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WOCNow: What the CARES Act Law Means for WOC Nurses

Thursday, April 2, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristin Petty
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April 1, 2020
We are so grateful for all of our nurses on the front lines during this Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you for all you do.
President Trump Signs
CARES Act into Law
On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" (the CARES Act) into law in response to COVID-19. To help the WOCN membership, our Public Policy and Advocacy team put together a highlight of a few provisions regarding nursing that were included in the act:
Reauthorizing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs:  Title VIII programs provide much needed support for nurses working in our communities, including rural and underserved areas. In addition, these programs are crucial to nursing schools and nursing students so they can continue to meet the nation's healthcare needs today and in the future. By reauthorizing Title VIII, you can ensure that the nursing pipeline remains strong and patients across the country can continue to have access to high-quality nursing care.  

Ensuring the Safety and Health of Nurses and Nursing Students:  Nothing is more important than the health and safety of the nursing workforce, including, nurse educators and students. H.R. 748 supports that mission by providing $16 billion for the strategic national stockpile, which includes personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Safeguarding Federal Student Loans and Aid: 
H.R. 748 provides $14.25 billion for colleges and universities and emergency financial aid to students. This legislation also suspends federal loan payment and interest accrual through September and allows for flexibility for students and institutions as you adapt to the far-reaching impact of COVID-19. 

Authorizes NPs and CNSs to Certify Home Health Care for their Patients:  The CARES Act includes language that allows Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) to certify Medicare patients for home health care services.  

Modernizes the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps:  H.R. 748 authorizes a Ready Reserve Corps to serve in times of public health and national emergencies.
Connect With Other Members in
the COVID-19 Community Forum
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to express our appreciation and gratitude for all that you are doing to deliver care during this time. As all of you are aware, this crisis is changing daily, and we are finding ourselves in difficult situations like we have never faced before. Many of you are finding yourselves practicing on the frontlines, in your usual role of being called to work in another staff position. Thank you for unselfishly carrying out the duties required in this pandemic.

WOCN applauds all our members for their contributions during this time of crisis and we continue to support our members and advocate on behalf of our practice and the patients we serve. To support each other during this time, we have created a COVID-19 community forum. The  COVID-19 Forum is a dedicated place to connect and share your experiences regarding COVID-19 and how you/your team/your facility/agency are responding during this critical time.
Apply Concepts of Global
Knowledge at the Local Level
Join us on April 15 from 1-2 PM EDT for a special WOC Nurse Week rebroadcasted webinar, "Glocal” Perspectives on Healthcare: WOC Practice with Diverse Populations", presented by Lynette Franklin, APRN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN.
This session will review the definitions of global health, speaker’s experiences from different parts of the world, and the concept of “glocal” care (translating global knowledge and understanding at the local level).  Learn more.

This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Smith+Nephew. The WOCN ® Society does not endorse specific products and services.
One Month Left to Apply for a Scholarship
The Spring Scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 1. We're proud to offer two varieties of educational scholarships to nursing students.

The Accredited Educational Scholarship is for nurses wishing to attend a WOCN Accredited Nursing Education Program.

The Advanced Educational Scholarship is for nurses who are obtaining a higher degree, such as a Master's Degree, Doctoral Degree or a Nurse Practitioner Certificate.
Remembering WOCN Honorary Member: Horace Saunders
It is with genuine sorrow that we send you word of the passing of Horace Saunders, founder and first President of the Metro Maryland Ostomy Association and Honorary Member of the WOCN Society. Horace passed away peacefully under hospice care on March 29, 2020. He was 96 years old. 
After undergoing ostomy surgery nearly 50 years ago, Horace was sent home from the hospital having “no idea how to go on with my life”. As a result of his surgery, he and his wife Vi became advocates for ostomates. He frequented all of the hospitals in the metro-Maryland area helping to form several patient support groups. He also founded the Metro Maryland Ostomy Association in 1974. Perhaps his greatest contribution to our world was lobbying for nurses to attend specialized training to become certified WOC nurses. 
Today, Metro Maryland is still able to progress and to support ostomates – due to the foresight, diligence, and many hours sacrificed by Horace.
Dates & Deadlines

April 12-18

May 1

WOCNext 2020
June 7-10
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest WOCTalk episode: Maximize the Effectiveness of Technology in WOC Nursing.

On this episode, we sit down with two WOC nurses, Christina Palau Vaccari, MS, BSN, CWOCN, and Lynette Franklin, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN, to talk about how they effectively use emerging technology within their practices.

Listen to learn more about different evidence-based digital tools, such as apps, videos, podcasts and websites that nurses can access at their fingertips to support their patient care.
Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
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Celebrate YOU!
Let's show the world how WOC nurses are making a difference!

If you've faced and overcome challenges, received an award or recognition, advocated for the specialty and your patients, or participated in service-learning trips, we want to hear from you! 

We want to highlight our members' stories in emails, on social media, on our website, in videos and our WOCTalk podcast episodes.

Sign up for ways you want to share your story.
Review Courses
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