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The WOCN Society Represented at American Nurses Association Membership Assembly 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) as an organizational affiliate of the American Nurses Association (ANA) has a seat at the ANA business meeting called the Membership Assembly. On July 22-24, 2015 Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Public Policy liaison and Past President of the Society represented the WOCN Society at the Membership Assembly. The WOCN Society has voting rights for all business except bylaws and candidates for office.

The Membership Assembly was held in Washington D.C, and on Wednesday, July 22, prior to the opening of the official membership meeting there were Nurses on the Hill activities. Kate Lawrence and Chris Rorick, WOCN Legislative consultant, visited four Congressional offices to voice support of pending legislation or inquiring about substance and status of pending sponsored legislation. The WOCN Society was able to voice support for H.R. 1680 the Lymphedema Treatment Act with staff in the office of Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), and H.R. 1342 Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (allowing mid-levels ability to order Home health care services) in the office of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI).

Kate and Chris also met with lead sponsors for the following pending legislation to gather information and confirm WOCN Society interest, HR. 1184 The Medicare Skilled Nursing and Home Health Services Continuity Act which looks at payment of advanced wound care in SNF and Home Health and S.1211/H.R.1250 which address payment changes proposed to be implemented for severe wound services provided in LTAC facilities. A full Public Policy and Advocacy update will be included in the fall issue of the "In it for You" magazine of the WOCN Society.

July 23-24, 2015 the ANA Membership Assembly focused on the analysis of the structure of the ANA business meeting and how it has evolved. This included review and discussion regarding bylaw changes that addressed structure and function of the body. The Membership Assembly structure including the focus of the meeting and the composition of the meeting was up for revote as it had been under a trial process. If rescinded the meeting would revert to the House of Delegate composition previously used by the ANA.

The ANA also had their voting process during the meeting with voting of Vice-President, Director and Treasure, and nominations committee members. This process was done by the electoral membership of the Assembly.

During the Membership Assembly there was opportunity to discuss three pressing nursing issues in dialogue forums; Ethical Environment and culture, Public reporting of big data, and Infection prevention.

Each of these topics were separately discussed in small group dialogues and shared with the membership assembly and the BOD of the ANA. Each topic discussed solicited topic related recommendations from the floor on how to move nursing care, nursing voice and nursing leadership forward in the future.

For more information on the ANA Membership Assembly in general please go to

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