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WOCN Society Named Lecture Series: Honorees & 2023 Presenters

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses SocietyTM (WOCN®) maintains a series of named lectures reserved to honor, recognize, and uphold the legacy of outstanding individuals who have made profound contributions to the specialty of wound, ostomy, and continence care and its professional practice.

To date, the WOCN Society has installed five lectureships, all of which are routinely delivered at our annual WOCNext® educational event. Our named lectureships include:

  • Norma Gill-Thompson Lecture (Ostomy)
    Norma Gill-Thompson is considered the “mother” of enterostomal therapy nursing as the founder of the specialty known around the globe. She created the specialty to stand in the gap and serve as a complement to the work of colorectal surgeons-impacting the lives of those with intestinal illnesses both pre- and post-surgery.
  • Rupert B. Turnbull, Jr. Lecture (Ostomy)
    Rupert B. Turnbull, Jr., MD was a legendary surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic, equally famous for the Turnbull loop ileostomy surgical technique and for supporting his patient, Norma Gill-Thompson, to be the first Enterostomal therapist.
  • Barbara Braden Lecture (Wound)
    Barbara Braden, PhD, RN, FAAN is known for identifying and mitigating risk factors in skin health, specifically, but not limited to, pressure injury. She affectionately said, “If it were not for the WOC nursing community, her manuscript would have collected dust on the shelf.”
  • Thelma Wells Lecture (Continence)
    Thelma Wells, PhD, RN was bestowed a named lectureship in 2003 in honor of her groundbreaking work in the field of urinary incontinence.
  • Mikel Gray Lecture (Professional Practice)
    Mikel Gray, RN, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN-AP, FAANP, FAAN has significantly influenced the practice, not just as a well-respected clinician, role model, and mentor, but through his enduring tenure as the Editor-in-Chief of JWOCN. Guided by his leadership for more than two decades, the highly regarded peer-reviewed Journal is unwavering in quality, exceeding the assignment to distribute research worldwide to influence decision-making perpetually.


Sneak Peak of WOCNext® 2023 Named Lectures

WOCNext® 2023 will host two named lectures this year, including the Barbara Braden Lecture presented by Tracey Yap PhD, RN, WCC, CNE, FGSA, FAAN, Associate Professor at Duke University, as well as the inaugural Mikel Gray Lecture presented by Dr. Gray himself.

  • Inaugural Mikel Gray Lecture:
    Building On Our Legacy, Ensuring Our Future
    Monday, June 5, 2023
    Contact Hours: 1
    WOC nurse practice has always been challenging, and the pandemic and subsequent workforce shortage have compounded these challenges considerably. Despite these challenges, WOC nurses continue to make a difference in patients’ lives, build our legacy through clinical and scholarly contributions, and pave the way toward a sustainable future for our caring community.
  • Barbara Braden Lecture:
    Where Are We With Repositioning for Pressure Injury Prevention?
    Tuesday, June 6, 2023
    Contact Hours: 1
    The TEAM-UP study findings suggest that current two-hour protocols can be relaxed for many nursing home residents without compromising pressure injury prevention. A causal link was not established between repositioning interval treatments and pressure injury outcome; however, no new pressure injuries developed. Compliance improved as the repositioning interval lengthened.

Register here to attend this year’s named lectures in person or virtually at WOCNext® in June.


Accreditation Statement
The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development 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. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) and Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). The ASCRS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™