August 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Carroll
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Stay up-to-date on the latest news from the WOCN® Society's Regions and Affiliates. If you would like to submit an update for the next newsletter, please email Heather Martinek at
The Mid-Atlantic Region is composed of seven affiliates: Baltimore Affiliate, Blue Ridge Affiliate, Central Virginia Affiliate, Eastern Shore (DE/MD) Affiliate, Hampton Roads Affiliate, Washington D.C. Affiliate and the Western Maryland Affiliate. Our region has the variable topography that matches the various levels of talent we have in our region. With Washington D.C. in our region, we have the opportunity to keep a pulse on all the potential changes and challenges in healthcare that could impact our practice as well as the patients we serve.

As a region, our affiliates promote educational opportunities for our colleagues across the continuum of care, for our patient populations from birth to death and for our members. As a region, we promote research and evidence-based practice with improved outcomes. This was exemplified by the quality posters and presentations from our region that were displayed at the WOCN Society's 49th Annual Conference.

In today's high-tech, fast-paced lives and work force, we will seek new and innovative methods to communicate to our members. We recognize the vast levels of talent and knowledge exemplified by our members. We will be seeking out creative methods for communication across our region, as well as looking for ways to support our members through increased opportunities for networking and sharing clinical expertise.
Mid-Atlantic Region

The Baltimore Affiliate's 2017 kick-off meeting included a personal stylist with professional "dress for success" concepts. Meeting every other month, we have learned contemporary practices from SteadMed Medical and Wellsense VU. Coloplast hosted an educational dinner in Baltimore's Little Italy. During WOC Nurse Week, our members presented the "Advancing the Practice" workshop where Sue Currence, BSN, RN, CWON, CWCN, COCN, presented parastomal hernia management, Brenda Hensley, MSN, RN, CWOCN, presented fistula care across the continuum, Rachel Moseley, MS, BSN, CWON, presented intravenous drug related cutaneous lesions and KCI/Acelity demonstrated the use of the fistula crown. We organized a community intradisciplinary debridement workshop led by Lawrence Raymond, DPT, for 25 local WOC nurses and colleagues.
The Baltimore Affiliate has continued annual support of the United Ostomy Association of America Inc (UOAA) Youth Rally and Osto Group with donations, camper registration and purchases through AmazonSmile. Future plans include palliative care needs, Friendsgiving and national pressure injury prevention activities.
Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Walker, MSN, APRN-CNS, CWON
Greater Baltimore Affiliate President
Mid-Atlantic Region

This is our year for change. Several board positions have changed hands. Please allow me to introduce you to our new board members:
  • Beth Laramore, MS, RN, FNP, will assume the position of president. Beth works at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health where she sees inpatient wound, ostomy and continence patients and outpatient ostomy patients at several sites. She has been an active member of the Eastern Shore Affiliate for one year.
  • Chris Rasberry, BSN, RN, CWOCN, will assume the position of treasurer. Chris has been at Bayhealth Medical Center for three years and sees inpatient wound, ostomy and continence patients and outpatient ostomy patients.
  • Carole Dye, MSN, MBA, RN-BC, CWOCN, CNML, will assume the role of secretary. Carole has been at Bayhealth Medical Center for five years and sees inpatient wound, ostomy, continence patients and outpatient ostomy patients. She has also served at the national level.
We are getting ready to host MAR 2018 in Ocean City, MD. More conference information is to come.

Wendy Surguy, BSN, RN, APRN, CWOCN, FNP-C
The Mideast region recently updated its website, which is now user friendly and offers easy access to conference information as well as scholarship and award applications.
We have been hard at work preserving our history as the birthplace of WOC nursing. Past copies of paper newsletters and photos have been scanned and archived on the website.
The Mideast Region had a good turnout for its membership meeting during this year's National 49th Annual Conference, which offered poster awards to two members, Lisa Berning, BSN, CWOCN, CFCN, and Maureen Rosette, BSN, CWOCN.
The MER Fall conference, "WOC City: Featuring the TOP TEN HITS OF WOC Nursing," will be held from Oct. 5-7, 2017, at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, MI. Registration is still open, and all are welcome. Please register online by Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
Midwest Region

The Iowa Affiliate was granted a  proclamation from the state's governor to recognize Iowa WOC Nursing week in April. Our annual Ostomy Education Day was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Des Moines at Mercy Medical Center. We had great attendance, including many of our WOC nurses who volunteered for this free affiliate-sponsored event. Ostomy Education Day reaches out to those with ostomies and those who care for or support someone with an ostomy.

