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2009 Building Awareness for WOC Nurse Week

Wednesday, March 4, 2009  
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April 12 – 18, 2009
During Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Week, April 12 through April 18, the Society will recognize WOC nurses for the services they provide to millions of patients who endure non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence. But with nearly 60 percent of WOCN members nearing retirement age, the Society is asking: "How can the WOCN Society ensure future generations of nurses are trained adequately to respond to the specific needs of WOC patients?"

To answer this question, the WOCN Society will begin promoting mentoring opportunities and encouraging professionals to share skills and expertise to equip a new generation to carry on the WOCN Society commitment to caring.

WOC Nurse Brochure: The Path to Becoming a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse
What are you doing to help build the next generation of WOC nurses? Included in the nurse week packet is a new brochure outlining the benefits of the career, the necessary steps to becoming a WOC nurse, and the benefits of joining WOCN Society. The Society is encouraging members to pass along the brochure to a potential WOC nurse and explain the numerous benefits WOC nursing plays in the nursing specialty. If every member mentored at least one understudy, future generations of patients will benefit from our expert care.

WOC Nurse Week Poster
The WOCN Society is pleased to offer members a poster celebrating 2009 WOC Nurse Week. We hope you will hang this poster prominently and proudly to show you have a special week devoted to your field and the work you do.

If you have not received your packet, please contact the National Office at

Mentoring PowerPoint
To help educate members on the importance of mentoring, the Society has posted a power point presentation based on the popular conference session given by Past President Bernie Cullen. The slides cover: the difference between a mentor and a preceptor, generational challenges, adult learning, and tips on being a successful mentor. You can find this presentation in the Marketing Tools section of the website.

Download PowerPoint

Letter to the Editor template
A "Letter to the Editor" is an excellent strategy for educating the public about the work of WOC nurses. You can use the letter as a supplement to offer information about WOC nursing in your geographic area. To obtain media contact information, review the editorial page of your local newspaper and submit the letter to the appropriate contact at least two weeks prior to April 12, 2009. Letters can be mailed, emailed, or faxed, depending on the publications preference.

Download Letter to the Editor [Word]

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