Episode 102 Voices in Action: WOCN Public Policy & Advocacy Insights

On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, and Chris Rorick, MPA, who both serve as the WOCN Society’s National Public Policy Liaisons. Kate and Chris discuss various legislative updates and working with other organizations on wound, ostomy, and continence regulatory issues, grassroots efforts, and more.

Episode Resources:
Click here for all the latest Public Policy and Advocacy updates and documents
Click here for information on the Lymphedema Treatment Act
Click here to learn more about the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders (The Alliance)
Click here to learn about the Ostomy and Continent Diversion Patient Bill of Rights
Click here to learn about the WOCN Society’s Voter Voice platform
Click here to see the Public Policy Hot Topics
Click here to visit the WOCN members-only Public Policy Community discussion
Click here to visit the America Nurses Association (ANA) Advocacy page
Click here to see the CMS Coronavirus waivers and flexibilities
Click here to learn more about the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)
Click here to learn more about the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA)

Contact Hours: 0.75

The planners and faculty for this program have nothing to disclose unless listed on the event website. All potential Conflicts of Interest have been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner, Nurse Planner, and Director of Education, and resolved according to the WOCN Society policy to ensure that no bias exists as a result of disclosed relevant financial relationships with Commercial Interest Organizations.

About the Speakers:
Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, has had a lifelong love of nursing. Her career has included acute care, medical surgical nursing, home care, hospice, and over 30 years as a wound, ostomy, continence (WOC) nurse delivering the full scope of practice. Her work in WOC nursing includes the development of a comprehensive wound ostomy and continence nursing service for inpatient, outpatient, and contract entities in a rural Vermont hospital setting.

Currently, she is the Program Director of wound, ostomy, continence services at VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region in Vermont. Her role includes delivery of education and consultation in home care, outpatient, long term, and community care facilities. Kate has held many leadership roles for the WOCN Society and is one of the past presidents of the Society. Currently, Kate is the WOCN Society’s Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator.

Chris Rorick, MPA, serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli, and the Director of Government Relations with the WOCN Society. Chris brings 25 years of experience in both state and federal government service and government relations. His focus is on health care and health science policy representing numerous physicians, nursing, and medical research associations. Prior to joining Polsinelli, Chris served in both the state district office and Washington, D.C. office of a U.S. Congressman from Colorado as well a staff member for several Representatives of the Colorado State Legislature.