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Call For Volunteers

Fri, 02/15/2019 12:01
New volunteer opportunities
Volunteer and Enhance Your Professional Development
We are currently looking for members to volunteer for committees and special projects, including abstract review, content validation, peer review, task forces and more.

Even if you do not consider yourself an expert or believe you have sufficient experience to get involved, the WOCN? Society values your knowledge and experience and encourages you to consider volunteering as a way to enhance your professional development. Please note, if you are a current committee member you can still volunteer to serve on a special project.
Thank you for all you do to advance the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy and continence care needs.
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WOCNext News: What Do You Love About WOCNext

Fri, 02/15/2019 10:21
Open for the latest news and information about WOCNext 2019
February 14, 2019
What Do You Love About WOCNext?
Between our modern event branding, brand-new education themes, varied session lengths and additional time with exhibitors, there's so much to love about WOCNext 2019!

This Valentine's Day, share the love with us and be entered to win a WOCN Society branded giveaway, including: a long sleeve shirt (size large only), blanket, phone screen cleaner, luggage tag, band aids & holder, pin, pens, patch and a poster!

Whether you plan to join us in Nashville or live stream the event from your home or office, we want to hear from you.
Here are 3 ways to enter:

1. Like this Facebook post and comment what you love about or what you're looking forward to the most about WOCNext 2019, OR

2. Like this Instagram post and comment what you love about or what you're looking forward to the most about WOCNext 2019, OR

3. Email share@wocn.org and tell us what you love about or what you're looking forward to the most about WOCNext 2019.

One random winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, February 19. You must be an individual within the contiguous United States to win.
Build an Event Experience You'll Love
Are you ready to build an event experience you'll love? Take a look at our event schedule and add these popular sessions to your list:
Monday, June 24: 8:40-9:40 AM
CEU Credits: 1


This session will aim to explore strategies for early control and diversion of fistulas to limit overall wound burden, as well as bridging strategies to de-escalate complex wound dressings toward more accessible options as patients graduate to outpatient wound care. Learn more.
Wednesday, June 26: 9:10-10:10 AM
CEU Credits:1


The purpose of this session is to bring important information to light regarding high output ostomies, patient burden and healthcare cost increases and to provide the clinician with strategic interventions to, most importantly, keep our patients safe, but also keep health care costs down. Learn more.
Tuesday, June 25: 10:20-10:50 AM
CEU Credits: 0.5

This presentation will focus on role of the pelvic floor in maintaining urinary and fecal continence. Learn more.
Tuesday, June 25: 10:50-11:20 AM
CEU Credits: 0.5

This presentation will provide a broad review of current scientific evidence related to the role of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) training in the management of urinary and fecal incontinence. Learn more.
3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety
Apply for the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety for a chance to be awarded a complimentary trip to WOCNext 2019.

The submission deadline is Monday, March 4, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET.

How to Apply:
The 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety is funded by an unrestricted grant from 3M.
Dates & Deadlines
May 3, 2019

May 27, 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.
Discover Nashville's Neighborhoods
Learn more about Nashville's unique neighborhoods by browsing this fun, interactive map and plotting out your very own tour of Nashville.
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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Need a Valentine's Idea for that Special WOC Nurse in Your Life?

Wed, 02/13/2019 15:11
Share the Love this Valentine's Day
 
Still searching for
the perfect token
of appreciation for that special WOC nurse in your life?

A little love goes a long way
Valentine?s Day isn't just about love between individuals in relationships. It's also about appreciating love in all its forms.

WOC nurses give love to others every day . Show your love and appreciation for WOC nurses by donating to the Fund the Future campaign . Your gift will provide funding for future WOC nurses as they seek additional education to grow their knowledge and advance their careers.

Each donation, big or small, makes a huge difference by helping WOC nurses to serve more individuals living with wound, ostomy and continence care needs all around the world.

