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Thursday, September 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Carroll
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Mid-Atlantic Region of the WOCN Society
Greetings from the Mid-Atlantic Region of the WOCN® Society!
The 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal was a great success. Members of the Region who were able to attend gathered at conference for a networking meeting.

Call for Nominations:
Nominations are now open for president-elect, secretary and member at large for communications. Ballots were sent out in August. This is a great way to become more involved in regional activities, earn PGP points and have fun!

Conference Update:
The Conference Planning Committee has been busy planning another fabulous conference for us. "The Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing: 40 Years of Growing our Capital," will be our 40th conference and will be held Oct. 28-29, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. It promises to be another wonderful event full of great educational opportunities! Information and registration is located on the Conference Information Page of our website. We will be featuring poster presentations from our members. We all love learning from each other! We will also be honoring our Nurse of the Year at conference!



Highlights of 2016:
  • Speakers at our meetings this year presented various educational topics including advanced therapy wound management such as medical larvae, compression therapy, and collagen based wound healing. CE's were given in the wound and continence specialties.
  • We had the privilege to present a two-part lecture series on Skin and Wound Assessment and Treatment to over a 100 nurses from the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.
  • Some of our members are currently involved in helping launch and provide support for the Greater Baltimore Ostomy Association, a chapter of the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).
Affiliate Member Benefits:
As an affiliate, we have a great deal to offer our members:
  • Networking and educational meetings with peers in WOC nursing.
  • Opportunities to work on committees for Nurse of the Year, Nomination, Fundraising, Education, and Membership.
  • Members of the Baltimore Affiliate develop content and present skin/wound and ostomy programs for educational purposes.
  • We continue our ongoing mission to optimize transitions of care for the new ostomate across the continuum and regularly discuss both milestones and challenges in the ongoing process of ensuring safe transitions for this vulnerable patient population. Handoffs from outpatient marking and teaching, to inpatient care, to home health nursing are all critical to patients' adaptation and recovery.
We are very grateful to have such a cohesive and active affiliate whose members volunteer their time for so many wonderful events.
Events and Meetings to date in 2016:
We started off out year with a bang - Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, was January's guest speaker. Many attendees were former students and it was a delight to have her. She discussed peristomal skin health and left us very re-invigorated.
Each meeting we have a Journal Club presented by different members monthly. Topics discussed include Purple Urine Bag Syndrome and the new NPUAP staging definitions.

Our affiliate meets five times per year, designating the March meeting to be "open" to guests to generate interest in our profession and affiliate. Our first St. Patrick's Day Invitational was a huge success with 33 guests, 24 members and 10 vendors.  A catered dinner, short educational presentations and networking resulted in a successful event!

Carolyn Hassan, MSN, RN, CWCN, presented her poster, Barriers to Seeking Help for Incontinence and IAD in Community-Dwelling Adults poster, at the regional meeting where she took blue ribbon and she also presented at the Joint Conference in Canada. Four members participated in the April NPUAP's consensus meeting in Chicago.

CVA Affiliate is hosting the MAR Regional Conference this year! We are excited about having this event in Richmond Oct. 28-29. Five of our members are on the planning committee and have been working diligently since January. We hope to see you there!
The Western Maryland Affiliate is small in number, but big in heart. Our members come from Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland which include nurses from wound clinics, VA and acute care.
We meet the third Wednesday of the month, usually at the Winchester Medical Center Wound Clinic, and try to schedule several meetings in Martinsburg, West Virginia to make it accessible for everyone. At our meetings we have physicians, sales reps and members share new ideas and products.
We welcome all new members who are interested in attending to contact
Midwest Region

