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NEW Online Ostomy Course

Thu, 08/08/2019 10:07
Fistula Management: Returning the Patient's Freedom
New Continuing Education Course!
Fistula Management: Returning the
?Patient's Freedom
Speaker: Judith Landis Erdman, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Contact Hours: 0.89
Pharmacology Credits: 0.06
Course Overview:
Patients with fistulae have often felt restricted in their ability to socialize and perform activities of daily living due to inadequate containment or restrictive systems. Fistulae containment options will be presented which allows patients the freedom to resume daily activities. Pouching techniques, devices, and the use of Negative Pressure Therapy in the management of fistulae will be discussed.

Learning Objective:
The learner will be able to choose and apply a secure fistula management system that provides the patient with the freedom to perform daily activities of living.
WOCN? Society members have free access to this course! Not a member? Join now to take this course and earn credits for free!
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WOCNow: Congratulations Spring WOCN Foundation ?Scholarship Winners! Fall Scholarships Now Open

Thu, 08/08/2019 09:11
WOCNow Newsletter
August 7, 2019
Congratulations Spring
?WOCN Foundation Scholarship Winners!
Congratulations to the following 2019 Spring WOCN Foundation Scholarship Winners:

Alessandra Brazell- Accredited Scholarship
Kimberly Eisenbarth- Accredited Scholarship
Priyanka Gandh- Accredited Scholarship
Michelle Gehring- Accredited Scholarship
April McCarty- Accredited Scholarship
Amy Menegay- Accredited Scholarship
Brent Reel- Accredited Scholarship
Christine Shettler- Accredited Scholarship
Margaret Smart- Accredited Scholarship
Jennifer Weiser- Accredited Scholarship
Applications for the Fall WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program are now being accepted!

Accredited Educational Scholarship
This scholarship is open to nurses who are accepted into a WOCN Accredited Educational Program.

Advanced Education Scholarship Program
This scholarship is open to board certified WOC nurses who wish to obtain a higher degree (Baccalaureate, Master's or Doctoral Degree, or NP Certificate).
Want to learn more?  Listen to the WOCTalk podcast episode " The WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC Nurses ," in which we sit down with Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN, the current Chair of the WOCN Society Scholarship Committee to discuss her career, her role as the Chair and the WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC nurses, and she gives very helpful suggestions for submitting a successful application.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, November 1, 2019.
Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide--
?Now Available in Spanish!
The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers  is an easy to use, mobile tool that provides basic guidance for teens and adults living with an ostomy. It is designed to help identify common skin problems, provide next steps for care or management and appropriately prompt individuals to seek care or support from a WOC nurse or Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence. Share this tool with your patients today to help them take control of their skin health!
Join Us for a Two-Part Webinar Series
?and Earn Two FREE Contact Hours + Pharmacology Credit!
Join us on August 14th for the webinar " Nutrition and Hydration Management of the Individual with a High Output Stoma ," presented by Mary Arnold-Long , DNP, APRN, CRRN, CWOCN-AP, ACNS-BC, and Carol Rees Parrish , MS, RD.
The purpose of this webinar is to provide clinicians with tools to develop individual treatment plans in order to maximize hydration and nutrition absorption, and in so doing, prevent kidney injury and improve quality of life for these patients. Learn More.
Join us on August 28th for the webinar " Pharmacological Management of the Individual with a High Output Stoma ," presented by Mary Arnold-Long , DNP, APRN, CRRN, CWOCN-AP, ACNS-BC, and Matt Widanski , PharmD
The purpose of this webinar is to provide the clinician with tools to develop plans for pharmacological management to support nutrition and hydration management (discussed in the August 14th Webinar) to aid with output management to prevent dehydration, to prevent kidney injury, and to improve the quality of life for these patients. Learn more.

Registration is free for both the August 14th and August 28th webinars, but you must register for each individual session to participate. This two-part webinar series is supported by B. Braun Medical.
Dates & Deadlines
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest episode of WOCTalk: Meet the President
On this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN. At the conclusion of the WOCNext 2019 event this past June, Stephanie was sworn in as the newest President of the WOCN Society.