Pass Your Certification Exam With These Resources

Thu, 02/07/2019 13:41
Certification and Recertification Review
Voluntarily pursuing certification or recertification in wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nursing is an important step in the process of ensuring the delivery of consistent, quality healthcare and improving patient outcomes.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society ?  (WOCN ? ) has several excellent clinical resources led by leaders in WOC nursing to help you prepare for your certification or recertification exam.
Wound Care Certification Review Course
This course will prepare individuals to sit for the WOCNCB wound certification exam. The focus of this course is on test taking strategies. A number of practice questions and test scenarios will be used to review key content areas.

Speaker : Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, FAAN

WOCN Member price : $60.00
Non-member price : $80.00
Ostomy Care Certification Review Course
This course will prepare individuals to sit for the WOCNCB ostomy certification exam. Topics addressed during this session include common ostomy types and alternate procedures, including their indications and management, and case studies to demonstrate real world applications.

Speaker : Paula Erwin-Toth, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS, FAAN

WOCN Member price : $60.00
Non-member price : $80.00
Continence Care Certification Review Course
This course will provide an overview of continence content for CWOCN, CCCN and CCCN-AP certification examinations. Topics addressed during this session include urinary and fecal incontinence pathophysiology, assessment and management, and includes a content outline of the exam itself.

Speaker : Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN

WOCN Member price : $60.00
Non-member price : $80.00
JWOCN Collections: Getting Ready for Certification
The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing ( JWOCN ) has collections of evidence-based research articles on hot topics, including special collections to get you ready to sit for the wound, ostomy, continence and foot care certification exams.
Additional Exam Preparation Resources
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification Board (WOCNCB ? ) website has additional exam preparation resources.
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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.

Rock The Vote

Thu, 02/07/2019 13:36
Open to Vote for the WOCN Society's Election
If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to vote in the WOCN ? Society's Annual Election by Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET. You may only vote once. Once you cast your ballot, you cannot change your vote.

This important election will determine the President-Elect position, two Director positions, two Nominating Committee members, and the 2019 WOCN Society's Bylaws Amendments.
VOTING INSTRUCTIONS
  • Click here to enter the online secure voting system.
  • Enter your Voter ID: Error. Please Contact WOCN at info@wocn.org.
  • (Copy and paste this Voter ID into the election site. The dashes are part of the Voter ID. Make sure there are no spaces before or after the Voter ID in the election site.)
  • Read each candidate's profiles. Make sure to click "View Info" to read their full profiles.
  • Select the candidate(s) of your choice.
  • Select whether you approve or deny the proposed WOCN Society's Bylaws amendments as a whole.
  • Press the "Cast Your Ballot" button located at the bottom of the page.
  • Once you have cast your ballot, a confirmation message will appear on your screen.
Thank you for participating in the 2019 election! If you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties, please contact the National Office at info@wocn.org or 888.224.9626.
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WOCNow: New Ostomy Bite-Sized Learning CE Course

Thu, 02/07/2019 11:50
WOCNow Newsletter--Open For More Info
February 6, 2019 
Cast Your Ballot for the WOCN Election
The WOCN Society's Annual Election will end on March 6, 2019. Please cast your ballot if you have not already done so.

This important election will determine the following:
  • President-Elect position
  • TWO Director positions
  • TWO Nominating Committee members
  • The 2019 WOCN Society's Bylaws Amendments
WOCN Full members, Retired members and Lifetime members are eligible to vote and should have received an election email on Monday, February 4. If you did not receive this email, or if you are unsure of your unique Voter ID #, please contact the WOCN National Office at info@wocn.org.
NEW Ostomy Bite-Sized CE Course
Bite-sized learning CE courses break down important WOC nursing information in 30-minutes or less.

Jennifer Turner, MSN-Ed, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, CWOCN
0.32 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
Share the Love this Valentine's Day
By their very nature, nurses give love and compassion to others every day. This Valentine's Day, share the love by donating a gift to the Fund the Future campaign in honor of a WOC nurse who has positively impacted your life.

Your tax-deductible gift will support educational funding for nurses who are beginning their journey into the WOC nursing specialty and is a meaningful way to show your love and appreciation for that special WOC nurse in your life.
Nominate a Colleague
for the Future is Bright Award
The Future is Bright Award recognizes a new WOC nurse who exemplifies the scope of the WOC nursing as defined in the WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition.

