Message from our NER of the WOCN President Donna Loehner

June 19, 2022

Hello Amazing Nurses of the New England Region WOCN,

I have returned from our National WOC meeting in Texas excited and re-invigorated to continue to move
forward helping to plan and launch our regional conference at Mohegan Sun, October 21-22. Our
education committee has been working hard to provide an amazing educational experience for you.

For those of you who attended National Conference and those who zoomed in virtually, you
experienced the wonderful educational sessions encompassing our full scope of practice. I learned a lot
(our practice continues to evolve with technology and innovative thinkers) and look forward to learning
more with the amazing speakers and educational content we are offering in the Fall at Mohegan Sun in
CT October 21-22.  Click here for more information.

Just to give you a little flavoring of what’s to come: Ileoanal pouch…. how many times have you
wondered why this is the gold standard today for those patients with UC and FP? There is a presentation
on malnutrition in wound healing which as we all know nutrition is one of the principles of wound
healing. Skin failure is another topic; one we struggle with trying to decipher is this a pressure injury or
end of life Kennedy Terminal Ulcer or both. Lymphedema, a topic many of our face in our practice and
now we can learn more about how we can effectively treat these patients.

I encourage you to consider attending this conference and take advantage of our early bird special. The
venue is new for us this year and for those who were unable to attend National, this new venue will give
you that high level National feel as we maintain our high standard of a professional, engaged
organization as well as an opportunity to network with our colleagues. It will maintain the traditions of
our past with our youth rally, historian booth as well as move into the future with educational
opportunities that will help us remain current in our practice.

I would also like to encourage you to consider nominating a nurse for “Nurse of the Year”;  someone
who has influenced you in growing as a WOC nurse. I am sure there is someone that has mentored you,
encouraged you to be the great WOC that you are or perhaps someone who you would reach out to that
has always been there to guide and support you. 

Lastly, the New England Region WOC has scholarships available for those nurses pursuing a career in
WOC nursing or those WOC nurses who choose to advance their degree. 

Have a healthy and happy summer and hope to see you all in the Fall.

Donna Loehner
President New England Region 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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