Listen in to learn more about the personal and professional life of the 22nd President of the WOCN Society, what she is looking forward to as the newest President of the WOCN Society and her tips for new WOC nurses and those looking for volunteer opportunities on a national level.

Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
View WOCNext 2019 Sessions Online
If you attended WOCNext 2019, use the Library Pass to watch sessions and earn 3 Contact Hours for free!
?Access instructions are on the back of the Library Pass and were also emailed to attendees on July 22. 

If you attended the event and did not receive an email, please contact info@wocn.org .
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 resumes in the anonymous database. 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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Nursing Scholarship Opportunity Available

Fri, 08/02/2019 08:47
Apply Online Today
Now Accepting Fall Scholarship Applications
Advanced Educational Scholarship

The Advanced Education Program is a scholarship award program that offers financial aid to offset the costs of a Master?s or Doctoral Degree or NP Certificate. Scholarship applicants must hold a current certification from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB?) to apply.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline date of November 1, 2019 .

Application Requirements:
  • Seeking a Master?s or Doctoral Degree or Nurse Practitioner Certificate.
  • Proof of a current, unrestricted RN license.
  • Active member of the WOCN? Society.
  • Proof of certification by the WOCNCB in one or more areas of WOC nursing.
  • Proof of current or previous employment as a wound, ostomy and/or continence nurse for three years during the last five years.
  • Proof of current enrollment, acceptance, or completion/graduation (within three months of completion/graduation) from an NLN accredited nursing program/course, or other accredited college and/or university program/course for non-nursing degrees.
  • Complete application.
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation from professional associates who have known the applicant for at least one year (one from current employer, preferred).
  • Has not received an educational scholarship award from the WOCN Society Foundation in the last three years.
Please share this information with anyone who you think would benefit from an Advanced Educational Scholarship.
Listen to the WOCTalk podcast episode " The WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC Nurses, " in which we sit down with Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN, the current Chair of the WOCN Society Scholarship Committee to discuss her career, her role as the Chair and the WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC nurses, and she gives very helpful suggestions for submitting a successful application.

High Output Stoma Webinar Series

Fri, 07/26/2019 08:37
Register Now
Join Us on August 14th & 28th
and Earn Two FREE Contact Hours
The purpose of this webinar is to provide the clinician with tools to develop individual treatment plans in order to maximize hydration and nutrition absorption, and in so doing, prevent kidney injury and improve quality of life for these patients. 
 
?
The purpose of this webinar is to provide the clinician with tools to develop plans for pharmacological management to support nutrition and hydration management (discussed in the August 14 Webinar) to aid with output management to prevent dehydration, to prevent kidney injury, and to improve the quality of life for these patients.
 Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the potential complications of high stoma output.
  2. Apply step-by-step interventions to maximize both nutrition and hydration status of the individual with high stoma output. 


?Contact Hour(s):  1.00


 Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply step-by-step Pharmacological interventions to decrease the output from a high output stoma.
  2. Discuss the risk and benefits of select medications used for management of high stoma output.

Contact Hour(s):  1.00, which includes 1.00 hour(s) of pharmacology credit
If you have questions, please contact the National Office at info@wocn.org .
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.

This webinar is supported by a restricted   educational grant from B. Braun Medical. The WOCN?Society does not endorse specific products and services.
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One Week Left to Register: Convex Product Choices to Improve Patient Care

Thu, 07/25/2019 09:40
Webinar: Convex Product Choices to Improve Patient Care
Join Us on July 31st for a FREE Webinar
Market research shows there has been an increased use in convex products. This webinar will discuss the what and when of choosing convex product choices to improve patient care. It will also discuss potential risks and contraindications for using convexity.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Assess need for convexity and understand indications for use
  2. Understand the different convex product options available 
If you have questions, please contact the National Office at info@wocn.org .
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.