Position Updates:
The Iowa Affiliate of the WOCN Society would like to say Thank You to Sandy Rohr, who has served as our affiliate president for the last two years. New officers were installed for 2015-2016 at our January 2016 affiliate meeting:
  • Heather Trumm, BSN, RN, CWON, office of president
  • Shirley Zurcher, BSN, RN, CWOCN, president-elect
Conference Updates:
The 18th Annual Fall Conference will be held Sept. 15-16, 2016, at the Stoney Creek Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. The theme is "The ART of WOC Nursing in the HeARTland," and we have a nice mix of local and national speaker's that will cover a variety of topics. The conference will have something for everyone "Novice to Expert." Visit our website for more details.
Highlights of 2016:
  • Ostomy Education Day was held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Rock Island, Illinois at the Unity Point Health Trinity. We had many WOC nurses volunteer for this annual affiliate sponsored event, which 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 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal. Four individuals from our affiliate spoke:
    • Julia Langin, BSN, RN, CWON, CMSRN
    • JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN
    • Kim Kopp, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
    • Mary Gloeckner, MS, RN, CWOCN, APN 
  • Mary Gloeckner MS, RN, CWOCN, APN, from the QuadCities received the UOAA WOC Nurse of the Year
Conference Updates:
  • With proceeds from our Fall 2015 Conference:
    • We awarded two-$2,000 scholarships to help with certification expenses.
    • We awarded $2,000 to one active member and to our president to attend our annual conference.
  • "WoundStock 2016" is scheduled for Sept. 13, registration is currently underway, visit our website to register.
  • Kudos to our Conference Committee members and Chair, Retta Sutterfield, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN. Our annual conferences have been sold out, so we decided to have two separate conferences.
    • In the fall we will hold our "Woundstock 2016" conference on Sept. 13.
    • Next spring we are planning out first annual ostomy & continence conference.
Highlights of 2016:
  • Poster Presenters at the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal:
    • Cathy Wittenauer, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CMSN, and Kara Crouse, BSN, RN, CWOCN, presented "Geographical Rounding Improves Wound Team Connection."
    • Margaret Simpson, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CMSRN, presented "Application of NWPTi with Saline in the Acute Care Setting."
    • Roxy Lupien, MSN, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, CNL, and Rados Stoddard, BSN, RN, CWON, CFCN, presented "Preparing the Novice Nurse to Care for the Ostomy Patient."
  • We are having so much fun representing our specialty and building relationships:
    • We road tripped to Chicago for the NPUAP Staging Consensus Conference and participated in the vigorous debate.
    • We continue to support a strong relationship between the WOCN Society and the UOAA, St. Louis Regional Support Group by:
      • Providing an annual financial donation.
      • Organizing and staffing their Stoma Clinic at their bi-annual conference, offering reassurance and guidance to 175 attendees over four days.
      • Sponsoring coffee service for one day of their conference.
    • We enjoyed an early Saturday morning walk in our underwear to support the Colon Cancer Alliance's Undy 5000 as a team to show support and help raise awareness.
  • Congratulations to the UOAA St. Lous Ostomy Nurse of the Year, Janet Meyer, MBA, BSN, RN. CWOCN.

We proudly released our new logo, at the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal, to our members and the WOCN Society. Our new logo is a colorful depiction of the New England States combined with the National logo! We will be offering logo items to our members at the 40th Annual Fall conference.

Conference Updates:
The New England Region of the WOCN Society will be holding its 40th Annual Fall Conference from Oct. 28-29, 2016, at the Newport Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island. Information can be found on our conference website.
  • This year there will be a 40th anniversary celebration theme 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!
Scholarship Update:
Kelsey Scarborough, a nursing student at Castleton University, has been awarded the Janet Gillis Youth Rally Scholarship. She has been a Youth Rally camper in the past. She is an ostomate and co-facilitator of an Ostomy support group in Vermont.
Conference Updates:
  • The 2016 NER-WOCN Conference, "Strengthening Our Core" will be held Nov. 11-13, 2016, in Huntington, Long Island, New York. This annual regional conference brings together WOCN members for a weekend-long educational event including evidence-based knowledge of latest techniques, applications and treatments related to wound, ostomy and continence issues.
  • Register now to gain insights from regional WOCN leaders, develop new skills, network with fellow professionals and earn continuing education credits.
Highlights of 2016:
  • We would like to acknowledge Vashti Livingston, MS, CWOCN, from Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and past president of the Northeast Region, for her participation on the Consensus Panel of Expert Ostomy Clinicians.
  • The Consensus Conference met to discuss "Outcome Criteria for Discharging the Patient with a New Ostomy from Home Health Care," an article published in the May/June 2016 issue of the Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing (JWOCN) and written by Janice C. Colwell, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, Phyllis T. Kupsick, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN and Laurie L. McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP. 
We are proud of our members' contributions and accomplishments for the advancement and development of the WOC nursing profession.

