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In It For You--The Official Magazine of the WOCN Society

Fri, 06/21/2019 12:08
Summer 2019 Issue
WOCN? Society members loved In It For You , the official magazine of the WOCN Society. To satisfy our members and reduce paper, we brought back In It For You in a new, completely, digital format.

The Summer 2019 issue is now available online to read for free. Enjoy articles written by your peers and share them with your colleagues! You can also read past issues for free.

If you think you would be a good guest author for an upcoming issue, have an idea to share with us, or would like questions or issues addressed in an upcoming issue, send an email to share@wocn.org.
Highlights From This Issue:
JWOCN : NEW Foot and Nail Care Section
Page 6

Tara Buescher, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, NEA-BC, Foot and Nail Section editor for the Journal, discusses her background in foot care nursing and how the JWOCN will shine a light on this important area of specialty practice.
WOC Nurse and WTA -- What's the Connection?
Page 7

Janet Ramundo, BSN, MS, CWOCN, APRN, RN, Chair of the Wound Treatment Associate Advisory Committee (WTAAC), discusses the role of the WOC nurse and how the WTA can be an integral part of the WOC nursing toolbox to help provide optimal patient care.

Also included in this article is a link to the Complete Guide to Role Delineation Among WOCNCB ? Certified Wound Care Providers document and the WTA Program Outcomes infographic.
Ask the WOC Nurse
Page 12

Have you ever wished for someone to talk to who ?gets it?? Someone who understands what it?s like to be a WOC nurse yet who is not involved in the same work culture as you? Someone whom you can ask questions that you wouldn?t feel safe asking your work colleagues? Then this column is for you!

Submit anonymous questions for the WOC nurse to answer in future issues.
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Can't Make it to WOCNext 2019? Watch Online!

Fri, 06/21/2019 08:59
Watch live from your home or office
If you cannot attend WOCNext 2019, the WOCN ? Society's annual education and networking event, in Nashville, you can watch key sessions LIVE online.

Live streaming gives you the opportunity to watch 13 sessions, and earn up to 13 Contact Hours and 2.33 Pharmacology Credits, from the comfort of your home or office.
Live streaming is FREE for WOCN Society members, but registration is required to participate.

Non-members can register for $279 or  become a member to participate in live streaming at no additional cost.

ALL live streaming attendees can watch the opening remarks, award presentation, closing remarks and select commercially supported symposia sessions for FREE.
Thank you to Hollister Incorporated for supporting the Live Streaming of WOCNext 2019.

*Contact Hours and Pharmacology Credits can only be obtained by viewing sessions live, in real-time, and completing the post session evaluation(s).
Accreditation Statement

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited 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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WOCNow: New Ostomy Bite-Sized Learning Course, Membership Contests, WOCNext ePosters and More

Thu, 06/20/2019 08:39
WOCNow Newsletter
June 19, 2019
Now Available: New Ostomy Bite-Sized
?Learning Course
Monique Dixon , MSN, RN, CCRN
Ferne Elsass , MSN, RN, CPN, CWON
0.20 Contact Hours
View all of the  bite-sized learning courses that are available in the Continuing Education Center (CEC):

Maureen Rosette, BSN, RN, CWOCN
0.44 Contact Hours

Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN
0.41 Contact Hours

T. Ellen Woodcock, BSN, RN, CWON
0.10 Contact Hours

Jennifer Turner , MSN-Ed, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, CWOCN
0.32 Contact Hours

Angela Dean , BSN, RN, MAHCA
0.29 Contact Hours
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Society members have free access to continuing education courses. Not a member?  Join now!
Create a New Member Benefit!
Want to expand The Big Book of Benefits?

From now through November 1, 2019, we are challenging members to create a new member benefit!

You can submit your idea to info@wocn.org and enter ?Member Benefit Contest? in the subject line.
All submissions will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card and , if a new member benefit idea is selected, the individual will receive a  FREE one-year membership to the WOCN Society.  The selected winner will also be featured  in a future edition of the  WOCNow. 

For complete contest rules click here.
Help Expand WOCN Society Membership! Refer-A-Friend Contest
Help us spread the word about WOCN Society membership through the Refer-a-Friend Contest.

The more friends you recruit to join, the more chances you have to win!

Share your unique link with your friends and colleagues and you can win 1 of 10 $100 Amazon gift cards when your friend joins the Society! Your name will be entered once in the drawing for every person you refer who joins as a new member. 

For contest instructions click here.

Contest ends November 1, 2019. Referrals must be new members of the WOCN Society to qualify as contest entries. Previous or renewing members will not qualify.
Have Questions About WOCNext 2019?
Text Nurse Nancy for 
 ?Immediate Answers
This year we've implemented a new event feature, our Nurse Nancy chatbot! That's right, you can simply text Nurse Nancy your questions as she will service as your virtual WOCNext guide.