This webinar is supported by a restricted   educational grant from ConvaTec. The WOCN ? Society does not endorse specific products and services.
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Latest Issue of WOCN Society In Action--Public Policy & Advocacy Newsletter

Fri, 07/19/2019 08:42
Open for Important Updates
The WOCN? Society In Action is a members-only public policy and advocacy newsletter that highlights the most pressing issues related to the WOC practice and the Society's advocacy efforts.
The Home Health Care
Planning Improvement Act
The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 296), was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) in the Senate. In the House a companion bill (H.R. 2150) was introduced by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Mike Kelly (R-PA). The legislation would authorize nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants to certify home healthcare services for their Medicare patients. Take action now! ?Click here to learn more.  
Lymphedema Treatment Act
Unfortunately, the 115th Session of Congress ended without passage of The Lymphedema Treatment Act. The bill received 366 co-sponsors in the House and 66 co-sponsors in the Senate. On February 14, 2019, The Lymphedema Treatment Act (S.518) was reintroduced in the Senate by Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Todd Young (R-IN). They were joined by 31 original co-sponsors. The House bill (H.R. 1948) has also been reintroduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). The former House champion, Rep. Dave Reichert, retired last year, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky has been one of the co-leads for the past four years. The House and Senate Bill have been reintroduced. Take action now! Click here to learn more.
Regional and Affiliates Grassroots Taskforce
In response to membership requests, the advocacy team has begun work on revamping our advocacy outreach to WOCN region and affiliates. In order to accomplish this goal, we have created three regional and affiliate taskforce groups to complete various objectives.
Click here to learn more.
The Nursing Community Coalition
The WOCN Society is a member of the Nursing Community Coalition which consists of 58 national nursing organizations committed to improving the health and health care of our nation by collaborating to support Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Collectively, the NC represents over one million RNs, APRNs, nurse researchers, nurse faculty, and nursing students. In the past quarter the Nursing Community has provided comments and updates on several issues.  
Click here to learn more.
Access & Care Coalition
The WOCN Society is a member of the Access & Care Coalition. The mission of the Coalition is to counter restricted consumer access to medical supplies under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. The Access & Care Coalition consists of urological and ostomy medical technology suppliers and manufacturers, as well as clinician, physician, and consumer and disability advocates. The Coalition will take action on health policy matters that:
  • Are in the best interests of high-quality care that maximize function and independent living for people with disabilities; and
  • Can provide people with disabilities with their choice of, and access to, the prescribed and medically appropriate urological and ostomy medical technology and supplies. 
Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders
In addition to the efforts taken on by the Society, we have also enjoyed success through our membership in the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders (The Alliance). The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is a nonprofit multidisciplinary trade association of physician medical specialty societies and clinical associations whose mission is to promote quality care and access to products and services for people with wounds through effective advocacy and educational outreach in the regulatory, legislative and public arenas. Through the Alliance, the WOCN Society is able to comment and follow government regulations on multiple fronts and directly impact policy decisions.   Click here to learn more. 

Medicare Competitive Bidding
To date, the Trump Administration has not continued to pursue the expansion of the CB program. It would take new legislation from Congress in order to include urologic and ostomy in the CB program. The WOCN Society has created an evidence-based policy paper which focuses on the impact of competitive bidding and access to care and supplies that will be ready for use if the program does move forward. WOCN staff met with CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Demetrios Kouzoukas late last year to express our concerns with including ostomy products in the CB program. The meeting was organized by the Access & Care Coalition, of which the WOCN Society is a member. Dep. Administrator Kouzoukas stated that ostomy and urologic supplies were not under immediate consideration for inclusion in the CB program.  
WOCNCB? Advocacy Collaboration
On June 8- June 9 Kate Lawrence joined the Wound, Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) in Washington, DC for their Government Relations Committee meeting. During the meeting, Kate presented WOCN?s public policy priorities and activities in an effort to find joint opportunities for the two organizations to work together to fulfill shared goals. The group then attended an advocacy training session at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, followed by a trip to Capitol Hill for meetings with members of the U.S. Senate.
If you have questions regarding any of these issues, please contact:
Chris Rorick, MPH
Director of Government Relations
+1 202-508-6354
Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN
WOCN Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator
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WOCNow: WOCN Society Named ASAE ?Power of A Silver Award Winner

Thu, 07/18/2019 08:38
WOCNow Newsletter
July 17, 2019
WOCN Society? Named ASAE
?Power of A Silver Award Winner
We are pleased to announce that the WOCN Society has been named a Power of A Silver Award winner by The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) .