The Iowa Affiliate had a great representation at the WOCN Society's 49th Annual Conference. Sue Bruch, MSN, RN, ARNP, CWOCN, CFCN, serves on the National Conference Planning Committee for the continence track. Individuals from our affiliate who spoke at the Annual Conference were JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, ARNP, FNP-BC, and Sue Bruch, Lynne Wilkens, BSN, RN, CWON, was awarded third place for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) video contest. Mary Mahoney, MSN, RN, CWON, CFCN, was selected as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2017. Zoe Carter Bishop, BSN, RN, CWOCN, currently serves as chair of the National Education Committee.

Our 19th Annual Fall Conference will be held from Oct. 5-6, 2017, at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa. We have a nice mix of local and national speakers that will cover a variety of topics. The conference will have something for everyone, novice to expert. Visit our website for details.
Midwest Region
Our affiliate has been very busy this year!

In March, we held a general membership meeting in which three of our members who work in home care participated in a panel discussion on "Home Care Issues for the WOC nurse." Eric Goodman, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, Kathy Hurley, MSN, RN, CWOCN, and Barbra Moens, MS, RN, CWON, discussed the advantages and challenges they encounter when taking care of home care patients with wounds and ostomies. This meeting was worth one CE credit.

Every year we present an educational program for the community. In May, we held our 24th Annual Community Education day, in which 182 local RNs, LPNs, patient care techs and other healthcare professionals attended. Our members who spoke were Sharon Baranoski, MSN, APN, RN, CWCN, FAAN, Linda Montoya, APN, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Jan Colwell, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, and Diane Zeek, MS, APN, RN, NP-C, CWOCN, and was chaired by Leann McMonigal, BSN, RN, CWON, CFCN, and a great committee.

In October, we will hold our Annual Professional Education program for our membership. This will be a day of presentations, networking, great food and five CE credits! We also plan on continuing to support both the Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA and the UOAA Youth Rally.

We are looking forward to many more years of education, community involvement and friendship!
The New England Region will be holding its 41st Annual Fall Conference from Oct. 20-21, 2017, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH Information for the Fall Conference can be found here.

In addition to excellent conference offerings and workshops, we will be awarding several scholarships, WOC Nurse of the Year awards and we will hold our annual Youth Rally Auction. Please bring your auction items and bid high!

This year, two of our members were awarded the Janet Gillis Youth Rally scholarship. The first winner is Kelsey Scarborough, a past recipient, nursing student and a former Youth Rally camper. Kelsey is an ostomate and co-facilitator of an ostomy support group in Vermont. Bev Biller, BSN, RN, CWOCN, works at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and is a former secretary of the New England Region.
The North Central Region includes more than 200 certified WOC nurse from Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Our region was well represented at the WOCN Society's 49th Annual Conference. President Cathy Wiebers, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, and President-Elect Linda McKenna, MSN, RN, CWOCN, attended the Region and Affiliates Presidents Meeting, which was held prior to the start of the Annual Conference.
Recently elected North Central Region Board Members include Barb Provo, MSN, RN, CWCN, CWON, FNP-BC, who will begin a second term as treasurer, Sherry Tennies, MSN, RN, CWOCN, who will be the new Membership/Public Policy chair and Sandra Oehlke, MSN, BSN, APRN, CWOCN, DCNP, CCM, CCRP, PNP, who will be the new secretary.
Scholarship recipients include Traci Kraemer, employed at Ridgeview in Waconia, MN, and Nikki Oliver, BSN, RN, CWON, CFC, employed at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.
The North Central Region Fall Conference, "Kaleidoscope of WOC Knowledge," will be held from Oct. 6-7, 2017, at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau, WI. The Fall Conference will be worth nine CE credits. Additional Conference information can be found here. We hope to see you there!

