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Issue 4 • 2011

Departments

Features

President’s Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Member Benefit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Regional News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Member Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Combat Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Directors Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Public Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Cover Story WOCN ® President, Kate Lawrence, highlights the Society’s achievements over the past few years. Read more about Kate’s take on how far WOCN ® has come on page 2. www.wocn.org

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President’s Letter

Using Challenges and Change to Promote the Possibilities Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN President, WOCN® The winds of Mother Nature have been busy of late here in New England. First, Hurricane Irene, blowing in with her devastating volumes of rain and then before Halloween, snow in excess! These times of inconvenience and uncontrollable alterations in the normal routine of life, helped spurn new efforts of collaboration, co-operation, . and community to navigate an ever-changing world. These lessons from nature have influenced many of us personally over the last few years. The same lessons apply

to our professional organization as we are constantly engaged in building, adapting, and provisioning for change in the business of health care. In an effort to stay focused on our Mission, Purpose, and Vision, the Society continuously engages in strategic planning . to leverage our goals with . the dynamic environment around us.

Taking Stock of our Strengths

This fall the WOCN® Society board of directors, committee chairs, journal editor, legislative

WOCN ® Bulletin Board: WOCN ® Society’s 44 th Annual Conference Registration/Housing Opens January 9, 2012 CCI Call for Research Proposals January 30, 2012 WOCN ® Society’s 44th Annual Conference June 9 - 13, 2012

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consultant, educational director, and staff gathered to evaluate and prioritize our strategic initiatives for the last year of our 2009-2012 Strategic Plan. To prepare for the analysis of how to garner our budget and resources for the upcoming final year, we assessed the completed work for 20092011. The final list of products, initiatives, and operational accomplishments is a credit . to the committees, their . chairs, WOCN® staff, and WOCN® leadership. Without the assistance of over 300 volunteers, these works could never have been successfully brought to fruition. As President, I thank all of . you engaged in the success . of the Society! Please click here to read the WOCN® Society’s Recent Achievements Presentation. Continued on next page


WOCN® Society Board and Committee Chairs Board

Committee Chairs

President 2011 – 2013 Kathleen G. Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN Rutland, Vt. etnurse@rrmc.org

Accreditation Committee Jody Scardillo, MS, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN Albany, N.Y. s4392521@capital.net

President-Elect 2011 – 2013 Phyllis T. Kupsick, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN Albemarle, N.C. phylliskupsick@carolina.rr.com

Continence Committee Laurie Callan, MSN, RN, ARNP, CWOCN Clinton, Iowa llcallan@msn.com

Secretary 2011 – 2012 Mary Arnold-Long, MSN, RN, CRRN, CWOCN-AP, ACNS-BC North Charleston, SC skinhorse2011@hotmail.com

Development Committee Laurie L. McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN Greensboro, N.C. mcnichol@triad.rr.com

Treasurer 2010 – 2012 Ben Peirce, BA, RN, CWOCN Plantation, Fla. benjamin.peirce@gentiva.com Immediate Past President, 2011-2012 Phyllis Bonham, PhD, MSN, RN, CWOCN, DPNAP, FAAN Mt. Pleasant, SC pbonham1@comcast.net

Directors 2010 – 2012 Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN Detroit, Mich. bauerc@karmanos.org 2011 – 2013 Mary Jo Conley, BSN, RN, CWOCN Hackensack, N.J. mjc998@comcast.net 2011 – 2013 Jennifer Gavin-Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN Fremont, Calif. Jennifer.B.Hess@kp.org

Education Committee Shawneen Schmitt, MSN, MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN Menomonee Falls, Wis. sschmitt@communitymemorial.com Marketing and . Communications Committee Diane Maydick Youngberg, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN New York, N.Y. drm9016@nyp.org Membership Committee Barbara Dale, RN-BC, CWOCN, CHHN Livingston, Tenn. bdale@qualityhomehealth. com National Conference Planning Committee Joyce Pittman, PhD, FNPBC, CWOCN Indianapolis, Ind. jpittma3@iuhealth.org

National Public . Policy Committee Suzanne Collins, MS, BSN, RN, CWOCN Norcross, Ga. suzanne.collins@molnlyckeus.com Nominations Committee Margaret T. Goldberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN DelRay Beach, Fla. margoldb@comcast.net Ostomy Committee Mary Mahoney, BSN, RN, CWON Urbandale, Iowa mahonemf@ihs.org Professional Practice . Committee Sonya Perry, MSN, RN, CWON Charleston, W.Va. sonya.perry@camc.org Scholarship Committee Kevin R. Emmons, DrNPc, RN, CWCN Philadelphia, Pa. ke35@drexel.edu Wound Committee Karen Keaney Gluckman, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN Paterson, N.J. karengfnp@aol.com

WOCN® Society Mission The WOCN® Society is a professional nursing organization that supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Executive Director Nicolette Zuecca, MPA, CAE nzuecca@ahint.com Assistant Executive Director Vincent Gangemi III vgangemi@ahint.com WOCNews is a publication of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) 15000 Commerce Parkway Suite C Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 888/224-WOCN www.wocn.org www.wocnfoundation.org Publication Date: December 2011

2010 – 2012 Regina F. Holmes, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN Loris, S.C. rholmes@lorishealth.org www.wocn.org

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Packing our Survival Kit for the winds of Challenges and Change

As we embark into 2012 and plan for the next strategic cycle (2013-2016) there are formable influences we must consider. Health care reformed politics, continued economic strain, and revolutionary health care changes in all sectors touch each of us. We are constantly recalibrating as we endeavor to provide the specialized care we are educated, licensed, and certified to provide.

conference surveys, and web communications. We identified Practice, Education, Public Policy and Advocacy, Membership and Marketing priorities for 2012. For a full view of the updated Strategic Plan, please click here.