If you provided a cell phone number during the registration process, you will receive a text message from Nurse Nancy. Once you receive that text message you'll be able to respond back, and ask questions about the event and receive answers in real-time!

If you did not provide your cell phone number, you can still chat with Nurse Nancy.  Simply text WOCNext to 25525.
WOCNext 2019 ePosters
?Now Available Online!
Did you know?  This year, our Poster Hall will be made up of 50% ePosters! Good news, you can now view the ePosters that will be presented in Nashville online before you arrive and after the event has finished.

Click here   to view the WOCNext 2019 ePosters. They will be available to view online through July 12, 2019.

Don?t forget!  When you spend time in the Poster Hall at WOCNext 2019, you have the opportunity to earn up to 6 additional Contact Hours.
Dates & Deadlines
June 23-26, 2019
Nashville, TN
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest episode of WOCTalk: WOCNext 2019: What to Know Before

On this week?s episode we sit down with Brooke Passy. Brooke is a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and the WOCN ?  Society?s Meeting Manager. During this episode she reviews the ins-and-outs of the WOCN Society?s newly re-branded education event, WOCNext.

WOCNext 2019 will take place in Nashville from June 23-26, 2019. For additional information visit  wocnext.org .

Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew is proud to be your Partner in Prevention! Visit us at Booth #713 at WOCNext 2019 to learn how our Pressure Injury Prevention Solution can help you get  CLOSER TO ZERO incidence of hospital-acquired pressure injuries.  We are excited to introduce you to our complete pressure injury prevention solution that aligns directly with NPUAP Guidelines ? evidence-based prophylactic foam dressings, pH balanced skincare, and a groundbreaking patient monitoring/repositioning system. While you?re with us at Booth #713, play the CLOSER TO ZERO Challenge where you?ll race against the clock, and a rival team, to see who can apply dressings on a patient the best! See you in Nashville!
JWOCN Article of Interest
 
The executive summary Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care, describes the role of the CWOCN or CWOCN-AP in the delivery of continence care across care settings .

Click here to read the original position statement from the WOCN Society's
Accreditation
Statement
 
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society   is accredited 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.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
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What to Know Before You Go to Nashville

Wed, 06/19/2019 09:37
WOCNext 2019
What to Know Before You Go to Nashville

WOCNext 2019 is almost here and we've gathered important information to help you prepare for your trip to Nashville!
Listen to the new WOCTalk podcast episode, What to Know Before You Go, to hear all about the ins-and-outs of WOCNext 2019 from Brooke Passy, Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and the WOCN ? Society?s Meeting Manager.
Before You Leave

?Check the weather in Nashville and pack appropriate clothes (business casual attire, comfortable shoes and a light jacket for air-conditioned meeting rooms and nighttime events). Don't forget to pack your phone charger and business cards.
Travel and Hotel

Familiarize yourself with the Nashville area and arrange for transportation to and from the airport.
?
  • View the transportation options to and from the airport, and for getting around town.
  • You can take a shuttle, taxi, or use ride share services like Uber and Lyft.
  • Make sure you know the name and address of the hotel you are staying at to ensure you get dropped off at the right location.
Registration Check-In

Visit the registration desks or the Xpress Registration kiosk located on Level 2 of the Music City Center to pick up your badge, an event program and a tote bag. On site registration hours:
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  • Saturday, June 22, 10:00 am-6:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 23, 7:00 am-5:30 pm
  • Monday, June 24, 6:30 am-5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 am-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 am-12:30 pm
Download the MyWOCN App

Download the app for iPhone/iPad and Android to have all things WOCNext at your fingertips.
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  • View the exhibit hall floor plan and schedule one-on-one meetings with exhibitors.
  • View accepted abstracts, session handouts, speaker information and much more.
  • Don't forget to turn on buzz notifications for up-to-date information and/or room changes.
Welcome Networking Reception

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, there will be a Welcome Networking Reception . Relax, enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks, mingle with the best in our field and play at our game stations.

Don't forget to take photos at the Selfie Station and with the WOCNext logo, and share the fun on social media using the hashtag #WOCNext2019 .
Access Session Handouts

Log in to MyWOCN to access session handouts. If you want to print handouts, we recommend doing so prior to the event. There will be one Cyber Caf? available on site for attendees to access the internet and print small files.

You can also view the accepted abstracts from WOCNext online.
Electronic posters (ePosters)

This year our Poster Hall will be made up of 50% ePosters. You can view the ePosters that will be presented in Nashville online before you arrive and after the event has ended through July 12, 2019.