The Northeast Region is planning its regional conference, "Reaching New Heights," for Nov. 3-4, 2017, at the Reading Hilton Doubletree Hotel. CE credits will be offered. The Lehigh Valley Affiliate will be hosting our conference in Reading, PA.

Our members were busy offering time for this year's Youth Rally in San Diego. Two of our members, Deb Patterson, MS, RN, CWON, and Rachelle Sideris, MSN, RN, CWOCN, ACNS, volunteered their time. We are very proud of our members.

Our 2016 Nurse of Distinction Award went to Vashti Livingston, MS, BSN RN, CWOCN, and the 2016 Presidents Award went to Nancy Faller, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CWOCN. Congratulations to both award recipients for all of their professional involvement to our specialty.

The South Central Pennsylvania Affiliate is planning an Education Day on April 21, 2017, at Pinnacle Health-Community General Campus, from 9-4 pm, to teach the basics of wound and ostomy care. Six CE credits will be offered.

The Central NY Affiliate has new Board Members as of January 2017. Melanie Davis, BSN, RN-BC, CWOCN, is the new president, Brittany Lewis, BSN, RN, CWON, is the new president-elect, Linda Avery, BSN, RN, CWOCN, WCC, is the new treasurer and Kristen Jentons, BSN, RN, CWOCN, will remain as secretary for one more year.

The Affiliate has been meeting quarterly with opportunities to join different committees between meetings. One such committee planned and presented an Ostomy Management Seminar in April 2017, in Rochester, NY. The Seminar was attended by 125 nurses from the local and surrounding areas. Plans are underway for the Spring 2018 Wound Care Conference.
Conference Updates:
  • The PCR Annual conference was held from Feb. 16-19, 2017, in Newport Beach, CA. at the beautiful Hyatt Regency.
  • We had a fantastic line up of speakers, including Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CPSN, CWCN, Dr. James Spahn and Susan Foster, BSN, RN, CWOCN, PHN.
  • Dee Walters, BSN, RN, CWOCN, spoke about her experience as a Youth Rally nurse.
  • We had a successful ostomy supply drive! We shipped several boxes of supplies to FOW. We thank everyone for their participation!
  • The next PCR conference will be held from March 22-24, 2018, at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Information will be available here.
Board of Directors Updates:
  • Thank you to Maureen Dwyer, MS, RN, CWOCN, who has done a wonderful job as treasurer for the past several years.
  • Newly elected directors assumed their positions at the membership meeting held during this year's National 49th Annual Conference. Susan Foster is the president, Deborah Zaricor Shriver, MSN, RN, CWOCN, is the president-elect, Linda Reynolds, BSN, RN, CWOCN, is the secretary and Susan Mason, APRN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, is the treasurer.
Scholarship Updates:
  • Five applicants were approved for funding to complete their WOC nursing education.
  • The Gene Galindo Memorial Award was granted to Immediate Past President Donna Rositani, BSN, RN, CWOCN, to support WOC nurses who volunteered at the Annual UOAA Conference.
Congratulations to 13 South Central Region members and their teams who presented posters at the WOCN Society's 49th Annual Conference. The South Central Region would like to recognize our members for their outstanding work.

We are currently accepting nominations for the following awards:
  • Outstanding WOC Nurse Educator of the Year.
  • Outstanding WOC Nurse Rookie of the Year.
  • SCR Vendor of the Year.
  • Outstanding WOC Nurse of the Year.

For forms and information on these awards, click here.


We hope you will make plans to attend the South Central Region Conference, "Boots and Pearls," to be held from Sept. 29-30, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Gain "Pearls of Wisdom" on wound, skin, ostomy and continence topics, plus hear about new and exciting products from vendors along with the latest information and updates during the Rodeo Round Up. Join us at the exciting auction and dinner to support our region's philanthropic efforts! CE credits for specialty and non-specialty nurses will be available. For conference registration and hotel information, click here. We hope to see you in Houston!
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