A clear Health Care Agenda is vital to guide the Society in collaboration, communication, and operational efforts that can influence the legislative, regulatory, and reimbursement environment. The Society leadership and legislative consultant are working on There are a few notable projects drafting the Health Care Agenda underway that bear review: currently, once completed it will be posted on the website. The Health Care Agenda will drive Public Policy & work of the all other Public Advocacy (PP&A) the Policy and Advocacy initiatives. The Public Policy and . Advocacy Task Force, directed APRN Fact Sheet by the board of directors, . analyzed the efforts of Public And Incidence To Policy and Advocacy for the Fact Sheet Society. The resultant . Both of these works are recommendations included: completed and are available for

The WOCN® Society council realizes that the Society’s . efforts must meet the members • Streamlining the Public Policy need for education, professional and Advocacy Committee in a practice enhancement, and manner that will allow for rapid clinical resource; resulting . response to action items. in successful support for . • Developing a grassroots the individual in the . communication plan with the workplace environment. regional and affiliate bodies to enhance political and Looking at this upcoming advocacy action. focus for the year, we utilized • Creating a solid Health Care your communications gleaned Agenda. from membership surveys, • Continuation of the WOC educational surveys, post Nurse in Washington program.

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your use via download on the Member Library. Please log in and download by clicking here. These documents have been created to address information regarding reimbursement and the WOC nurse at the specialist and advanced practice level. Through the efforts of the APRN Reimbursement Task Force and the Incident To Task Force, these documents help us understand our current state. This knowledge also guides us


in identifying the gaps in service as we advocate for access to quality comprehensive cost effective patient care.

at different educational levels. Medics are included because of the unmet need in the military for wound care education due to the vast Wound Treatment amount of injuries related to document was Associate (WTA) conflict. This created for our membership In the 2009-2013 Strategic Plan, to utilize as they discuss their the goal of being the premier role in the spectrum of wound organization for educating WOC care compared to other care nurses and non-specialty nursproviders. To download your es was identified. There is a lack copy of the Wound Treatment of basic knowledge in wound Associate Position Paper, care, a gap that influences how please click here. the plan of care recommended by the WOC nurse is delivered The WTA program is not a at the bedside. In an effort to certification program. It is an improve overall patient . educational model for contact outcomes under the guidance hours. This initiative is being of a WOC nurse, this gap can structured in a manner that be addressed by promotion . highlights the expertise and of education, both by the . credibility of the nurse specialist individual member and . as an educator. The module will the Society. be constructed for delivery by a qualified specialty nurse in his The WOCN速 Society has or her own community. developed and posted the Role/Scope of Practice Wound Work is underway by the . Care Providers (WOC nurse Wound Treatment Associate specialist, WOC Advanced Committee chaired by Dorothy Practice Nurse and a Wound Doughty. The committee is . Treatment Associate) position developing the didactic content paper. This is to clarify the for the program as well as . difference between care formulating with WOCN速 staff providers, who are practicing

the operational plan for . administering the program. I am sure that as you review our accomplishments and evaluate our goals you will see there has been excellent work completed and much to look forward to in our coming year. As a Society we continue to look on the horizon for . opportunities to promote . our specialty practice and . serve our members, together . we navigate through the . challenges and changes of . delivering health care in 2012 and in the future. u

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Regional News

News From the WOCN® World Capital Region Affiliate

The Capital Region Affiliate is in the final stages of organizing for the regional conference. Our conference is at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y. Oct. 2830. We have planned a great educational experience with some excellent speakers as well as a brief respite from the daily grind. We will be having the Monster Gash drinks and dancing following our Great Comebacks dinner. It will be a great party with costumes, drinks, music, and dancing. Our group is active in the Gold Stamp Pressure Ulcer Program; working to help with education and prevention of pressure ulcers in New York. We all look forward to seeing everyone in our region at conference.

St. Louis Affiliate

The St. Louis Affiliate WOC . Second Annual Wound and Ostomy Seminar was held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at . Washington University Eric P. Newman Education Center. Each of the 120 attendees in attendance were presented with 6.5 contact hours for education. The presentations included the

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following, “The Pathophysiology of Pressure Ulcers,” “No Pain, No Gain? Wound Pain . Management,” “Venous . Ulcers-Getting the Education Out There,” “The Impact of . PAD & Diabetes Related Wounds,” “Fistula Etiology & Surgical Intervention,” and “Navigating Negative Pressure Wound Therapy.” St. Louis . Affiliate WOC plans other . educational offerings in the . next year…keep checking our website (www.stlwocn.org) to stay up to date on information.

Society’s 44th Annual Conference. Congratulations Mary! Midge Wilson is the . co-chair of the WOCN® Society’s Continence . Committee and Shawneen Schmitt is the chair of the WOCN® Society’s Education Committee. Kathy Otten is the Marketing Committee liaison and chair for WOCNCB.

North Central Region (NCR)

South Central Region (SCR)

Mary Ihle, was presented the 2011 NCR’s Clinical Excellence Award. Mary received a plaque and a stipend to support her . attendance at the WOCN®

Janet Davis suggested some alternatives for our .