Don?t forget that you have the opportunity to earn up to 6 additional Contact Hours in the Poster Hall.
Ask the WOCNext Chatbot

This year we've implemented a new event feature, our Nurse Nancy chatbot! Nurse Nancy will serve as your virtual WOCNext guide and will answer any questions you have about the event.

Simply text " WOCNext " to 25525 to get started.
Selfie Contest

Enter the WOCNext 2019 Selfie Contest for a chance to win one free registration to WOCNext 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio!

Snap a selfie and upload it to social media with the hashtag #WOCNext2019 .

Click here for the complete Selfie Contest rules.
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WOCNext ePosters, Event Guide and More!

Fri, 06/14/2019 08:39
Open for the latest news and information about WOCNext 2019
June 13, 2019
We're just 10 days away from WOCNext 2019 in Nashville! Watch the video below to learn why WOCN? Society Board Member and National Conference Planning Committee Member, Kevin Emmons, DrNP, RN, APN, AGPCNP-BC, CWCN, CFCN, is excited to join us in Nashville!

Don't forget to join in on the countdown fun by sharing what you're the most excited about and tagging us on social media using the hashtag   #WOCNext2019.
There is still time to register for the event!
New This Year: Text the WOCNext Chatbot for Immediate Answers
This year we've implemented a new event feature, our Nurse Nancy chatbot! That's right, you can simply text Nurse Nancy your questions as she will service as your virtual WOCNext guide.

If you provided a cell phone number during the registration process, you will receive a text message from Nurse Nancy tomorrow. Once you receive that text message you'll be able to respond back, and ask questions about the event and receive answers in real-time!

If you did not provide your cell phone number, you can still chat with Nurse Nancy. Simply text WOCNext to 25525.
Now Available Online:
WOCNext 2019 ePosters!
Did you know? This year, our Poster Hall will be made up of 50% ePosters! Good news, you can now view the ePosters that will be presented in Nashville online before you arrive and after the event has finished.

Click here to view the WOCNext 2019 ePosters. They will be available to view online through July 12, 2019.

Don?t forget! When you spend time in the Poster Hall at WOCNext 2019, you have the opportunity to earn up to 6 additional Contact Hours.
Ways to Earn Pharmacology Credits
You can earn Pharmacology credits during select sessions onsite in Nashville or via live streaming.

You could earn up to 4.76 Pharmacology credits during select sessions in Nashville. To see which sessions offer Pharmacology credits:
  • Click here
  • Select "AP w/ Pharm" under Specialty
  • Select View Agenda
You could earn up to 2.33 Pharmacology credits by live streaming select sessions. To see which sessions offer Pharmacology credits:
  • Click here
  • Click on any of the sessions to see which are labeled "AP w/ Pharm" under Specialty.
A Reminder About One-on-One Appointments With Exhibitors
In order for you to gain access to the Exhibit Hall during one-on-one appointment hours on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25, you must have a proper event badge, be able to show confirmation of scheduled appointments and/or be met and escorted by a registered exhibitor.

?If for some reason an appointment was agreed upon outside of MyWOCN, please ensure that you have a confirmation email that includes:
  • Exhibiting Company Name
  • Booth Number
  • Booth Staff Contact Name
  • Appointment Time
Meet the Speaker:
Virginia Hanchett, FNP, APRN-BC, DCNP, COCN CWCN
Virginia Hanchett is the Program Director and Senior Nurse Practitioner at ?UR Medicine Ostomy Services? at the University Of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She has 20 years of experience in the field of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and 15 years experience in medical dermatology.

She has proudly been employed at the University of Rochester Medical Center for over 30 years and for the past 5 years she has focused on the well being of ostomy patients throughout the continuum of care with long-term management being her love. Her true specialty is the interdisciplinary co-management of ostomy patients with complex medical and dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, IBD, cancer and wound management in the parastomal region.
Join Virginia on Monday, June 24 from 3:10 - 4:10pm for her session*: (309) Dermostomy: Advanced Dermatological Conditions of the Parastomal Region

*This session is AP w/Pharm.
Dates & Deadlines
June 20, 2019

June 23-26, 2019
Can't Make it
?to Nashville?
Na'Scent
When you visit Na?Scent at booth #225, you'll learn why ostomates everywhere are calling Na`Scent the NEW gold standard in ostomy odor control! Be sure to grab your FREE sample bottle of Na'Scent!

Plus, you'll have a chance to win an iPad Mini valued at $399! See you in Nashville!
Shop Local in Nashville
 
Nashville is home to makers of all trades, known for its collaborative spirit borrowed from the city?s songwriting community. While you're in Nashville, check out creations that range from leather goods and jewelry to artisan chocolates and craft spirits.