Highlights of 2016:
  • One of our long time members, Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-NC, CWOCN, had an article published in the May/June 2016 issue of the JWOCN, "Exploring the Relationship Between Resilience and Ostomy Adjustment in Adults With a Permanent Ostomy." We are proud to have Jody as a member of our affiliate!
  • One of our long time members, Sr. Johanna Ryan, BSN, RN, CWOCN, has recently retired. We will miss not having her at our monthly meetings.
  • Several members were able to attend the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal due to the close proximity. To celebrate, the attendees had dinner in Old Montreal and socialized with other members who they don't get to see at local affiliate meetings.
  • We will meet again in September to start planning our annual Education Conference.
Position Update:
  • Mary Jo Nethaway, BSN, RN, CWOCN, president-elect, 2018-2020
Philanthropy Update:
  • Our Philanthropic Committee donated to the Kathy Buffaline Fund to help homecare patients in need of WOC supplies, Capital District Ostomy Support Group, Crohn's and Colitis Walk, Bladder Cancer Awareness Week and Friends of Ostomates Worldwide.

Highlights of 2016:
One of our members, Kersten Reider, BSN, RN, CWOCN, won 2nd place at the Make Better Summit in May for her poster presentation on "Fistula Isolation and the Use of Negative Pressure to Promote Wound Healing." Kersten is employed by the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. Congratulations Kersten!

Member highlights:
  • Leslie Wilson, MSN, RN, CWOCN, president of South Central PA Affiliate, received the Nurse of Distinction Award for 2015.
  • Lynn DeMartyn, BSN, RN, CWOCN, president of Northeast Region, recently re-certified for wound, ostomy and continence through the PGP program.
  • Connie Rutherford, BSN, RN, CWON, our newest affiliate member, recently became certified as a CWON. Welcome Connie! 
  • Phyllis Greene, BSN, RN, CWOCN, presented a one-contact hour presentation Beyond Kegels at our June meeting to our members. Excellent work, Phyllis! 
  • Shawn Souder, RN, CWON, from Carlisle Regional Medical Center, presented an eight-hour long Pressure Ulcer Fair to nursing homes in the south central Pennsylvania area last November on World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day
Position Updates:
  • DiAnn Smoot, BSN, RN, CWOCN, president-elect
  • Mike Gilmore, BSN, RN, CWOCN, secretary

Meeting Highlights:
  • Care and Share time - members present a case or activity.
  • Public Policy report - The Public Policy & Advocacy section on the WOCN website is monitored and reported at each meeting by the affiliate public policy representative.
  • Recognize achievements.
  • If a members loses an immediate family member, a donation is made to an organization of their choice in memory of their loved one.
Nurses Active in the WOC Community:
  • Linda Rahuba, BSN, RN, CWON, Kathy Hoffman, ADN, RN, CWOCN, Sue Wood, PhD, Rn, WOCN, WCC, LLE, and Cheryl Hutton, RN, CWON, are active in the Local Ostomy, Crohn's and Colitis and Spina Bifida Support Groups.
  • Renetta Winkler, CHPN, CWOCN, participated in a trip to Hawaii to provide WOC and foot care.
  • Jan Shafer, BSN. RN, CWON, and Sandy Hartman, BSN, RN, CWOCN, participated in a Joint PA Dept. of Health and Patient Safety Authority collaboration with physicians and WOC Nurses on Pressure Injuries. Sandy is also on the National Special Projects Group.
  • Merry Previte, RN, RNBC, CWOCN, collects items for the FOW.
  • Pam Wilson, MSN, MSN/ED, BSN, RN, CWOCN is on the WOCNCB Board.
  • Kim Clark, MSN/ED, RN, CCCN, COCN, is on the National Scholarship Committee.
Ostomy Workshop Update:
  • Planning an Ostomy Workshop to provide education to all levels of healthcare that care for the patient with an ostomy on Sept. 17, 2016. 
  • Received the Gene Galinda Memorial Award for this community service project to defray costs.
  • We will presenting the outcome of the program at the 2016 NER Conference Nov. 11-13, 2016.