We encourage all members* to submit a nomination by Tuesday, March 5, 2019. This is a great way to recognize one of your peers who is new to their WOC nursing role.

The award recipient will receive compensation to offset expenses to attend WOCNext 2019 in Nashville and will be presented with the award during the opening session awards ceremony.
Learn Evidence-Based Healthcare?
Strategies at WOCNext
Don't miss WOCNext in Nashville. This event is designed to equip you with evidence-based strategies to face challenging issues that span across specialties, care settings and patient populations.

WOCNext will provide you with an enhanced experience including:
  • Interactive sessions with live polling and speaker Q&A via a smartphone or tablet.
  • Varied educational formats in 30, 60, and 90-minute sessions. View the event schedule.
  • One-on-one appointments with exhibitors for increased product knowledge. View the Exhibit Hall Floor Plan.
  • Enriched networking opportunities to meet WOC practitioners and researchers who work with diverse patient populations in various practice settings.
Save up to $50 on registration fees before May 3.
The 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety recognizes an individual or team for creating and sustaining a successful skin damage prevention program that demonstrates positive clinical outcomes, teamwork and knowledge transfer.

The Society will award the winning program with a complimentary trip to WOCNext 2019. An individual or up to four members of the winning team will be invited to attend the conference, with the award covering conference registration, airfare and lodging.
Dates & Deadlines
WOCN Election Ends
March 6, 2019, 11:59 pm ET

March 6, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 27, 2019

June 23-26, 2019
Nashville, TN
New WOCTalk Episode
Episode 9 of WOCTalk, A Unique Approach to Neonatal Wound Care, is now available.

In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Stephanie Furtado, BScN, RN, ET MClScWH, SWO, to discuss her unique approach to a micropreemie patient born at just 24 weeks. Stephanie outlined her approach within her merit award winning poster at the WOCN Society?s 50th Annual Conference in 2018.
Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
JWOCN Collection
The JWOCN Incontinence Associated Dermatitis collection of articles contains resources designed to define and describe the characteristics of this disorder, to distinguish it from pressure ulcers, and to provide evidence based guidelines for prevention and treatment.
Certification Review Courses
 
Courses presented by leaders in WOC nursing to help your prepare for your certification or re-certification exams.

Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, FAAN
2.52 Contact Hours

Paula Erwin-Toth, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS, FAAN
2.57 Contact Hours

Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
2.38 Contact Hours
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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The Future of WOC Nursing Looks Bright

Fri, 02/01/2019 09:57
Nominate Someone for the Future is Bright Award
The WOCN? Society is proud to once again present the Future is Bright Award. This award recognizes a new WOC nurse who exemplifies the scope of the WOC nursing as defined in the WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition.

We encourage all members* to submit a nomination by Tuesday, March 5, 2019, to recognize a new WOC nurse as a shining star in the specialty!

The recipient will receive compensation to offset expenses to attend the WOCNext event in Nashville, from June 23-26, 2019, and will be presented with the award during the opening session awards ceremony.
*Current members of the WOCN Society's Board of Directors and members of the Award Review Panel are not eligible to nominate an individual.
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Things To Do In Nashville During WOCNext 2019

Fri, 02/01/2019 09:25
Explore All That Nashville Has To Offer
Will you be joining us in Nashville for WOCNext 2019? After scheduled educational activities, get to know the heart of the city and experience all that Nashville has to offer! Here are some fun things to do during your stay.
The Grand Ole Opry
You can't truly experience Music City until you visit the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most famous music venues in the US. Catch a dynamic lineup of artists, or take a tour to learn about the people, places, and stories behind the show that made country music famous. Learn more.
Flavors of Nashville
Want a unique Nashville staple? Try some hot chicken or barbecue. Not a meat eater? There are many vegetarian- and/or vegan-friendly restaurants. Check out the variety of Southern cuisine and everything in between Nashville's food scene.                                                                                     
Nashville Nightlife
Want a classic Nashville night? Head out to Honky Tonk Highway to enjoy live music, delicious food, cold drinks and a whole lot of Nashville charm. Learn more about nightlife in Nashville.
Nashville Shores
Beat the summer heat at Nashville Shores, a world-class family-friendly water park with a gigantic water pool, multiple water slides, a lazy river, a beautiful beach, lake cruises, zip lining and more.  Learn more.
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WOCNow: Did You Miss Our Ostomy Webinars? Watch Them On Demand