Click here for more information.
HoverTech International
With the HoverMatt? Single-Patient Use (SPU) air transfer system, lateral transfers and positioning are easier and safer for both caregivers and patients. A cushion of air beneath the inflated HoverMatt SPU reduces the force required to move a patient by 80-90% to improve caregiver safety, while also eliminating friction and reducing skin shear for the patient. Highly breathable fabric facilitates evaporation and minimizes heat and moisture on the patient?s skin, allowing the HoverMatt SPU to remain under the patient for all-day care in compliance with pressure injury prevention clinical practice guidelines.
Stealth Belt
Stealth Belt is celebrating it's 10th anniversary, and we are proud to have helped tens-of-thousands of patients in over 50 countries, ?Go Anywhere. Do Anything.? Whether they're used for running errands or marathons, Stealth Belts are designed to meet the demands of any lifestyle. Expertly crafted with high-performance fabrics, Stealth Belts apply gentle pressure to the adhesive of the ostomy appliance and hold the weight of the pouch as it fills to reduce the chances of a leak. Stealth Belts conceal ostomy appliances with stylish and low-profile designs, to help patients regain confidence and live more comfortably after surgery.
Accreditation
?Statement
 
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society   is accredited 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.
 
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054 
CONNECT WITH US
 
info@wocn.org / 888.226.9626 / wocnext.org

WOCNext 2019 Session Handouts Now Available

Tue, 06/11/2019 08:42
View and Print Handouts for Sessions You Plan to Attend
Session Handouts Now Available
WOCNext 2019 sessions handouts are now available to view, download and/or print.

If you would like to print handouts, we recommend doing so prior to the event. There will be one Cyber Caf? available on site for attendees to access the internet and print small files.
2 Ways to Access Handouts
To access handouts online:
  • Log in to MyWOCN, your personal briefcase of event planning tools, using your badge number: Refer to your registration confirmation email for your badge number.
  • Click "Handouts"
To access handouts from your mobile device:
  • Open the MyWOCN app
  • Click "Handouts" on the main menu
  • Log in with your Email Address and Badge Number
  • Select the handout(s) for the session(s) you are interested in
If you haven't already downloaded the MyWOCN app, click here to download the app for your iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
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WOCNow: Meet, Share and Interact in the Connection Hub at WOCNext 2019

Thu, 06/06/2019 08:38
WOCNow Newsletter
June 5, 2019
Meet, Share and Interact at WOCNext In
?The Connection Hub, Booth #1019
The WOCNext Connection Hub is a space for attendees to meet, share and interact. During Exhibit Hall hours, stop by the Connection Hub to take pictures with the WOCNext logo, meet other like-minded attendees during our scheduled meet-ups, or simply utilize the space to take a much-needed break with your colleagues!
WOCNext is dedicated to supporting local organizations and will be hosting our invited guests,  Strings for Hope , in the Connection Hub in the Exhibit Hall. Strings for Hope is an organization that provides individuals facing hardships with opportunities and a platform to succeed. Stop by the Connection Hub to learn more about the organization, their mission and their beautiful handmade jewelry.

?If you can't join us in Nashville, you can still check out their jewelry at stringsforhope.com   and use the code "WOC10 " to receive 10% off of any purchase.
New Foot & Nail Care
?Section in the JWOCN
The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing ( JWOCN) has a new Foot and Nail Care section, which can be found under the  current Table of Contents.

This new section will offer informative, practical and relevant articles to the field of nursing foot and nail care. Tara Beuscher, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, NEA-BC, serves as the section editor and wrote a  commentary piece that introduces the new section. Additionally, you can listen to Tara speak about her new role with  JWOCN  and the new section in Episode 16 of WOCTalk,   found here .
Free Nurse's Edition of
?The Phoenix Magazine
Enjoy this  free nurse's edition  
? of  The Phoenix , the official magazine of the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA).

Hot topics in this issue   include:

2019 UOAA National Conference
Celebrate your independence this August in Philadelphia
UOAA

The Best Pouching System
Part 2: Finding the right pouching system
Janice C. Colwell, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAN

Wear it Well with an Ostomy
Clothing, swimwear and accessories that inspire confidence
Patti Haberer, MA, BSN, RN, CWOCN

Post-Surgery Diet
How to follow a low-fiber, low-fat diet after ostomy surgery
Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD

Pouching on a Bulge
How to get your system to adhere securely onto a bulging hernia
Linda Coulter, BSN, MS, RN, CWOCN

Short-Term Ostomy
Emergency surgery creates hardship to accept life with an ostomy
Susie Leonard Weller, M.A.
International Society of Pediatric Wound Care (ISPew) Call for Abstracts
?The International Society of Pediatric Wound Care (ISPeW) will be holding its 7th Annual Meeting from November 14-15, 2019, in Houston, Texas, to discuss the latest scientific and clinical advances within pediatric wound care.