Each year, ASAE runs a Power of A campaign, which brings attention to the association community?s valuable contributions to society at the local, national and global levels. Through the Power of A Awards, ASAE honors the outstanding accomplishments of associations in the categories of Enriching Lives, Creating a Competitive Workforce, Preparing Society for the Future, Driving Innovation and Making a Better World. The Society was one of 114 entries that the Power of A Awards Judging Committee reviewed in 2019 and one of 24 associations across the United States to be awarded a silver level honor for driving innovation with their digital education initiatives. These initiatives include the Society?s podcast channel, WOCTalk, WOCN Society Clinical tools, rebroadcasted education sessions and bite-sized learning courses. Click here to learn more.
Join Us on July 31st
for a FREE Webinar
Join us on July 31 for the webinar "Convex Product Choices to Improve Patient Care,"  presented by Jill Hammond, BSN, RN, CWOCN, and Donna Sellers, BSN, RN, CWON.
Market research shows there has been an increased use in convex products. This webinar will discuss the what and when of choosing convex product choices to improve patient care. It will also discuss potential risks and contraindications for using convexity.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this educational program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Assess need for convexity and understand indications for use
  2. Understand the different convex product options available 
WOCN Society's Evidence-Based Guidelines Makes Top 10
?In The ECRI Guidelines Trust
After the closure of the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website, the ECRI Institute launched a new online repository of clinical practice guidelines: the ECRI Guidelines Trust?. ECRI?s goal is to serve as the go-to repository of objective, evidence-based clinical practice guideline content, and represent guidelines from nationally- and internationally-recognized healthcare organizations and medical specialty societies. The WOCN Society has two guidelines that met ECRI?s inclusion criteria: 
  • 2016 Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (Injuries)
  • 2014 Guideline for Management of Wounds in Patients with Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease 
Director of ECRI Guidelines Trust, Janice Kaczmarek, informed the Society that the ECRI Guidelines Trust performed an audit of the top 10 Guideline Briefs most viewed during the first 6 months of 2019, and the Society?s 2016 Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (Injuries) was in the top 10. At present, ECRI has nearly 500 Briefs in their inventory. 

Healthcare professionals can register for a free account to access ECRI Guideline Briefs on a variety of topics from national and international organizations. Note that ECRI?s Guideline Briefs include guideline recommendations, but do not include an entire guideline.

All of the Society?s Clinical Practice Guidelines are available from the Society?s bookstore , where the complete guidelines in print and/or the mobile version can be purchased. 

COMING SOON! The Society?s Wound Guidelines Task Force has recently completed an update to the Guideline for Management of Wounds in Patients with Lower-Extremity Venous Disease (LEVD), and it should be available in print of Fall 2019. In addition, the Task Force has started the process to update the Guideline for Management of Wounds in Patients with Lower-Extremity Neuropathic Disease.
UOAA Patient Bill of Rights
?Research Project
UOAA is conducting its first-ever research study to examine components of the UOAA's patient bill of rights and demonstrate best in practice standard guidelines for ostomy care. The data collected will help make improvements to the underserved ostomy population. 

They are seeking voluntary participants to complete their survey and attempting to reach as many clinicians and medical providers as possible. Participation should take approximately 8 minutes. There are no risks or benefits. Your participation in this important research study is greatly appreciated! 
For questions contact UOAA Advocacy Manager at   advocacy@ostomy.org.

