On this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Mary Willis, MS, RN, CWOCN and Diane Bryant, MS, RN, CWOCN of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA to discuss their recent poster at WOCNext 2019. The poster, titled “Collecting Data to Advocate for Additional WOC Resources: YOU CAN DO IT!” outlined how data they collected drove the decision to hire an additional WOC nurse to handle the workload in their urban, academic medical center. Listen in to learn more about Mary and Diane’s clinical backgrounds, their association with the WOCN Society and how they developed a compelling needs assessment document and proposal to acquire additional WOC nurse resources.
The abstract for Mary and Diane’s co-authored poster, “Collecting Data to Advocate for Additional WOC Resources: YOU CAN DO IT!”, can be found by clicking here.
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