ISPeW is now accepting early bird abstract submissions through June 30, 2019, and regular abstract submissions through August 30, 2019. For more information please email ispewhouston2019@gmail.com or visit  ispew2019.com .
Dates & Deadlines
June 23-26, 2019
Nashville, TN
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest episode of WOCTalk: The CAUTI Prevention Tool Kit.

On this week?s episode we sit down with Kathleen Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN and Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, to discuss an article that was in the March/April issue of the JWOCN titled, ? The CAUTI Prevention Tool Kit, A Professional Practice and Collaborative Project of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society ?

To view and use the CAUTI Prevention Tool, visit  wocn.org/clinicaltools and click on the link for the ANA CAUTI Prevention Tool.

Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
Have an Open
?Job Position?
The WOCN Society Career Center meets all your recruitment needs. 

Employers can easily post jobs, search the resume bank, access highly-qualified, professional candidates, and set-up pre-screen filters to deliver the best candidates!

Interested?
Need help preparing for your certification exam? The Society has 3  certification review courses  available to purchase through the Continuing Education Center.

Society members receive a discount on these courses. Not a member?  Join Now!
Accreditation
Statement
 
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society   is accredited 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.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
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How Can the WTA and OCA Programs Benefit Your Facility?

Fri, 05/31/2019 09:10
Implement the WTA and OCA Programs
Increase Access to Care with the WTA and OCA Programs
As the demand for certified WOC nurses increases across all healthcare settings, it is critical to decrease delays in care. Implementing the WTA and OCA Programs in your facility could be a game changer.

By training beside clinicians in the basics of wound and ostomy care, the reach of the WOC nursing staff can be extended. Having WTAs and OCAs act as WOC nurse extenders gives the WOC nurse more time to provide expert assessment and treatment for patients with complex issues, and manage care on a facility/agency-wide level.
WTAs and OCAs are not meant to replace the WOC nurse. They are meant to work in coordination with the WOC nurse to decrease delays in care.

When a WOC nurse is not available, WTAs and OCAs can act as the WOC nurse's extra set of eyes to help identify issues when they first appear, provide early evidence-based interventions, as well as give accurate first-hand information to the rest of the WOC nursing team.

To help clinicians better understand the role of WTA graduates versus the role of Certified Wound Care Providers, the WTA Advisory Committee (WTAAC) developed A Complete Guide to Role Delineation Among WOCNCB Certification Wound Care Providers.
Achieve Outcomes with the WTA and OCA Programs
Having WTA and OCA trained clinicians available at hand to help create evidence-based care and discharge plans can help move patients though their stay and meet their needs to increase patient satisfaction rates and reduce readmission rates.

View the WTA Program Outcomes infographic to learn about the importance of the Program and see how it could benefit your team.

The WTA and OCA Programs are relatively low-cost educational programs that provide high-quality education. The flexibility of the programs saves facilities money because participants need less time off from work. Unlike offsite wound and/or ostomy courses, there are no travel costs associated with the programs.
Learn More
Hear from WTA and OCA Course Coordinators in the sixth episode of the WOCTalk podcast: Partnering for the Future ? Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration).
STAY CONNECTED
Questions? Call the National Office at 888.224.WOCN (9626) or email info@wocn.org

Help Us Celebrate 25 Days to WOCNext 2019!

Wed, 05/29/2019 16:14
Join In On the Countdown to Nashville
We're just 25 days away from WOCNext 2019 in Nashville! Watch the video below to learn why WOCN? Society member and WOCNext 2019 poster co-author, Joy Pittman, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN, is excited to join us in Nashville!
Don't forget to join in on the countdown fun by sharing what you're the most excited about and tagging us on social media using the hashtag  #WOCNext2019.
Did you know? A supplement of scientific and clinical abstracts for
WOCNext 2019 is available online through the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN).
You can also search the  accepted abstracts that will be presented in the Poster Hall onsite at WOCNext 2019 through the MyWOCN app. Here's how:
  • Open the MyWOCN App
  • Click Abstracts on the main menu
  • View an abstract by program, or search for a particular abstract by typing in key words, an author's name or the title.
Haven't downloaded the MyWOCN app? Click here to learn how!
Follow along with our countdown to WOCNext 2019
on the following social media platforms:

The Best of Foot and Nail Care Resources

Wed, 05/29/2019 08:38
Interested in Nursing Foot Care?
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society ?  (WOCN ? ) has mobile friendly resources that you can access on your smartphone, tablet or computer to help you better assess and treat patients with wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) care needs.
View the "Best of" the WOCN Society's Foot & Nail Care Resources
New Continuing Education Course

A new foot and nail care continuing education course, It's More than Just Fungus: Nail Disease, was recently released on the Continuing Education Center (CEC). This course awards nursing Contact Hours and Pharmacology Credits, which is helpful for obtaining or maintaining an Advanced Practice certification.