Conference Update:
The Northwest Region's 2016 Conference will be held November 4-5, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. It will be presented in partnership with the Idaho Pressure Ulcer Prevention Coalition and 6-9 contact hours will be awarded. For more information, please visit our website.

Call for Nominations:
The Northwest Region is currently looking for nominations for the positions of secretary and nominations chair. Nominations are also being requested for the 2016 Northwest Region Outstanding WOC nurse of the year. Please visit our website to make nominations.


Conference Update:
The annual PCR conference was held April 7-10, 2016, in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. There was a fantastic line up of speakers, including Youth Rally President and CEO, Paul Hastings, who gave a moving presentation about the annual camp.

Scholarship Update:
  • With the decision to extend the youth rally sponsorship deadline, we were able to fund one WOC nurses fee as an RN counselor.
  • We were extremely fortunate to receive a donation from the Los Angeles UOAA, and were able to provide scholarships for eight individuals completing their wound, ostomy, and continence education.
Board Changes:
We welcome Joyce Moss, RN, COCN, CWCN, CWS, back to the Board as the Membership Director and bid farewell and thank you to Linda Schultz, BSN, RN, COCN, CWCN.

2017 Conference Update:
Please join us next February for our annual conference to be held in Newport Beach, California. We are looking forward to another wonderful line up of speakers. For additional information, please visit our website.

Highlights of 2016:
SRC held its transition meeting on January 31, 2016 with 100% attendance.
2016 Conference Update:
In March of 2016, we partnered with the NAPHE in Branson, Missouri for a conference that was held March 13-15, 2016.

Award Recipients:
  • Jill Conwill, MSN, RN, CWON, SCR Presidents Award for 2016
  • Dianne McCollum, BSN, RN, CWOCN, SCR Nurse of the Year 2016
  • Clay Collins, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, CWS, SCR Educator of the Year 2016
  • Joanna Hoopingarner, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFNC, SCR Rookie of the Year 2016
  • Alise Anderson, SRC Vendor of the Year 2016
Position Updates:
Vacancies for SCR Board positions in 2017 are Treasurer, Communications, Public relations and we have to re-post the Secretary.

2017 Conference Update:
Our 2017 conference will be held in Houston, TX from September 29-20. We welcome all SRC members who may be considering presenting a topic to contact our Conference Chair, Tabatha Schroeder, RN, CWOCN, for details.

We encourage SCR members to contribute any accomplishments and news to us via our website. Stay up-to-date with SCR updates by visiting or by contacting any of your SCR Board Members!

2016 Conference Update:
The Southeast Region of the WOCN Society held its annual conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, Aug. 25-27, 2016. The fabulous conference planning committee sent "WOC Nurses Soaring to New Heights" through the provision of sessions that discussed advances in theoretical and clinical knowledge, and evidence based practice. The three-hour pre-conference workshop presented by Karen Edwards, MS, BS, BSN, RN, CWOCN, was sold out. A total of 14 additional hours of CE were available to attendees.

Scholarship Recipients:
  • Brenda Fox, BSN, RN, CWONDaniyele Feaster, RN, CWOCN
  • Kathy Decho, BSN, RN, CWOCN
  • Barbara Dale, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CHHN, COS-C
  • Jennifer Bart, MSN, BSN, CWOCN

The Southeast Region supports its member who are returning to school with scholarships.

  • Rhonda Musgrove, RN, Nursing Education Scholarship Program, attending Emory University
  • Melody Austin, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Education Scholarship for Advanced Practice, attending East Carolina University, MSN-CNS track

Award Recipients: 

  • Amanda Eltz, RN, CWOCN, Rookie of the Year
  • Joanna Burgess, BSN, RN, CMLDT, CWOCN, WOC Nurse of the Year
  • Brenda Rutland, BSN, RN, COCN, CWCN, CWON, North Carolina State Recognition Award

Position Updates: 

  • Laura Shafer, BSN, RNC, CWON, president-elect
  • Glenda Brunette, MSN, BSN, RN, CWON, director of communications
  • Nancy Scott, director of awards
Congratulations to all our conference winners, award recipients and new officers!

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