Thu, 01/17/2019 09:44
WOCNow Newsletter
January 16, 2019
Vote in the Annual Election
The WOCN Society's Annual Election is now underway.

This important election will determine the following:
  • President-Elect position
  • TWO Director positions
  • TWO Nominating Committee members
  • The 2019 WOCN Society's Bylaws Amendments
WOCN Full members, Retired members and Lifetime members are eligible to vote and should have received an email containing a link to the election site on Friday, January 11. If you did not receive this email, please contact the WOCN National Office at info@wocn.org.

Another email containing a link to the election site will be sent out within the next week.
On Demand Ostomy Education
Did you miss any of the 2018 webinars focused on ostomy education?

No worries! You can now view the content on demand for free at any time in the Webcasts section of the Continuing Education Center (CEC).

Please note that there is no CE attached to on demand webinars.
Register for WOCNext
Join us in Nashville for WOCNext 2019! Register now for the full event and save up to $50 on registration fees. Don't delay, registration fees will increase after May 3.

Renew your membership before REGISTERING! 
Please make sure that your WOCN membership is up to date before beginning the registration process. This will ensure that you receive the correct savings and a smooth registration experience. Click here to update your WOCN membership.
Want to be awarded a complimentary trip to WOCNext 2019? Learn more about the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety to see if you qualify.
Congratulations South Central Region!
The Fund the Future Region and Affiliate Contest has ended.

Congratulations to the South Central Region for being the highest contributing Region for the Fund the Future contest!

Thank you to everyone who donated to help fund the future of WOC nurses and the specialty. Your gifts are so greatly appreciated and will make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve!

Just because the contest has ended doesn't mean you can't contribute. Help grow the the specialty of WOC nursing by donating at foundation.wocn.org.
Fall 2018 Scholarship Recipients
The WOCN Society offers a scholarship program through the WOCN Society Foundation, which raises, maintains and disseminates monies and is accountable for the funding of awards. Twice a year, scholarships are awarded to deserving individuals who are committed to working in the specialty practice of wound, ostomy, or continence nursing.

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2018 WOCN Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

Advanced Scholarship
Erika Hefke
Autumn Simms
Molly Stetzer
Cecilia Zamarripa

Accredited Scholarship
Adam Boroughs
Amy Cutshaw
Tina Ramus
Singchia Sexton
Christina Talmage
Wendy Worden

For the complete list of past recipients, please click here.
Dates & Deadlines
WOCN Election Ends
March 6, 2019, 11:59 pm ET

May 3, 2019

May 27, 2019

June 23-26, 2019
Nashville, TN
New WOCTalk Episode

In this episode, we sit down with co-authors of the Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers, a resource document that addresses answers to some of the most asked questions that people ask about the care of a stoma and the skin around the stoma.

Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
Open Access Article
Check out the new open access article, Alternating Pressure Overlay for Prevention of Intraoperative Pressure Injury, published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing ( JWOCN) January/February 2019 issue.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a low-profile alternating pressure (AP) overlay system on hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs).

This article is open for everyone to view, even if you do not have a subscription to the JWOCN. Share this article with your colleagues.
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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Early Bird Pricing Available for a Limited Time

Mon, 01/14/2019 12:31
Save on Registration Fees
Register now for the full event and save up to $50 on registration fees!
Don't wait. Registration fees will increase after May 3.
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Vote in the WOCN Society's Election

Fri, 01/11/2019 11:54
Open to Cast Your Ballot
Full, Retired and Lifetime members of the WOCN? Society are eligible to vote in the 2019 WOCN Society's Annual Election. This important election will determine the President-Elect position, two Director positions, two Nominating Committee members, and the 2019 WOCN Society's Bylaws Amendments.