There is now also a "Foot and Nail Care" tag on the CEC that enables you to filter and search for courses and additional resources that fall under the foot and nail care category.
New Section in the JWOCN

The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing ( JWOCN) has a new Foot and Nail Care section, which can be found under the current Table of Contents.

This new section will offer informative, practical and relevant articles to the field of nursing foot care. Tara Beuscher, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, NEA-BC, serves as the section editor and wrote a commentary piece that introduces the new section.
Foot and Nail Members-Only Forum

The Members-Only Forums includes a Foot and Nail section. Your fellow WOCN Society members are the best individuals for any type of question or inquiry related to foot care, including certification, billing, clinical instruments, continuing education, networking and more.

You must be logged in to the WOCN Member Center to view and post to the Forums.
JWOCN Certification Review Collection

The JWOCN has a Getting Ready for Foot Care Certification collection of evidence-based research articles aimed to help you get ready to sit for the foot care certification exam.

You can subscribe to collection alerts to be notified every time a new article is added.
WOCTalk Episode with JWOCN Foot and Nail Care Section Editor

WOCTalk is your opportunity to learn more about advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs.

Listen to Episode 16: Introducing the New Foot and Nail Section of JWOCN to hear from Tara Beuscher, the section Editor, on this exciting new enhancement to the Journal!

New episodes are released every other Tuesday. Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss an episode!
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WOCNext News: Join Us for One BIG Networking Event

Fri, 05/24/2019 08:38
Open for the latest news and information about WOCNext 2019
May 23, 2019
Addressing Sex and Intimacy:
A Conversation with WOCNext Speaker
Bridget Taylor, PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), RN
On the Society's latest WOCTalk podcast episode, we sit down with Bridget Taylor, PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), RN, to get a sneak peek of what to expect during her upcoming session at WOCNext 2019 titled, ? Addressing Sex and Intimacy: The Ex-PLISSIT Model in Practice ?.
Bridget Taylor is a Senior Specialist Nurse in the community palliative care team at Sir Michael Sobell House hospice in Oxford (UK). In addition to her clinical work, Bridget has been a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University for over 20 years, teaching a variety of courses on sexuality, end of life care and research methods. Her doctoral research explored the experiences of sexuality and intimacy for patients and partners of patients living with a life-limiting illness. Bridget has published extensively and her co-authored Extended PLISSIT model for addressing sexual well-being has been widely adopted.

Join us for her session on Monday, June 24 from
12:00 - 1:00pm to learn how to identify practical strategies for addressing sex and intimacy when supporting individuals living with chronic wounds, stomas or continence care issues. For additional information about the session,   click here.
Join Us for One BIG Networking Event
Join us on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm for an entertaining and out-of-the-box Welcome Networking Reception.

Start off WOCNext 2019 with some fun and games! Relax and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks, and mingle with the best in our field. Join in on some friendly competition by playing at our game stations and get to know your fellow WOCNext attendees.

Don't forget to take photos at our Selfie Station and with our WOCNext logo, and share the fun on social media using the hashtag #WOCNext2019.

This networking reception is free but registration is required.

How to register for the networking reception:

If you are already registered for WOCNext 2019, click here to log back in to your registration and add the networking reception.

If you are not registered for WOCNext 2019, click here to register and add the networking reception during the registration process.
Download MyWOCN and Start Interacting
Navigate WOCNext 2019 like a pro with the MyWOCN app.
With the app you are able to:

  • View the event schedule and build your personalized itinerary.
  • Message exhibitors and schedule one-on-one appointments with them.
  • View speaker information.
  • View the interactive exhibit hall floor plan.
  • View wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) products.
  • Access session handouts.
  • Participate in interactive sessions with the Q&A/polling feature.

Download the app for your  iPhone/iPad and  Android devices.
Dates & Deadlines
 
May 24, 2019

June 20, 2019

June 23-26, 2019
Can't Make it
?to Nashville?
Discover the Local Tastes of Nashville
Join us on a fun, delicious, and educational walking food tour. Tourists and locals love this experience! Local Tastes of Nashville is a walking food tour with a taste of history, in two popular must see areas.

Click here for more information.
Proud Supporter Challenge
Thank you to all WOCNext 2019 exhibiting companies who participated in the Proud Supporter challenge!

Congratulations to this year's winners:

First place:

Second place:
Accreditation
?Statement
 
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society   is accredited 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.
 