The NCR held their annual fall conference in Lacrosse, Wis. mid September. Over 150 . attended and enjoyed two days of education, networking, and inspiration! The Board recently approved the creation of a . public policy chair. This . appointed position will be . jointly held by two members with overlapping terms.

Lastly, please contact any . NCR board member with questions or concerns at: . www.northcentralregion.org

Our fall conference in San Antonio near the River Walk was educational as well as festive. Janet Davis announced the winners of our 2011 SCR awards: SCR-WOCN® of the Year: Tina Meyers; Educator of the Year: Jean Cefalu; Manufacturer/Vendor of the Year: Perry Allen 3M and the President’s Award: Mary Pat Rapp. Our new board members are VP: Oscar Solis and Secretary: Jeannine Thompson.


scholarship money. The council will be working on criteria for conference registration . (national and regional) and . (re)certification scholarships. . Susan Wilhelm (counselor) attended the Youth Rally. Be sure to read her recap in the September 5 Alive on the SCR website: www.scrwocn.org

the Boise area WOC nurses, speakers, venders, and . attendees for their contributions to the event.

Elected for 2011-2013 are President-Elect, Jolene Tucker and Treasurer, Pat Foster. We welcome them into their new positions. The 2012 conference will be in Portland, Ore. and We have new items in the SCR Cathie Potts will serve as chair. store: scissors, pens, note pads, Revisions of some of our bylaws greeting cards, SWAT Toolkit will be sent out. Members and lapel pins. are encouraged to vote on changes and contact Bylaws Northwest Region Chair, Sandy Zelenka, with any questions. Please check out The Northwest Region held our regions new website: www. their annual regional meeting nwregionwocn.org Sept. 8-10 in Boise, Idaho. Donna Zeznock was honored with the NW WOC Nurse of Southeast Region the Year award. Donna has (SER) been serving in Alaska and has The SER conference was . been a true pioneer in helping hosted by the Tennessee WOC remote caregivers serving nurses in lovely Chattanooga, Native American Tribes. She is Tenn. Thank you Tennessee planning to retire and we wish for all the great education and her the very best as she . hospitality! We had 200 attendmoves forward. ees with 50 nurses attending The Youth Rally auction was a great success. We thank all those who donated and made purchases to help the kids. The group enjoyed a Ho-down in Historic Idaho City. We thank

SER presents three prestigious awards, this year’s winners are: WOC Nurse of the Year – . Regina Holmes, Rookie of the Year – Angela Dye and . Honorary Nurse of the . Year – Carolyn Watts. . Congratulations Ladies! For the first time SER voted online. Our newly elected officers 2012 Board Members are: Secretary – Merrill Frasier; Treasurer – Martha Davidson; Director of Conference Planning – Trudy Huey; Director Special Projects – Sharon Traylor; Nominations Committee – Michael Byars (Chair), Lea Crestonia, Aileen Ankrom, Brenda Rutland, Cary Dowdy, and Barbara Dale.

Next year’s conference will be in charming Savannah, Ga., Sept. 27-30, 2012. Merrill Frasier and Cynthia Timms will co-host this conference entitled “WOC Nurses Embracing Change . with Southern Grace” in historical downtown Savannah. Mark the pre-conference on Pouching your calendars! Challenges. Kudos to all those who participated in the Silent Auction, who submitted posters, Hampton Roads and to our wonderful vendors. Affiliate . Congratulations to the following members on their www.wocn.org

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accomplishments this quarter: Sheryl Bailey earned her CWOCN and CFCN; Colleen Keller and Myra Ragasa completed their WOCNEP courses; Cindy Dowd completed her MSN/ED; and Claudia Thomas recertified as . a CWOCN. Also of note, Corrine Alvey . and Kathy Merkh will be presenting a poster on Fistula Management during the WOCNÂŽ Mid-Atlantic Region Annual Conference in Rocky Gap, Md. on Nov. 4-5, 2011. The efforts of Rhonda Johnson are to be commended; she just returned from Bloemfontain, South Africa, where she provided basic foot care and classes to the local residents as part of a mission trip sponsored by the Bethel Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va. Rhonda has been making this two week mission trip annually for the past three years. Our 2nd Annual WOC Education Day held Sept. 24, 2011, was a rousing success; attended by more than 20 of our local members, the conference included topics such as: Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Suspected

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Deep Tissue Injuries, Urinary Diversions, and Malpractice. Special thanks to our speakers: Louise Johnson, Sue Creehan, Kathy Merkh, and Dawn Martinez.

Pacific Coast Region (PCR)

The annual 2012 PCR conference will be held on Feb. 10-11 with an optional pre-conference debridement workshop on Feb. 9 at the Embassy Suites in the beautiful Napa Valley. This one and a half day conference will provide health care professionals with evidence-based information about wound, ostomy, and continence topics. The . pre-conference debridement workshop is being moderated by Jeffrey Niezgoda and Dot Weir and will offer didactic and a hands-on practicum for conservative sharp debridement. For further information please go to the PCR website at . www.pcr.org or you can contact the education coordinator at daphne.weiland@gmail.com

Rocky Mountain Region (RMR)

Fall is a busy time of year for the RMR. Our annual regional conference was held in Salt Lake City in September. The focus of our conference was diabetic ulcers and wound care trends. We hosted several well-known presenters as well as several local providers. During the regional business meeting, our annual elections were held. Congratulations to Derik Alexander, our new vice president and Susan Hill, on . her election to a second term . as treasurer. Congratulations to members Cathy Reimanis and Kay Durkop-Scott who are newly elected to the WOCNCB Board. Thanks to Pat Collins and Heather McEntarffer for their continued participation on the WOCNCB Board. RMR is looking forward to our next regional conference to be held in Phoenix, in the fall of 2012.

Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR)

The MAR educational event of the year is almost here! Join


us on Nov. 4-5 at the Rocky Gap Resort for our premier conference “Closing the GapImproving Outcomes in Wound Ostomy and Continence Care.” The MAR WOC Nurse of the Year will also be honored during our conference. Stay tuned to learn about our award winner. Congratulations to Sue Currence upon her election . as member-at-large and to . Mary Haddow on her reelection as treasurer. Our affiliates around the region have been very busy this fall presenting conferences to nurses in their locale on wound, ostomy, and continence care. Their creativity is contagious. Check our new website . www.marwocn.org and see . our new logo!

Garden State Affiliate

Donations were made to the Colon Cancer Challenge, Dr. Jeter’s Cycling for Scholarships and the Youth Rally. This year, five meetings were agreed upon to incorporate competencies for NPWT, Ostomy and Compression Wraps/ ABI. At our September meeting,

KCI sponsored and provided an educational presentation on Negative Pressure Wound Therapy to our members. A . competency checklist was . completed by the attending members after the presentation.

tinence Care. The conference was filled with evidence-based information, hands on learning and delivered in a humorous tone.

The 2012 March meeting will focus on compression wraps and ABI competencies.

Election results were in shortly after the conference ended. Reelected were Deanna Boyd, treasurer and Monica Koch to trustee #3. Sue Kohl was . elected to trustee #1. We congratulate all those elected. . . .

Before the group traveled to the Muhammad Al Center, for the Voting took place for president, Great Comebacks Award, the secretary, and treasurer regional business meeting was positions. Debbie Siddi held. Several awards were . will continue as president, presented to the membership. Stephanie D’Andrea will assume Advance Scholarship awards the position of secretary and were presented to Debra Harris Barry Bontempo will assume and Michelle Ashman. Due to the position of treasurer, and will many memorials in memory of keep legislative representative Brenda Stoddard, the Jeff Bish position. Their positions will Scholarship was increased to begin in 2012. $1,290 and was given to . Deanna Fetter, from Kentucky. The November meeting will be The Shining Star award was sponsored by ConvaTec. They presented to Stephanie . will provide an educational Kearney, while the Manufacturer program, which will allow the of the Year award was . attending members to achieve presented to Elaine Rogozan competency in ostomy. from KCI.

Mideast Region

Over 190 nurses in Louisville, Ky. attended the Mideast . regional conference. The theme for the conference was BE “THE GREATEST” Champions for Wound, Ostomy, and Con-

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Regional News Central Virginia Affiliate

community as we supported the Katherine Jeter fundraiser, . The Central Virginia Affiliate held support the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Baltimore Ostomy . its September meeting at . Association, the Crohns and Maggiano’s. The program was Colitis Foundation as well as the sponsored by Hollister Wound Youth Rally. There has also been Care Division, Rich Mangiere an ad hoc group working on a with a presentation by Lidia project to identify ways to . Garner on management of improve communication along trauma wounds. Linda Droste the continuum of care in the our NIWI winner also shared Baltimore area for ostomy . her experience with the group patients. It has been an . and encouraged candidates to excellent opportunity to explore apply for the upcoming year. The group made the decision to our practices, share our areas of expertise, and find ways to support the National . support our new members. We Wheelchair Games, which will are in the time of re-growth and be held in Richmond, Va. in development as we look for June 2012 as one of our . members to fill the offices of projects for 2011-2012. . Additionally, we plan to support president-elect and secretary for 2012. The ballots are out, . a candidate as well as a . so now it is time for the . counselor for the upcoming Youth Camp. We look forward to members to vote and keep the energy going. the upcoming Mid-Atlantic . Region conference in Rocky NY Metro Affiliate Gap, Md. and will have . NY Metro Affiliate held a . attendees update our group at our next meeting in November. summer meeting and are . preparing for our fall lunch and Baltimore Affiliate learn. We just held our 2011 . Ostomy Symposium on Sept. 29 The Baltimore Affiliate has had an exciting year thus far. We had at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. This educational great success with our wound program was directed towards care conference in the spring. RNs who wanted to learn more We are gearing up to present our ostomy conference on Oct. about ostomy management and 27, 2011. Our affiliate is always included CWOCN speakers. There was an opening . looking for ways to serve our

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presentation from an ostomate from the Long Island UOAA who shared his story, an . introduction to our organization and WOCNCB, classes on . ostomies, and in the afternoon there was a hands on . workshop. Sponsors included vendors with exhibits and . funding for nursing students to attend. The symposium . provided 6.75 CEUs and the objectives were to educate the local nurses. Proceeds will be used to help assist NYC nurses who are interested in pursuing a WOC nurse education with a scholarship fund in honor of Maureen Dailey who has been an ongoing inspiration and . supporter of WOC nurses.

Northeast Region (NER)

The NER annual fall conference was held Oct. 28-30, 2011 in Albany, N.Y. The conference theme was: “WOC This Way Follow us to the Future.” The NER would like to thank the Capital Affiliate, for putting together a highly educational and enjoyable event. The NER is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Nurse of Distinction Award, Nancy L. Fike from York Hospital. Congratulations


Nancy! This year’s recipient of the President’s Award, is Jody Scardillo. We wish we could list all of her contributions and accomplishments to WOCN®, but since our space is limited we will refer you to the NER website www.nerwocn.com for details. Congratulations Jody! We would like to thank our outgoing President, Cheryl Bealer, for her leadership and many years of service to the NER Board.

