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WOCNow November 2012

November 2012

In this issue you will find information on submitting abstracts for WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference, the Wound Treatment Association (WTA) Online Course, our Refer a Member campaign, the Center for Clinical Investigation's Call for Proposals and more!

WOCN National Office
WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Call for Abstracts has been extended. Abstracts are now due by next Monday, November 19th. Please take this opportunity to share you or your team's work describing a research study, case study or practice innovation.


All accepted abstracts will be presented in some form during the conference, available on theWOCN websiteand printed in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing.


Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by January 2013.


Join us in Seattle, Washington for the WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference, June 23-26, 2013.


Registration and housing will open in January 2013. Stay up-to-date on all activities by

Refer a Member and Win an Apple iPad or Conference Registration!
The WOCN Society gives you access to a myriad of educational and networking opportunities. Why not share this information with your colleagues who aren't already members?

Click here to view illustrated steps on how to refer a member.


1. The first referral that joins earns you THREE free months of membership.


2. For every referral that joins you also get a chance to win either an Apple iPad 2 or registration to the WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference.


(Travel and lodging not included in conference registration prize.)


Rules: The Member Center shows the WOCN National Office how many members you refer that join. As a thank you for your referral, your membership renewal date will be extended by three months when one of your referrals joins the Society. Please note: Your renewal date will not be extended three months for every member that joins based on your referral. Your name will also be added to the drawing for both prizes. It will be added for each member you refer that joins. For example, if you refer four members, but only two join, your name will be added to the drawing twice. The first name drawn will receive the Apple iPad2 and the second name drawn will receive free registration to the WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference.

Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Online Course
WTA logoThe Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Online Course is now available! Recognizing the increasing demand for skilled wound care in all care settings, including the military, the WOCN Society has developed an educational program designed to increase patient access to skilled wound care providers.

The online course costs $2,500 for a two-year license, plus an additional $100 for each nurse who completes the program.

To apply to be a Course Coordinator and purchase the program, you must:
          • Be a member of the WOCN Society
          • Be a CWOCN, CWCN, COCN, CCCN, or CWON.
Visit for all the program information!

Click hereto apply to be a Course Coordinator. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis for the rest of the year. Once you are notified if you are approved to be a Course Coordinator,
you have 30 days to purchase your two-year license. If you do not purchase it in this time period, your application will expire and you will have to reapply.
Preceptors Needed: Support Someone on the Path to Becoming a WOC Nurse!
The nurse embarking on the journey to become a WOC nurse is opening the door to a specialty that makes a tremendous difference in the lives they touch. Having an experienced preceptor can make the tough road a little easier.
If you haven't already done so, update your preceptor status in your "Edit My Profile Page" so that students can find you in our preceptor database.
Member Spotlight
Congratulations to Dorothy Doughty on winning the Georgia State Recognition Award!


Over 250 people attended the Southeast Regional Conference Awards Dinner which included a tribute to Dorothy Doughty from past students and colleagues.


The State Recognition Award is given to an individual from the State hosting the SER Conference who has made contributions to the Southeast Region in any of the following areas:
          • Education
          • Financial Support
          • Service on Committees
          • Clinical Expertise
Click here to see more pictures of Dorothy from that night. Comment on the page to congratulate Dorothy on her award!
Learn and Earn with WOCN's Webinar Series

Don't delay! If you've missed the first two webinars, you don't want to miss the last of the Learn and Earn webinar series brought to you by the WOCN Society. Dorothy Doughty, MSN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN will present Wound Care: Principles of Wound Healing and Product Selectionon December 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST.

The second webinar, Ostomy Basics: Identifying Stoma Types and Mastering Pouch Selection, was presented by Jan Colwell, MSN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, on November 7.


What have members said about the WOCN Society's webinars?

Make it a group effort! Webinars can be viewed individually or as a group. To register your group so each individual earns CE at no additional cost, one person must register and pay either the member or non-member price. After that initial registration is complete, follow the instructions on the registration page to receive a designated group code.


Highlight your role as the leader in your facility.Register today to connect your staff to important wound, ostomy and continence education!


Need more information on webinars? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Call for Proposals for 2013 Member's Research Grant!

The Center for Clinical Investigation (CCI) of the Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for one 2013 Member's research grant in the amount of $10,000.


If you are a nurse and current member of the WOCN Society, you are eligible to be a Principal Investigator of this grant, and are invited to apply. Eligible international members may also apply. Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI's) on the grant proposal must also be a nurse and a current member of the WOCN Society.


Through this grant, the CCI and the WOCN Society aims to expand the existing research base for WOC nursing practice and facilitate WOC nurses to be engaged in research as clinical investigators.


Notice of Interest!

Please submit a Notice of Interest anytime before the grant submission deadline to Linda Dahle, Program Associate. Your Notice of Interest is not a commitment, and you can notify CCI later if you change your mind. This will enable CCI to send you any updates or resources to assist you. Please include the following information in the Notice of Interest by e-mail:

  • PI Name
  • Topic you are considering studying
  • A statement of the purpose of the study
  • E-mail address
  • Telephone number

Click here to view the grant application process.


Submission deadline: Monday, February 18, 2013

*Please note: There will be no extensions of this deadline.


If you have any questions, please contact Linda Dahle, Program Associate, at: or 612.625.8159.

WOCN Logo Products
The WOCN Society offers logo products so you can show your WOCN pride!
All products are branded with the WOCN logo and vary from everyday wear to professional wear and accessories. Products include:
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Short and long lab coats
  • Lunch totes
  • Fleece blankets
  • Magnets
To view and purchase these products, click here.
Special offer! Get 10 WOCN Magnets for the price of five! Enter promo code MAGNET5 at check out to receive $5 off your purchase of 10 WOCN magnets.
Offer expires January 31, 2013.
About the WOCN Society

The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society, which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and continence concerns.


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Key Dates and Deadlines

WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference Website Launch
November 2012

June 22 - 26, 2013
What Drives You to Excellence?
The theme for the WOCN Society's 45th Annual Conference is Driven to Excellence. There are many instances in your career that drive you to do better. Patients who suffer from wound, ostomy or incontinence related issues need the excellent care of a WOC nurse to ensure a more positive recovery.

So, we want you to tell us...what drives you to excellence?

Click here to share what motivates you on the WOCN Society's Facebook page!

Hurricane Sandy - How Can You Help?
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as many on the east coast seek to rebuild their homes and their lives, we've compiled a list of ways that WOCN Society members can help. Learn more...

Continuing Education Center (CEC)
Please visit WOCN Society's NEW Continuing Education Center (CEC) at to purchase continuing education courses.
IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon

The "IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon" isn't just another pretty ribbon adding bling to blazers for the 1.4 million. The Ribbon was created by Lois Fink and Barb Wodzin, who have each had challenges with Crohn's disease, and is now a project of Get Your Guts in Gear, Inc.


Click here to view the Ribbon's Facebook page.

Advanced Practice Certification Exam
The highly-anticipated, highest recognition of achievement in WOC nursing, the Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy and Continence certification exam, is now available! If you are an AP nurse, consider taking one or more of the new exams when your current WOCNCB certification comes due for renewal. Content outlines for the AP exam are now available for download on the WOCNCB website.
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