We strongly encourage you, as a valued member, to exercise your right to vote by Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 11:59 pm ET. You may only vote once. Once you cast your ballot, you cannot change your vote.
VOTING INSTRUCTIONS
  • Click here to enter the online secure voting system.
  • Enter your unique Voter ID. If you don't know your unique Voter ID, please Contact WOCN at info@wocn.org.
  • Read each candidate's profiles. Make sure to click "View Info" to read their full profiles.
  • Select the candidate(s) of your choice.
  • Select whether you approve or deny the proposed WOCN Society's Bylaws amendments as a whole.
  • Press the "Cast Your Ballot" button located at the bottom of the page.
  • Once you have cast your ballot, a confirmation message will appear on your screen.
Thank you for participating in the 2019 election! If you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties, please contact the National Office at info@wocn.org or 888.224.9626.
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Win a Trip to Nashville

Tue, 01/08/2019 14:55
3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety
The WOCN? Society and 3M are once again partnering to present the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety, which recognizes an individual or team for creating and sustaining a successful skin damage prevention program that demonstrates positive clinical outcomes, teamwork and knowledge transfer.

The winning program will be awarded a complimentary trip to WOCNext, the WOCN Society's annual conference, in Nashville from June 23-26, 2019. An individual, or up to four members of the winning team, will be invited to attend the event. The award will cover the expenses of event registration, airfare and housing.
AWARD ELIGIBILITY
  • Certified wound care nurses (CWCN or CWOCN).
  • Members in good standing of the WOCN Society.
  • Individuals (or teams up to four people) who are 21 years of age or older, and are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
For the complete list of eligibility requirements, click here.
The submission deadline is Monday, March 4, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET
The 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety is funded by an unrestricted grant from 3M.
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Registration for WOCNext 2019 is Open!

Mon, 01/07/2019 16:27
Check out the event schedule and register today
EARLY BIRD PRICING
Register online by May 3, 2019, to receive Early Bird Pricing! You can register for one day or for the full event. Click here to register.

HOUSING
Reserve your hotel room(s) by Monday, May 27, 2019, to receive the group discount. Click here to make your hotel reservations.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Learn about emerging healthcare trends in wellness, symptom science, quality and clinical care innovations from industry experts. Now offering sessions in 30, 60, and 90-minute time slots. Click here to view the event schedule.
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WOCNow: New Year, New Educational Opportunities

Thu, 01/03/2019 09:45
WOCNow Newsletter
January 2, 2019
What's New This Year?
Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for a new year filled with educational opportunities to help advance your career.

Want to know what's coming in 2019?  Here's a few things you can expect from the WOCN Society this year:
  • Guideline for Management of Wounds in Patients with Lower-Extremity Venous Disease
  • Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide
  • Online CE Course for the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Clinicians
  • WOCNext conference in Nashville
You can get a sneak peek at these educational initiatives in the 2018 Year in Review.
Get Ready to Register for WOCNext
Registration and housing for WOCNext in Nashville will be available starting January 7 at wocnext.org. Mark your calendars!

Renew your membership before REGISTERING! 
Please make sure that your WOCN membership is up to date before beginning the registration process. This will ensure that you receive the correct savings and a smooth registration experience. Click here to update your WOCN membership.
Ostomy CE Course Expiring SOON
The following ostomy CE course is going to expire this month. Complete this course to learn and earn nursing contact hours before it is no longer available online!