New England Region

The New England Region held its annual fall conference in Danvers, Mass. on Oct. 1314. Topics this year included hands on workshop by Myra Varnado on offloading. Other topics were management of the painful wound, enteral feedings update, and fecal management systems. Conferences presenters included region members Sandy Quigley and Diane Bryant. Other activities included fundraising for the Youth Rally for teen ostomates with a silent auction and selling WOCN® badges donated by NuHope Laboratories. The WOC Nurse/ET of the Year award was given to a region member as were three scholarships for educational advancement.

The New England Region WOC Nurse/ET of the Year was awarded to Jan White of South Shore Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Massachusetts. Jan was selected by her peers as a WOC nurse who has demonstrated exemplary skills and qualities as a WOC nurse. She has shown a strong professional commitment to both patient and family, stays current in her skills, serves as a role model for peers and students, and practices the highest standard of WOC nursing. Patients, their families, peers, and physicians have expressed great respect and appreciation for Jan’s care and expertise. We are a richer organization for having Jan as a member of our region and honored to be able to give her this award.

Anne Scheurich and the Professional Education Committee hosted the 14th Annual Professional Education Day Program on Sept. 20. Our guest lecturers included: Kathy Marchese, Jane Fellows, Penny Campbell, Karen Blum, Eric Goodman, Daisie Wilson, and Barbara Bates-Jensen. The program was well-attended and received high accolades from all. Our daily professional roles require us to be the teachers – this annual program allows us to be the students. Our regional affiliate recently was awarded a Medline grant.

Eastern Shore Affiliate

Planning the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Region Conference in Ocean City, Md. The affiliate group is excited to bring the Mid-Atlantic We awarded three scholarships Region speakers who are this fall to region members. renowned for their specialty in wound, ostomy, and continence Northern Illinois care. This conference should Affiliate (NIA) prove to be exciting and Malou de Ocampo, president, informative with information and Marlene Balik, vice about the latest in technology president were reelected for and WOC nurse advancements. second terms in their respective We look forward to seeing all of offices by the membership of you there in Ocean City, Md. u ® the NIA-WOCN .

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Regions and Affiliates: Do I Belong Somewhere? Yes, You Do!

Kim Karagosian • Director of Marketing, WOCN® (Left) Sarah Penn • Marketing Coordinator, WOCN® (Middle) Dea Kent, MSN, RN, NP-C, CWOCN • Past Chair, WOCN® Membership Committee (Right) As a member of WOCN®, you have the option to join a region and/or affiliate (R&A) of WOCN®. Run as a smaller form of WOCN®, these groups are located across the country. Through . communication with local . colleagues, you can also learn how to serve your patients better.

remarks, “You, the members, make WOCN® a great organization. Future leaders are formed, . lifelong relationships are forged, and great partnerships . are made.” Start your journey today… First, determine which R&A you would like to be a part of by using this map.

R&A’s allows you to team up with other local professional CWOCNs/CFCNs. Aside from WOCN® Society’s events, R&A’s Next, log into the Member offer their own networking events, Center and see if you are conferences, educational retreats currently associated with a and scholarship opportunities. R&A. If one is checked, and you These incentives are available to would like to change it, or if you you at no extra cost because a are not associated with one at portion of membership dues ($13) all, please email the WOCN® is given to each R&A. National Office at wocn_info@ wocn.org (please note: only Joining an R&A makes joining the WOCN® Staff can update your WOCN® Society a more R&A selection). personalized experience for you. Past Chair, Membership . Lastly, start participating! Committee, Dea J. Kent, . 12

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Are you already a member of a R&A, and would like a more active role? R&A’s need your insights and feedback to serve you better. Whether you prefer to be just an “observer” or want to take the lead, the WOCN® Society encourages you to participate in any capacity. Connect with WOC professionals on a local level. If you need assistance or have any . questions, contact the WOCN® National Office at wocn_info@ wocn.org today.

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Member Spotlight

Magnet® Nurse of the Year Award for Empirical Outcomes Sarah Penn • Marketing Coordinator, WOCN® WOCN® would like to congratulate Victoria . Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, . ACNS-BC, CWOCN, on her . Magnet® Nurse of the Year Award for Empirical Outcomes. The American Nurses . Credentialing Center (ANCC) . created these awards to . recognize the outstanding . contributions of patient care by clinicians working in Magnet . hospitals. A Magnet hospital receives an extensive review of its nursing practice by the ANCC. The ANCC requires these hospitals meet a variety of high standards that are evaluated in a written document and on-site. The credentialing center awarded five individuals for the first time this year. Victoria hails from Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. For the past 28 years, she has dedicated her work to patients, family, staff, physicians, and nurses. Her experience includes ICU and Medical Surgical Nursing. Currently, she is an advanced practice nurse for wound, ostomy, and continence 14

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care at RWJ. Victoria received her Magnet® Nurse of the Year Award for Empirical Outcomes by using evidence-based practice and implemented a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program in 2008 with hopes of reducing the hospital’s pressure ulcer rate. In just three years, her program reduced the pressure ulcer rate by 55 percent, to only 2.2 percent of patients!

Passion Victoria is an example of a WOC nurse who is going above and beyond to better the WOC nursing profession. Victoria has served on the WOCN® Society’s National Conference Planning Committee (Ostomy Track) . and was also a featured speaker at the WOCN® Society’s 43rd Annual . Conference in New Orleans.