Thank you in advance for being a clinical stakeholder in this important study and helping UOAA work towards a gold standard of ostomy care!
Keep an Eye Out for 
WoundSource 2019 in Your Mailbox!
In a few days, you will receive a complimentary copy of  WoundSource? 2019 in the mail.  WoundSource  is the leading product reference guide geared towards health care professionals in the field of wound management. 
WoundSource  (cover price - $89.95) is provided as a free benefit to the entire WOCN Society membership.
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WoundSource  comes to you clinically-reviewed, fully cross-referenced and organized for easy access to wound care products by category, trade name, patient condition or manufacturer. You may also view expanded product information and resources at WoundSource.com .
Dates & Deadlines
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest episode of WOCTalk: The WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC Nurses

On this week?s episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN and discuss her career, her role as the Chair of the WOCN Society Scholarship Committee and the WOCN Foundation Scholarship Program for WOC nurses.

The WOCN Foundation Scholarship Site will reopen for Fall applications on August 1, 2019 and will close on November 1, 2019.  Click here   for additional information.

Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
New Ostomy
?Course Available
Earn 1.01 Contact Hours with this NEW Continuing Education course available in the Society's Continuing Education Center (CEC):
JWOCN Open
?Access Article
The purpose of the article, Examining Prevalence and Risk Factors of Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis Using the International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey is to evaluate prevalence and risk factors of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD).

This just in!
The JWOCN Impact Factor has increased
from 1.586 to 1.627!
WOCNext Library Pass Coming Soon
If you did not get a Library Pass onsite at WOCNext 2019, don't worry! Anyone that registered for WOCNext 2019 will be able to access the free content.

The Library Pass content will be available soon. Look for more information in upcoming Society communications!

New this year: 
earn 3 Contact Hours by accessing select content.
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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Earn 1.01 Contact Hours with This New Ostomy Course

Fri, 07/12/2019 08:55
Complex Pediatric Pouching Problems in Neonatal and Pediatric Ostomy Patients
New Continuing Education Course!
Complex Pediatric Pouching Problems
Speaker: Judith Stellar , MSN, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CWOCN
Contact Hours: 1.01
Program Overview:
Often a consult on a complex neonatal or pediatric ostomy patient can challenge our practice. Using a case scenario approach, this session will outline creative strategies for successful management of difficult ostomies in the neonatal and pediatric population. A brief review of pathophysiology of congenital anomalies of the GI and GU systems will be presented. Pouching techniques as well as pharmacologic interventions to manage high output ostomies in patients with short intestinal length will be discussed. Inventive use and adaptation of products to meet the needs of our littlest patients will also be included.

Learning Objective:
At the completion of this session the learner will be able to outline creative interventions for managing challenging and problematic ostomies in the neonatal and pediatric patient.
WOCN? Society members have free access to this course! Not a member? Join now to take this course and earn credits for free!
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WOCNow: WOCN Society President Featured in USA Today Supplement

Mon, 07/08/2019 09:16
WOCNow Newsletter
July 3, 2019
Check Us Out in USA Today!
We are pleased to announce our partnership with Mediaplanet for their Digestive Health & Wellness campaign, available in USA Today!

Learn about the exciting developments in microbiome research, dietary and lifestyle advice for managing digestive diseases and disorders, the importance of patient-provider relationships, and how thought leaders are fighting stigma and raising awareness for digestive health!

The campaign features a Q&A expert panel with WOCN ? Society Presiden t Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN.

New Board of Directors Members
Congratulations to the newly elected and re-elected members of the Board of Directors that were sworn in on the final day of WOCNext 2019.

President-Elect
Dea Kent, DNP, RN, NP-C, CWOCN

Director
Derik Alexander, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

Director
Diane Bryant, MS, RN, CWOCN
NEW Clinical Tool!
?Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide
The Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide  is an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for selection, use, and evaluation of body worn absorbent products for the management of individuals with urinary and/or fecal incontinence. This algorithm will help to fill the gap in resources available for first-line and WOC specialty practice nurses guiding optimal use of these products.
Join Us on July 31st
for a FREE Webinar
Join us on July 31 for the webinar  "Convex Product Choices to Improve Patient Care,"  presented by Jill Hammond, BSN, RN, CWOCN and Donna Sellers , BSN, RN, CWON
Market research shows there has been an increased use in convex products. This webinar will discuss the what and when of choosing convex product choices to improve patient care. It will also discuss potential risks and contraindications for using convexity.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this educational program, the learner will be able to:
  1. Assess need for convexity and understand indications for use
  2. Understand the different convex product options available 
Members! Earn Free
Contact Hours Through the JWOCN
WOCN members* have full access to the  JWOCN  to view the latest issue or hundreds of archived articles.