Speaker: Cindi Mosher, MSN, RN, ANP
Contact Hours: 1.02
Expiration Date: 1/8/19
Member Price: FREE
Non-member Price: $25.00

View all CE courses featured in the Continuing Education Center (CEC).
Updated Ostomy Documents
Two updated best practice documents are now available to view in the WOCN Document Library under the ostomy section. Utilize these documents to better care for people living with an ostomy.
The  Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patient and Health Care Providers answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the care of a stoma and the skin around the stoma. Although this document was created with the consumer in mind, it may also be helpful for clinicians as a teaching tool. This is an updated version to the 2012 document.
Catheterization of an Ileal or Colon Conduit Stoma: Best Practice for Clinicians provides a quick and easy resource for correct technique with, and without, use of a catheter. Included at the end of this document is the Urostomy Urine Sample Collection Instruction Card, which provides instructions for a patient to provide to the person collecting the urine specimen. This is an updated version to the 2012 document.
Dates & Deadlines
Opens January 7

Opens January 7

WOCN Election
Opens January 9

June 23-26
Nashville, TN
New WOCTalk Episode

Subscribe so you never miss a new episode!
Popular JWOCN Articles from 2018
Check out these two popular JWOCN articles of 2018. These articles are open access so you can view them for free, even if you don't have subscription.


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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WOCNext News: Get Ready to Register for WOCNext 2019

Wed, 01/02/2019 15:02
Open for the latest news and information about WOCNext 2019
December 27, 2018
Ready, Set, Register
 
It's almost time to register for WOCNext 2019! Registration will open on  Monday, January 7, 2019 .

The event this year will be an experience for each attendee, providing a diverse lineup of sessions and speakers, networking events, industry knowledge and so much more.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for registration:

  • Renew your WOCN membership BEFORE registering to ensure you receive the correct savings and have a smooth registration experience. Click here to update your WOCN membership now.
  • You can SAVE by registering by May 3, 2019!
  • Everyone can register online?you can now submit all your information online and send in a check payment at the end of your registration process, if needed.

Other important information:
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  • Don?t forget to make your hotel reservations in addition to registering for WOCNext 2019. Here's what you need to know about hotels in Nashville.
Thank You to Our 2018
?Exhibitors & Supporters!
As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the exhibitors and supporters who joined us this year and helped make the WOCN Society's 50th Annual Conference one of our most successful events yet!

The Society would like to acknowledge the following strategic supporters for assisting the organization in advancing the practice and guiding the delivery of expert health care to our patients.
Diamond Level
HOLLISTER INCORPORATED

Platinum Level
3M HEALTH CARE
COLOPLAST CORP.
DOMTAR PERSONAL CARE
KCI, AN ACELITY COMPANY
SMITH & NEPHEW

Gold Level
CONVATEC INC.

Silver Level
BRUIN BIOMETRICS LLC
HILL-ROM
MEDLINE INDUSTRIES, INC.
M?LNLYCKE HEALTH CARE
STRYKER / SAGE PRODUCTS

Bronze Level
B. BRAUN MEDICAL INC.

Want to see who's joining us in Nashville? Click here to view an updated Exhibit Hall floor plan to see who has secured their spot for WOCNext 2019!
Dates & Deadlines
January 7, 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline
May 3, 2019
What's Happening in Nashville
?
With so much going on in Nashville--from arts and music to history and family fun--there's an event for every day and every guest.

Click here to browse the Events Calendar to start planning ideas for your time in Nashville!
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

Thank You For A Great 2018--Wishing You A Happy 2019

Mon, 12/31/2018 10:13
Happy New Year
2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the WOC nursing specialty and the union of the WOCN ? Society. We would not have reached these significant milestones without the dedication and support from our valued members and volunteers.

We have spent the last year building a strong foundation for future WOC nursing generations through advocacy, research and educational opportunities. You can read all about the various initiatives in the 2018 Year in Review. Plus, get a sneak peek into what is coming in 2019, including a new evidence-and-consensus-based clinical tool on body worn absorbent products.

Thank you for your dedication to the WOC nursing specialty and for helping us contribute to an extraordinary year. We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and Happy New Year!
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Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season

Fri, 12/21/2018 15:41
May your days be merry and bright
Wishing you Happy Holidays
and a season filled with cheer and joy!
Sincerely,
WOCN ? Society Board of Directors

Want to Decrease Delays in Care?

Fri, 12/21/2018 10:15
Implement the WTA and OCA Programs
Increase Access to Care
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 WTA and OCA clinicians act as WOC nurse extenders allows 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.
WTA and OCA clinicians are not meant to replace the WOC nurse, but to work in coordination with the WOC nurse to decrease delays in care. When a WOC nurse is not available, WTA and OCA clinicians can be 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.