Leadership Aside from her everyday work at the hospital, Victoria also provides education to nurses and physicians through national presentations and published pieces on wounds and ostomies. She contributed to MEDSURG

Nursing Journal as a member of the Editorial Board and reviewed manuscripts for the Journal.

Advocacy In addition to her passion and dedication to the Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program she implemented, she successfully lobbied hospital leadership to invest $1 million in new beds . and mattresses!

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About ANCC The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. WOCN® is accredited by ANCC.


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Ostomy Care PIE Now Available Ginger Salvadalena, PhD, RN, CWOCN Past Chair, WOCN® Ostomy Committee

A new Portable Instructional Education (PIE) tool, Ostomy Care PIE, was released in November by the WOCN® Society. The purpose of the Ostomy Care PIE is to provide clinicians with an easy to use group of existing resources to support ostomy care, patient education, and staff instruction. This compilation of resources was developed by the WOCN® Ostomy Committee in collaboration with liaisons from the Education Committee. The WOCN® National Office provided the support to format and produce the Ostomy Care PIE. The costs of which were funded by support from . Hollister Incorporated.

What’s Included in Ostomy Care PIE?

Ostomy Care PIE consists of an organized collection of WOCN® educational tools related to ostomy care. Within Ostomy Care PIE there are over 50 documents and presentations categorized into nine different areas of interest. The items include reprints from the Journal of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, WOCN® Society conference presentations, and teaching tools developed in past years by the Society’s committees and task forces. PowerPoint presentations were extracted from presentations given at WOCN® Society’s annual The PIE concept was introduced conferences in the past one in 2009 with the Home Health to five years. Presenters Care and Acute Care PIEs, both generously provided their of which are still for sale in the permission to change the WOCN® Society’s Bookstore. format of the slides and edit the content. You can use the presentations to educate . other health care providers 16

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about ostomy related topics. Together, these tools allow you to quickly access information and tools that can help inform your care and streamline your educational efforts.

Here’s a list of the topics included in Ostomy Care PIE: • Basic Ostomy Care • Complications of the Stoma and Peristomal Skin • Pediatric Ostomy Care • Stoma Site Marking • Other Procedures (Bowel Prep, Irrigation, G-Tube Management) • Professional Practice in Ostomy Care • Psychosocial Concerns • Disease Management • Evidence Based Practice References PIE is packaged as a CD-ROM, which allows you to use it on any computer with a CD-ROM drive. Once inserted into your computer PIE opens with a


menu of categories, which allow you to quickly select a topic and review the materials available pertaining to that subject. All of the documents and presentations can be downloaded and stored on . your computer.

How to use Ostomy Care PIE: • Insert the CD into the CDROM drive of your computer

• Run the program • Select the topics of interest from the menu • Open the topic to see a list of PowerPoint presentations, learning tools and Journal reprints pertaining to those topics • Download and use the resources

copy! The generous support of Hollister Incorporated has made this possible! Non-members and institutions will also be able to purchase Ostomy Care PIE at a reduced rate in the WOCN® Society’s Bookstore. Let us know how YOU put this new resource to work! u

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WOCN® Society’s 44th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Announced Debi Maines, CMP • Director of Meetings, WOCN® (Left) Kim Karagosian • Director of Marketing, WOCN® (Middle) Sarah Penn • Marketing Coordinator, WOCN® (Right)

WOCN® is proud to announce Linda Burnes Bolton as the opening keynote Linda Burnes Bolton, speaker for the DrPH, RN, FAAN WOCN® Society’s 44th Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C. As Vice President for Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, and . Director of Nursing Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Linda plays the leadership role in all of her . endeavors. She has served as . the past president of the . American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association, as well as, a board trustee at Case Western Reserve University since 2006. Considered one of the top 25 women in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine, Linda will address attendees about the .

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importance of a WOC nurse and the role one plays in various . institutions. She firmly believes WOC nurses can be the leaders in their health care facility while improving the access to . appropriate care, quality of care, and costs.

Continence

In addition, to Linda Burnes Botton, here’s a peek at some of the other confirmed session topics for the WOCN® Society’s 44th Annual Conference thus far:

Professional Practice

Wound • Biofilms: A Micro-Revolution • The Impact of Chronic Disease on Wound Healing • Rash Decisions

• Tubes Beyond Indwelling Urethral Catheter • Gluteal Cleft Skin Damage: IAD vs. PU Second Consensus Session • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Its Legacy

• The Status of Women in Emerging Countries and Its Effect on the Development of the WOC Nursing Specialty • Publishing in the WOC Nursing World • To Network or Not: The Use of Social Media in Health Care

Please visit the WOCN® Society’s Ostomy 44th Annual Conference website • Complicated Pediatric Journeys frequently for announcements of to Continence additional sessions, speakers, • Prevention and Management of and networking opportunities. Peristomal Hernias 2012.wocn.org u • Medications and Ostomies


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Glowing Ideas for Treating Infections

Kim Karagosian • Director of Marketing, WOCN® (Left) Sarah Penn • Marketing Coordinator, WOCN® (Right)

Combat Care As a new WOCN® initiative, we will feature a frontline news story in each issue of the WOCNews. If you have any ideas or stories you’d like to see highlighted, please email the WOCN® Society’s National Office at: wocn_info@wocn.org

There is a new discovery in the medical industry targeting the use of glowing bandage for treating infections. According to the latest research, military medics can use glowing bandages to identify wounds that have become infected in the field. Within the next few years, military medics could be using gel-coated bandages to cover wounds to determine the level of infection and then treat the wound properly. “The availability of these gels would help clinicians and . . 20

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wound-care nurses to make rapid, informed decisions about wound management, and help reduce the overuse of antibiotics,” said University of Sheffield professor, Dr. Steve Rimmer, lead on this initiative.

of infections to labs where it can take days to determine the level of bacteria.