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054 
CONNECT WITH US
info@wocn.org / 888.226.9626 / wocnext.org

NEW Foot & Nail Course

Thu, 05/16/2019 16:11
It?s More than Just Fungus: Nail Disease
New Continuing Education Course!
It's More than Just Fungus: Nail Disease
Speaker: Jonathan Brantley, DPM
Contact Hours: 1.09
Pharmacology Credits: 0.25
Course Overview:
Dystrophies of the toenails are commonly misdiagnosed as solely a nail fungus (Onychomycosis). There are a myriad of disorders that can mimic the appearance of a fungal nail. This course will provide an overview of the various different types of nail dystrophies along with techniques on how to identify the etiologies and provide either the appropriate treatment or the proper referral.

Learning Objective:
The learner will be able to diagnose, treat or provide the proper referral for various nail disorders, which have been currently misdiagnosed.
WOCN? Society members have free access to this course! Not a member? Join now to take this course and earn credits for free!
CONNECT WITH US

WOCNow: Bite-Sized Learning, WTA Program Resources, WOCNext 2019 App and More

Thu, 05/16/2019 08:37
WOCNow Newsletter
May 15, 2019
Take Advantage of Bite-Sized Learning

?Did you know that the Society recently added bite-sized learning courses to our educational offerings? Bite-sized learning courses break down important WOC nursing information in 30-minutes or less.
The following  bite-sized learning courses  are currently available in the Continuing Education Center (CEC):

Maureen Rosette, BSN, RN, CWOCN
0.44 Contact Hours

Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN
0.41 Contact Hours

T. Ellen Woodcock, BSN, RN, CWON
0.10 Contact Hours

Jennifer Turner , MSN-Ed, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, CWOCN
0.32 Contact Hours

Angela Dean , BSN, RN, MAHCA
0.29 Contact Hours

Society members have free access to continuing education courses. Not a member?  Join now!   
New WTA Program Resources Available

?Two new resources have been developed to support the Wound Treatment Associate Program.

This resource is meant to demonstrate the different roles that WTA graduates can play on a wound care team and includes a side-by-side comparison role delineation among wound care providers. The guide can help hospital administrators understand how to utilize WTA program graduates on their unit and further demonstrates the value of certified WOC nurses. 


This resource illustrates the positive impact of the WTA Program. WOC nurses can use this resource to show hospital administrators the effect that bringing the WTA Program can have on their facility, including the areas impacted by WTA knowledge and practice.

MyWOCN Now Available
The Official App for WOCNext 2019
Navigate WOCNext 2019 like a pro with the MyWOCN app. With the app you are able to:
  • View the event schedule and build your personalized itinerary.
  • Go to "Search & Email Attendees" and tap the star icon next to an attendee's name to create a list of favorites, or tap the envelope icon to send them a message directly.
  • Message exhibitors and schedule one-on-one appointments with them.
  • View speaker information.
  • View the interactive exhibit hall floor plan.
  • View wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) products.
  • Access session handouts and more.
Turn on/allow notifications within the app to get real-time updates during the event.

Download the app for your  iPhone/iPad  and  Android devices .
President-Elect Honored at NC State WOC Nurses Group Meeting
The NC State WOC Nurses Group held a dinner meeting earlier this month and honored WOCN ?  Society President-Elect Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN. Stephanie will be sworn in as the 22nd President of the WOCN Society at the conclusion of the WOCNext 2019  
? event in Nashville, June 23-26. She will be the 7th President from the South East Region and the 3rd President from North Carolina. 
Members: Do you have a story, celebration or special achievement that you want to share? Email share@wocn.org and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of the WOCNow, In It For You and/or the Society's social media channels.
A Message From
United Ostomy Associates of America
Enjoy this blog post from United Ostomy Associates of America: Achieve Quality Ostomy Care While In Your Home. The blog post was written by WOCN Society member, B arbara Dale, RN, CWOCN, CHHN, COS-C, Director of WOC Services at Quality Home Health, and Jeanine Gleba, UOAA Advocacy Manager and focuses on helping patients receive quality ostomy care, the  Patient Bill of Rights  and resources for patients to utilize to access certified ostomy nurses and patient education. 

Dates & Deadlines
May 27, 2019

June 23-26, 2019
Nashville, TN
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest episode of WOCTalk: Introducing the New Foot and Nail Section of JWOCN

On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Tara Beuscher, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, NEA-BC and explore Dr. Beuscher?s career, what lead to her passion for foot care, her involvement and success with the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program and the exciting enhancement to  JWOCN  that she is spearheading, the Foot and Nail section, available in the May/June issue.

To view, or subscribe to  JWOCN , visit JWOCNonline.com .

For information regarding the WTA Program, visit  wocn.org/wtaprogram .

Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
Looking for a Job?
Visit the  Career Center to search for WOC nursing job listings, set up custom job alerts and view salaries and benefits.