Free online Contact Hour credits may be obtained through various educational activities made available via  CEConnection , the journal's education portal. CEConnection features high quality Contact Hour offerings which meet recertification requirements and individual license renewal needs.


*Excludes Allied membership category
Become a WOCNext 2020 Influencer
Want to help promote WOCNext 2020? Sign up to be an event influencer! Give us your info and we'll contact you with various opportunities throughout the year to help us spread the word including: social media takeovers, video messages, podcasts, onsite session recaps and more!  
Wishing you a wonderful and safe Independence day!
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest episode of WOCTalk: Peristomal Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (PMARSI)

On this week?s episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC, to learn about her expertise and her experience leading up to her co-authored manuscript in the March/April issue of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing titled,  Peristomal Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury, Results of an International Consensus Meeting.

This is an open access
article and can be found,

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!
United Ostomy Associations of America National Conference
The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) will hold their 7th National Conference in Philadelphia, PA , from August 6-10, 2019. 
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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Webinar: Convex Product Choices to Improve Patient Care

Wed, 07/03/2019 09:18
Register Now

Join Us on July 31st for a FREE Webinar
Market research shows there has been an increased use in convex products. This webinar will discuss the what and when of choosing convex product choices to improve patient care. It will also discuss potential risks and contraindications for using convexity.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Assess need for convexity and understand indications for use
  2. Understand the different convex product options available 
If you have questions, please contact the National Office at info@wocn.org .
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.

This webinar is supported by a restricted educational grant from ConvaTec. The WOCN? Society does not endorse specific products and services.
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WOCNext News: Thanks for Joining Us at WOCNext 2019. View ePosters, Complete Evaluations and more.

Tue, 07/02/2019 08:55
July 1, 2019
Thanks for Joining Us!
Thank you for attending the inaugural WOCNext event in Nashville! From our first BIG networking event, to our flexible schedule, new themes and enhanced spaces to interact with fellow attendees and exhibitors--we hope you enjoyed everything WOCNext 2019 had to offer. Here's a look at some of our favorite moments from Nashville.
View WOCNext 2019 ePosters
Did you know? You can still view the 70+ ePosters that were presented at WOCNext 2019! 

The ePosters will be available to view online until July 12, 2019.
Complete the WOCNext 2019
?Event Evaluation
Please complete the online WOCNext 2019 event evaluation by July 29, 2019.  Your feedback will help us plan for future events to better serve your professional development needs.

To retrieve your CE certificate, you must complete the following sections of the online evaluation:
  • Demographics
  • Session Evaluations (including posters and ePosters)
  • Overall Evaluation
Log in with your Unique ID as the username. The password is " wocn".
Save the Date for WOCNext 2020!
Want to help promote WOCNext 2020? Sign up to be an event influencer! Give us your info and we'll contact you with various opportunities throughout the year to help us spread the word, including: social media takeovers, video messages, podcasts, onsite session recaps and more!
Dates & Deadlines
Coming Soon!
If you did not get a Library Pass onsite at WOCNext 2019, don't worry!
Anyone that registered for WOCNext will be able to access the free content.

The Library Pass content will be available soon. Look for more information in upcoming Society communications!

New this year: earn 3 Contact Hours by accessing select content.
Handouts Still Available
Session handouts are still available to download.

Log in to MyWOCN with your Badge number then select "View Handouts" and click on any session to download the handouts.
WOCNext 2019
Selfie Contest Winner
Congratulations to Barbara Dale, RN, CWOCN, CHHN, COS-C, our WOCNext 2019 Selfie Contest winner! Barbara will receive free registration to WOCNext 2020 in Cleveland.

Thank you to everyone who participated!
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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info@wocn.org / 888.226.9626 / wocnext.org

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.
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  • 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