Currently, low-level infected . individuals are often times treated as if they have a high level of infection with the heavy use of The developed gel contains antibiotics. With this gel, in just molecules that would adhere hours, wound-care nurses can faster to the bacteria in the determine the level of . wound and subsequently activate infection. Quicker response times a fluorescent dye to glow. By to wounds will help medical . holding an ultraviolent lamp professionals determine the over the wound dressed in the proper steps to take. gel, a pinkish tint will appear when a high level of infection is University of Sheffield present. At this time, medical researchers presume the gel can professionals send swab samples . be brought to clinical trial in two . to three years.


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military settings, this includes the use of Medics/Corpsmen. . Although basic wound care As a 2012 initiative, WOCN® will be adding the Wound Treatment tenets remain the same in all Associate (WTA) program, a short locations, there are some distinct course designed to fill the gap in differences in the size and etiology of military acquired wounds education for the non-WOC . as well as the environment in specialty nurse. In considering which they are managed. With all the work site locations of our this in mind, several of our active WOC nurses, we recognized a duty WOC specialty nurses were significant number of our . involved in the development of membership either serve as . the WTA program to ensure that active duty or reserve . those needs were addressed. The personnel for various military program is not endorsed by . branches, as well as having many working within VA systems. the military or VA systems. . However, it has the potential . In these locations, portions of for use in providing quality, . wound care must be provided evidence-based, and . by non-WOC nurses, and in the

standardized wound care education to improve the quality of care at the bedside of our Nation’s dedicated and respected armed service men and women. The Society is proud to offer these learnings in a convenient package to be used in any and . all settings, where wound care . is provided. For more information on the WOCN® Society’s Wound Treatment Associate program, visit www.wocn.org or email the National Office at . wocn_info@wocn.org. u

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Directors Corner

Education: The Heart of WOC Nursing Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN Director, WOCN®

When I was young, I thought that I really wanted to be a teacher. That was way back in the 1970s when teaching jobs were scarce. My mother, a very wise woman, advised me that this would be a bad career plan if I wanted to get a job and . thus began my quest for . nursing. Now in the summer, when I go off to work every single day, I occasionally remind her “I could have been a teacher and had the whole summer off!” Of course that is said in jest and we both laugh as I love being a nurse. I cannot imagine any other career path in my life. Probably the most . amazing thing about being a wound, ostomy, continence nurse is that a major part of my role is teaching. Education is at the core of WOCN®. It is in our mission statement – “The WOCN® Society is a professional . organization that supports is members by promoting . educational, clinical and . 22

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research opportunities to . advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence.” But I think foremost it is evident in each aspect of the activities of WOCN® itself.

learning opportunities are available to members and nonmembers alike including a free offering WOCN® Best Practice: Pressure Ulcer Assessment (Non-CE) and Incontinence Associated Dermatitis and Other Code Brown Hazards (1.28 CE). Once you have decided Educational opportunities from to enroll in one of the courses, ® WOCN are available through you must first register to obtain many different avenues for access. It is as easy as clicking every style of learning. For on this link: www.wocnglc. example, if you are an internet com/register.php or the words learner, there are opportunities “Register” on the www.wocnglc. for education through the Global com website. Learning Center. To access the global learning center, you can The Journal of Wound, Ostomy ® go to the WOCN Society’s and Continence Nursing is also website (www.wocn.org), and a great source of education. click the “Global Learning . I recently listened to Dorothy Center” tab and review the Doughty give a lecture on how learning opportunities available to read the journal in the “cliff to you. You can also go directly note” form. If many of you are to the Global Learning Center like me, you struggle with . by following this link: . information overload and a www.wocnglc.com stack of Journals by your bed that you intend to read. . There are several free CE course Dorothy’s suggestion was to offerings and others available to read by the “cliff note” format: you for a nominal cost. These first scan the titles, and see


what is interesting to your . practice and then read the abstract, summary and the key points. If you still need more information or have a greater interest in the topic, then return to the article and read the whole thing. I am adapting this . strategy. Nevertheless, the Journal is a great source of CE opportunity as well. If you desire to obtain CEs, each issue of the Journal provides you with . another opportunity to do so . for a nominal fee. For example, in the September/October . 2011 issue there is a CE . opportunity for MASD III: . Peristomal and periwound . moisture associated dermatitis.

about new innovations and for streamlining my practice when I attend the WOCN® Society’s annual conference. In addition to the educational benefit of attending conference is the opportunity to network with my peers. So many of us are isolated in our practices where few understand the challenges that we and our patients face each day.

