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February 9, 2017
Get the Support You Need
Attending the WOCN Society's 49th Annual Conference is a networking and learning opportunity that you can't pass up! We want to make it as easy as possible for you to come to Salt Lake City.
If you need managerial approval for travel expenses, please download a sample letter to help guide you in gaining support. Don't forget to modify it to fit your facility's needs before sending.

Here are more tips on getting your employer to support your Annual Conference attendance:
  • Explain what you plan to get out of attending the Annual Conference and how that will benefit your position at work, as well as your patients.
  • Be prepared with a plan and a schedule to show who will cover for you while you are attending the Annual Conference.
  • Offer to deliver a short post-conference presentation to your colleagues about what you learned.
Member Spotlight Sessions

The Member Spotlight concurrent sessions give our members the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with WOC nurse peers. Check out what our members are up to and attend the sessions they are diligently working on to share their experience with you.

This is opportunity is open to all WOCN Society members, if you have something worth sharing we encourage you to submit a session proposal next year.
Sunday, May 22, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kimberly Masters, MSN, BSN, RN, CWCN, CCCN

There are 250,000 Americans with a spinal cord injury and approximately 11,000 new injuries each year. Spinal cord injuries maintain a rigid schedule that encompasses a bowel and bladder program along with periodic cycles of pressure relief. When an SCI is admitted to the hospital their schedule is not taken into consideration as most nursing staff do not know the proper care of a SCI patient. If bowel and bladder is not managed while in the hospital, there could be many issues that could occur. There could be incontinence which could be seen as bad behavior and the moisture to the skin could lead to moisture associated skin damage. This could lead to the beginnings of a pressure injury if the individual is not repositioned. If bowel and bladder is not managed properly it could lead to damage to the kidneys or bowel. The most serious disorder that can occur in certain spinal cord individuals is called autonomic dysreflexia. If this condition is not recognized, it could lead to death.

In this session I will provide the WOCN on what is needed to educate the hospital staff nurse on caring for the spinal cord injury patient.
Monday, May 22, 2017
4:20 pm - 5:20 pm
Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON

Children have the benefits of youth to help with wound healing. The challenges of wound care in children relate less to their comorbidities, but are linked to the pediatric population's developmental needs. Addressing a child's developmental needs can build a trusting relationship with someone that they may see every day and for months at a time. This trust alleviates the procedural anxiety that children may develop with long term wound care. The demands of wound care can override the relationship a Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOC) RN builds with patients of any age. Strengthen the bond with a child can not only improve care given by the family, but other care providers as well. The WOC RN often role models approaches for others health care provider to improve wound care delivery by all who interact with a child.

Pediatric wound care may require different modalities versus the care of adults. This presentation will discuss the developmental stages of children and how a WOC RN can use these stages to not only improve the care they provide, but the outcomes for pediatric patients as well. Each developmental stage will be discussed with specific strategies for dressing changes and the prevention of skin injury to include products benefits and nursing consideration for pediatric/neonatal patients.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Bonnie Johnston, MSN, RN, APN, AGPCNP-BC, NP-C, CWOCN

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways are becoming best practice models for surgical care. WOC nurses are involved in patient care through the continuum of care and are respected by surgeons, staff nurses, educators, patients and other key ERAS team members. WOC nurses possess the knowledge and skills necessary to engage patients and staff in ERAS, making them essential members of the multidisciplinary ERAS team. Following this program participants will understand steps they can take to become a leader in the implementation of and ongoing success of ERAS at their institutions.
Important Dates & Deadline
Symposia Registration Opens:
March 15, 2017
March 31, 2017
April 21, 2017
April 26, 2017
May 16, 2017
Enter to Win
You could win a free trip to the Annual Conference.

If your team has created and sustained a successful program designed to prevent skin damage, apply for the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety!

If you know someone who should apply, please share this opportunity with them! 

Submissions will close March 1, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST.
Earn CEs at Conference

Earn up to 17 CE credits during the Annual Conference. You can earn additional CE credits in select symposia sessions and in the poster hall!
Support Opportunities

Show your support! Choose from a variety of support opportunities listed in the 2017 Support and Marketing Prospectus.
Accreditation Statement
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

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