Message from our NER of the WOCN President Donna Loehner

Happy Fall

I am not sure if you were able to attend our Fall Conference last month at Mohegan Sun. What direction took you home? It was hard not to notice the foliage. It was absolutely breath-taking, driving to and from Conference.  I hope for those of you who attended, you felt the same way.   Living in New England certainly has its benefits and I believe the fall foliage is one of them.

Well, Mohegan Sun was a fantastic venue to hold our conference.  So much so that we will be returning there next year. Save the date. It will be well worth your while to attend.

The conference this year was filled with such amazing educational content.  I encourage you to visit click the photo tab to check out some fantastic photos.

Working in acute care, I could absolutely relate to one of the lectures, “Are we Failing to Recognize That Skin Fails”  This was so informative and insightful that more work and research is needed in distinguishing skin failure from pressure injuries.  If you happened to catch Dr. Abelson’s lecture, he spoke on the latest results of the Ileoanal Surgery. At the end of his discussion, he polled the group on whether you would have a ileoanal procedure or a permanent ileostomy.  The results were interesting.   Did you know that albumin and prealbumin are not a measurement of malnutrition anymore?  If you listened to Beth Peterson, you would know why. 

I would be remiss in not mentioning the excellent presentation given by Laura Berry on Palliative Hospice Wound Care.  She provided excellent suggestion for odor with end-of-life wounds and suggestions to treat these wounds. 

There were so many amazing speakers and educational content that I cannot list all but I encourage those who could not attend to think about attending next year for hopes of another successful conference.

Friendly reminder that evaluations are due November 10th. Also be sure to log in to the “on demand” session available to you until November 10th

Did you happen to bid on an item at the silent auction to support Youth Rally? That was so much fun seeing the bidding wars.  Kudos to the youth rally committee for such a successful auction.  We raised a little over $9000 which was so heartwarming that we could donate this to such a worthy cause.

Last but certainly not the least, I would like to congratulate Debbie Oakes for the Nurse of the Year Award.  She is so deserving and quite humble regarding her accomplishments and expertise.  She will never tell you how wonderful she is, but she certainly is!!  Congratulations again Deb.

The board will be resume in January kicking off the year with a zoom educational presentation on drains and tubes by Susan Hamilton. This is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th at 7pm.  You must be a member of the New England Region WOCN to receive an email with an invitation to view this presentation.  The invitation will be coming in January to our membership so stay tuned.

The Communication committee is working very hard in maintaining our website which is one of our modes of communication.  The events tab has been updated to notify you of upcoming zoom education sessions and we hope to have posters and challenges also added to our website.

The board will continue to be working behind the scenes on board business over the holidays and we will be back in touch in January.   I wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday and please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, ideas, comments or if interested in getting involved in this amazing community.


Donna Loehner

President NER WOCN



The New England Region of the
Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society
welcomes you to our website!


The New England Region of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (New England Region WOCN) is an association of WOC/ET Nurses, a division of the National Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse’s Society (WOCN).

Our purpose is to organize and sponsor educational opportunities, support leadership and professional development, encourage evidenced based nursing practice and advocate for the delivery of quality health care to all individuals with a wound, ostomy or continence related issue.

About WOC Nursing:

Wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nursing is a multifaceted, evidence-based practice incorporating a unique body of knowledge to provide excellence in prevention, health maintenance, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitative nursing care to persons with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integument systems. This complex, interdependent specialty encompasses the care of all patient populations across the continuum of care while providing a pivotal role as educator, researcher, and resource throughout the healthcare community. WOC nursing directs its efforts at improving the quality of life for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence concerns.

Whether you specialize in wounds, ostomies or incontinence, all three practice areas offer opportunity for professional growth as well as opportunity to play a pivotal role in the guidance of optimal patient care.

Please browse our website to learn more!


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