Mentoring is another way that the WOCN® Society provides education. For me, mentoring usually comes by way of . precepting new students. Those seeking to find preceptors through WOCN® can do so by clicking on the following link ® The WOCN Society’s annual www.wocnglc.com/preceptor_ conference is yet another search.php which is available important educational on the www.wocn.org website. opportunity for members and If you are not already registered non-members alike. This year’s to become a preceptor with conference is in Charlotte, N.C. WOCN®, I encourage you to and the theme of the conference add your name to the list and is Educating with Ideas for take the time to become a . Tomorrow. I always find myself preceptor for one of the recharged with great ideas WOCN®-accredited WOC

nursing education programs. It is a worthwhile endeavor and helps us spread the news of the importance of WOC nursing. So this quarter I challenge you to join me in finding a way for the WOCN® Society to meet one of your educational needs. It could be by obtaining CEs through the Global Learning Center, reading the Journal, attending the WOCN® Society’s 44th Annual Conference, or becoming a preceptor. You have only knowledge to gain. This summer I vow not to tease my Mom. I am an educator even though I don’t get the summer off. I love the role of a WOC nurse where I can be an educator at so many different levels and yet can be a lifelong learner as well. u

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WOCN® and Nursing Community Fighting to Protect Federal Nursing Workforce Programs Christopher C. Rorick, MPA • WOCN® Legislative Consultant

As Congress looks to close the nation’s budget deficit, lawmakers are being forced to reexamine almost every federal program to judge its worth and determine if these programs should be continued to be funded in the future. One of those programs includes the federally supported Nursing Workforce Development programs funded under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. The Nursing Workforce Development programs, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), are the primary source of federal funding for nursing education. Title VIII programs support the recruitment, education, and retention of more than 347,000 nurses and nursing students as well as numerous academic nursing institutions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects of the need for more than 581,000 new Registered Nurse (RN) positions by 2018, a 22 percent increase in the nursing workforce. Additionally, 24

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“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects of the need for more than 581,000 new Registered Nurse (RN) positions by 2018, a 22 percent increase in the nursing workforce.” in June 2011, Wanted Analytics reported that employers and staffing agencies posted more than 121,000 new job ads for RNs in May, up 46 percent from May 2010. Moreover, according

to the August 2011 Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “… health care employment rose by 30,000 in August. Ambulatory health care services and hospitals added 18,000 and 8,000 jobs, respectively. Over the past 12 months, health . care employment has grown . by 306,000.” The Title VIII programs are a proven solution to address nursing workforce demands. By supporting the education, practice, retention, and recruitment of the nursing workforce, the programs help ensure RNs and APRNs practice in rural and medically underserved communities. It is clear that the demand for the Title VIII programs is tremendous, particularly for the Nurse Education Loan Repayment and Nursing Scholarship programs. In FY 2010, of the 6,978 applications received for the Nursing Education Loan Repayment program, only 18 percent were funded and only seven percent of the applications received for the


Nursing Scholarship program were awarded to nursing students. Many of today’s nursing students depend on federal loans like the Title VIII programs to complete their degrees and offset their considerable . educational expenses. . Moreover, Title VIII programs help bolster the number of . students pursuing nursing . degrees full time, thus helping to ensure that they enter the workforce without delay. Despite the need for Title VIII programs, Congress is . proposing to cut these . programs. Recently, the House Labor/Health Human Service/ Education Appropriations . Subcommittee released their draft Fiscal Year 2012 . Appropriations Bill which . provides $106.828 million for Title VIII programs, a $135.6 . million (55.9 percent) cut, achieved through elimination of funding for the Title VIII Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program and Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program, as well as reductions to other Title VIII programs.

The bill further provides $194.4 million for Titles VII and VIII, a $320.5 million (62.3 percent) cut below FY 2011. The bill offers a total of $87.5 million for Title VII programs, a $185 million (67.9 percent) cut, by eliminating funding for the Title VII Health Careers Opportunity Program, scholarships for disadvantaged students, primary care medi-

cine, Area Health Education Centers, and allied health programs, and drastically reducing some other Title VII programs. WOCNÂŽ, and the entire nursing community, is fighting to restore funding to nursing workforce programs by meeting with Congressional leaders to defend these vital programs and . prevent their elimination. u

Wright & Filippis - Commitment to Quality Patient Care For over 65 years, Wright & Filippis has been a leader in the rehabilitative health care field. Our company is one that is large enough to provide a variety of services for our patients, ranging from Prosthetics and Orthotics, to home medical equipment, including respiratory care, and barrier-free equipment, but is still small enough to feel like family. We are currently searching for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to continue our excellence in the field and join our Management team in Rochester Hills, Mich. as a Manager of Wound Care Services. The ideal candidate will initiate and develop a Wound Care Service program at Wright & Filippis, centered on the provision of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. Generate referrals for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy pumps and supplies. Function as the primary liaison between manufacturers of Negative Pressure Wound Care Therapy pumps and supplies. Recruit and train qualified nurses to add a clinical component to the program. To be considered for this role, candidates must meet the following requirements; Must be a WOC (Wound Ostomy Continence) nurse. Must also have a minimum of two years experience in Wound Care. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please visit our website, www.firsttoserve.com, click on the careers tab and apply today!! Wright & Filippis, first to serve, first to care!!

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Thank You The WOCN® Society would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their contribution to the CYCLING for SCHOLARSHIPS campaign. With your help, we were able to meet our goals of building a lasting source of funding for educational scholarships and raising public awareness of the WOC nursing profession. Thank you for supporting the WOCN® Society and Foundation!

ConvaTec Inc., for leading the way as the first ever corporate donor to the WOCN® Foundation’s Scholarship Program and for their continued support through the Cycling for Scholarships campaign.

Hollister Inc., for their contribution and for supporting the WOCN® Society’s initiatives in advancing the practice of WOC health care.

Smith & Nephew, for joining in this important event and supporting the WOCN® Foundation’s mission of raising funds for the education of nurses in the WOC profession.

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