?The WTA and OCA Programs can bring nurses, bedside clinicians, physicians, physical therapists and technicians together to shape the future of wound care and ostomy care across all health care settings.
Benefits for the Facility

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.

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
STAY CONNECTED
Questions? Call the National Office at 888.224.WOCN (9626) or email info@wocn.org

Do You Understand Medicare Part B "Incident To" Billing?

Thu, 12/20/2018 15:08
WOCNow Newsletter
December 19, 2018
Thank You For Your Support!
As 2018 comes to a close, we want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to our members and industry supporters. This year, we celebrated and honored the 50th anniversary of the WOC nursing specialty. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the practice.

The celebration of the 50th Anniversary doesn't have to end yet! You can still share your favorite memories on social media by using the hashtag #WOCN50.
New Clinical Documents Available
There are two new documents available to view in the WOCN Document Library.
Reimbursement Opportunities for WOC Nursing Services: Medicare Part B "Incident To" Services Policy: A Fact Sheet aims to help WOC Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and other WOC nurses who provide care in various clinical settings understand the Medicare Part B "incident to" billing. This is a members-only document so make sure you are signed into the member-center before viewing this document.

This is an updated document to the 2011 Understanding Medicare Part B Incident to Billing: A Fact Sheet.
The Role of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse in Continence Care provides important information regarding the unique clinical skills and professional role of continence care in various care settings.

This is an updated document to the 2009 version of the Role of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse or Continence Care Nurse in Continence Care.
How Can We Improve Our Education?
We are committed to providing high quality education that helps WOC nurses and allied health professionals increase their competency levels and advance their careers.

We want to hear from YOU. Tell us how we can better meet your nursing educational needs by completing the educational needs assessment survey by Friday, January 4, 2019.

If you are WOCN member, please complete this survey.

If you are not a member, please complete this survey.

The survey is completely anonymous and will take about five minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your time.
Get Ready to Register for WOCNext
Honor WOC Nurses This Holiday Season
Are you a WOC nurse and want to thank a mentor who helped you along your journey? Have you received life-changing care from a WOC nurse and want to thank him or her?

In lieu of a gift this holiday season, consider donating a gift of gratitude to Fund the Future in honor of an extraordinary WOC nurse who has touched and impacted your life. Your tax-deductible gift supports the future generation of certified WOC nurses and is a meaningful way to show your appreciation.
Dates & Deadlines
Happy Holidays!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and a healthy and Happy New Year!
New WOCTalk Episode

In this episode, we sit down with WTA and OCA Course Coordinators to showcase approaches to integrating the WTA and OCA programs into your practice.

Subscribe so you never miss a new episode!

Learn more about the WTA Program and the OCA Program.
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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Honoring Caregivers this Holiday Season

Tue, 12/18/2018 11:08
Help Grow the Future of WOC Nursing
Give Back to the WOC Nursing Specialty this Holiday Season!
The WOCN? Society seeks to raise and disseminate funding for educational and research activities related to wound, ostomy and continence nursing. By ?funding the future?, the WOCN Society is able to create and grow a lasting network of certified WOC nurses, generate a heightened awareness of the WOC specialty and further advance the quality of life for the patients that we serve. However, to do so we need your help.
Honoring Caregivers This Holiday Season

Are you a WOC nurse and want to thank a mentor who helped you along your journey? Have you received life-changing care from a WOC nurse and want to thank him or her? In lieu of a gift this holiday season, consider donating a gift of gratitude to Fund the Future in honor of an extraordinary WOC nurse who has touched and impacted your life. Your tax-deductible gift supports the future generation of certified WOC nurses and is a meaningful way to show your appreciation.
Your gift will provide funding for future WOC nurses as they seek additional education to grow their knowledge and advance their careers.
Post about your gift on social media and connect with other donors using the hashtag #FundtheFuture.
Each donation makes a huge difference by helping us to serve more people living with wound, ostomy and continence care needs.