WOCN Society Members can post their resume in the anonymous database. Not a member?  Join now!
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' Fact Sheet
The purpose of the Reimbursement Opportunities to WOC Nursing Services: Medicare Payment for Advanced Practice Nurse Services fact sheet is to provide WOC Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with information on the opportunities and challenges to obtain Medicare reimbursement for professional services.

Access additional resources in the WOCN Document Library.
Accreditation
Statement
 
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society   is accredited 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.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
CONNECT WITH US

WOCNext 2019 App Now Available

Wed, 05/15/2019 08:54
Download MyWOCN
Download MyWOCN - the Official App for WOCNext 2019
Navigate WOCNext 2019 like a pro with the MyWOCN app. With the app you are able to:
  • View the event schedule and build your personalized itinerary.
  • Message exhibitors and schedule one-on-one appointments with them.
  • View speaker information.
  • View the interactive exhibit hall floor plan.
  • View wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) products.
  • Access session handouts and more.
Turn on/allow notifications within the app to get real-time updates during the event.

Download the app for your  iPhone/iPad  and  Android devices .
Connect with Registered Attendees Through MyWOCN
  • Click on "MyWOCN LOGIN" and log in with your Badge Number: Not found. Please contact jking@wocn.org.
  • Under My Profile, click on "Update" and enter your information.
  • Go to "Search & Email Attendees" and tap the star icon next to an attendee's name to create a list of favorites, or tap the envelope icon to send them a message directly.
STAY CONNECTED

WOCNext News: Countdown to WOCNext 2019, WOCN In-Booth Education, Belly Dancing and More

Fri, 05/10/2019 09:00
Open for the latest news and information about WOCNext 2019
May 9, 2019
Get ready for four days packed with evidence-based research, expert analysis and inspiring stories-- we're less than 50 days away from WOCNext 2019 in Nashville!
Meet the Speakers:
Carla Haack, MD
Teresa Totino, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Dr. Haack received her MD at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 2006, and completed a General Surgery Residency at Emory University School of Medicine from 2006-2011.

Upon completion of her training in June 2011, she joined the faculty at Emory University. Her primary clinical location is the Acute and Critical Care Surgery Service of Emory University Hospital. Learn more .
Teresa Totino has been a certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse for the past five years with a total of 15 years of nursing experience. She currently works at Emory Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, GA. 


Fun fact : Teresa has been belly dancing as a hobby for the past five years! Learn more .
Join Dr. Haack and Teresa Totino, BSN, RN, CWOCN, on Tuesday, June 25 from 4:20 - 5:20pm for their session:

Why is this topic important to the WOC nurse and/or the non-specialty nurse?

Education is a daily task for both WOC nurses and non-specialty nurses. Learning about a variety of techniques, which can all be used as pelvic floor exercises, will increase the knowledge base of those who educate patients on how to impact symptoms of incontinence.

What do you hope attendees will learn from your session?

Attendees will learn about engaging the pelvic floor with a fun approach through belly dance. By attending this session, attendees will be able to practice and demonstrate basic belly dance moves to provide an alternative to ?traditional? pelvic floor exercises. During the session, a discussion on the basics of the neurophysiology of skill-building should also help attendees understand why it is that the more you practice these exercises, the more effective they become. This can be applied across a range of topics in practice and in life.
 
How can attendees transform their practice with the information from your session?

Attendees will be able to provide additional ideas to female AND male patients who need pelvic floor strengthening to assist in controlling symptoms of incontinence.
The WOCN? Society Presents:
In-Booth Education
Visit Booth #511 to join us for in-booth education for an opportunity to meet the B oard of Directors, view an exclusive review of clinical tools and more!
Sunday, June 23, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Meet the Board

Monday, June 24, 12:30 - 1:00 PM
Website Resources for Professional Growth

Monday, June 24, 12:30 - 1:00 PM
Clinical Tools for Your Daily Practice

Tuesday, June 25, 12:15 - 12:45 PM
Highlights and New Features of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing ( JWOCN)

Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 - 1:30 PM
Clinical Tools for Your Daily Practice
Countdown to WOCNext 2019
Whether you plan to join us in Nashville or  live stream  the event from your home or office, let us know what you're excited about and join in on the countdown fun by tagging us on social media and using the hashtag   #WOCNext2019 .

Don't forget!  Each week leading up to WOCNext 2019 we'll pick random individuals to highlight on our social media pages and award prizes to.

Follow along with our countdown to WOCNext 2019
on all of our social media platforms!
Dates & Deadlines

June 20, 2019

June 23-26, 2019
Need Help Getting to WOCNext 2019?
If you need help demonstrating to your employer the value of attending WOCNext, 
click here to download a sample letter that you can use as a guide when asking your employer for support.
Can't Make it to Nashville?