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September 2014 WOCNow

Thursday, September 18, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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September 2014
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San Antonio, Texas
June 6-10, 2015
WOCN/CAET Joint Conference
Montreal, Québec, Canada
June 4-8, 2016
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The WOCN Society Career Center makes it easier for job seekers to locate and apply for opportunities in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing.


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Visit the Continuing Education Center (CEC) to advance your career.
Browse over 60 CE courses with discounts for WOCN Society members.
Become a WTA Course Coordinator

The WTA Program is available to WOC nurses who meet the "Course Coordinator" criteria and who are interested in providing the program to clinicians in various care settings in their area. Potential participants include nurses who are interested in advancing their wound care knowledge but who do not have a WOC nurse in their setting who can serve as Course Coordinator.


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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.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

1120 Route 73, Suite 200

Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054

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Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN!

Leave Your Mark by submitting an abstract for the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference!


All accepted abstracts will be presented in some form during
the conference, available on the WOCN website and printed
in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. Only accepted Research abstracts will be considered for oral presentations. If your abstract is not
accepted for an oral presentation, it will be presented as a poster presentation.

The Call for Abstracts site is available now through Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 12:00pm EST. Submitters will receive decision notification in February 2015.

NEW! Continuing education hours will be available for viewing posters in poster hall in San Antonio. Because of this exciting new benefit for attendees, some changes have been made to the 2015 abstract submission process. We ask that everyone considering submitting an abstract this year review a slideshow prior to beginning the submission process. For more information, click here.

Sage Products, Inc. will provide the WOCN® Society an unrestricted educational grant to provide a limited number of travel scholarships to support first-time abstract presenters with a focus on Preventative Practices for Wounds. If your submission meets this criteria, please check off the first-time presenter button and make sure you choose Preventative Practices under the Wound category.

2014 Election Results


Congratulations to the newly-elected WOCN members who started their terms at the close of the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference in Nashville. Thank you to all of the members who ran and voted in this year's election.

Dea Kent, MSN, RN, NP-C, CWOCN, (Incumbent)

Sandy Hughes, BSN, RN, CWOCN, (Incumbent)

Director-at-Large, Area #2

Shawneen Schmitt, MSN, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, FACCWS

Director-at-Large, Area #4

Mary Arnold Long, MSN, RN, CRRN, CWOCN-AP, ACNS-BC

Nominating Committee, Area #2

Mary Mahoney, MSN, RN, CWON

Nominating Committee, Area #4

Mary McNeil, BS, RN, CWOCN, (Incumbent)

Inside the Society

To provide members with the latest news and updates from the National Office, the WOCN Society recently released the first edition of Inside the Society.

This report, issued to members twice a year, provides an overview of initiatives, strategies and tools that the Society has implemented.

The report includes:

  • Membership Updates
  • Continuing Education Center
    (CEC) Updates
  • Conference Updates
  • Advocacy & Policy Updates
  • Committee & Task Force Updates
  • MarCom Updates
  • Products & Publications Updates
  • Website Updates
  • WTA Program Updates
To view the report, click here.

Do you know what it takes to write a successful grant? As clinical experts and leaders, it is essential that WOC nurses perform within the full scope of practice through evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, and public policy. WOC nursing is multifaceted and requires a wide array of clinical and organizational skills, including successful grant writing.

The Professional Practice Manual, Fourth Edition
provides basic information regarding grant writing, along with other skills and necessary resources for WOC nurses looking to impact their patient care and grow their professional practice skills.
Click here to learn more and get emPOWERed today.
Plus! Become emPOWERed by attending the "Advancing Your Professional Practice" sessions at the WOCN Society Region and Affiliate Conferences. Confirmed sessions in 2014 include:
The emPOWERed program is commercially supported by an educational grant from Smith & Nephew.

A Day in the Life of a WOC Nurse

Choosing a specialty can be one of the most important decisions you make in your nursing career. The WOCN Society recently interviewed two WOC nurses to see how they made this difficult decision. Both young women offer different advice for potential WOC nurses and encourage students to use the WOCN Society as a resource, all while walking through their daily routine. Click here to learn more and watch both interviews.

We encourage you to share these videos with anyone who might be considering the WOC nursing specialty and direct them to for more information.

Urostomy Products and Tips: Best Practice for Clinicians


Hot off the press, this new document was developed as a resource for nurses and other healthcare providers who care for patients with urostomies. It provides a brief description of the features of different types of pouching systems (i.e., pouch and skin barrier) and accessories.

This resource also includes advantages, disadvantages and special considerations for the use of different types of pouching systems. Additionally, it includes tips for routine pouch care including: emptying the pouch, plus attaching, detaching, and cleaning of drainage collection containers. Learn more.

To receive $2 off your purchase of Urostomy Products and Tips: Best Practice for Clinicians in the WOCN Society Bookstore, use promo code: BESTOF2

Promo code is good for one-time use on each publication and expires 11:59pm EST 2/28/2015.

September Member Spotlight


Jodie Atkinson, CFCN, CWON, recently helped bring ostomy care services to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, IA. Read more.


Attention Members: Do you have a recent accomplishment that you would like to share with the Society Email: and you could be featured in next month's

Coming Soon: 2015 Call for Research Proposals

The Center for Clinical Investigation (
CCI) of the WOCN Society Foundation will soon announce their 2015 Call for Proposals. Look out for more information in the October WOCNow!

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