Countdown to Fall Conference!

Message from our NER of the WOCN President Donna Loehner

September 27th, 2022

The first day of Autumn was just a few days ago and I am reflecting on all the hard work that has been done by our amazing education committee on launching our annual fall conference October 21-22.

 Its 27 days away and the excitement is starting to brew.  We have such a thrilling conference planned for you with such incredible educational opportunities with something for everyone.   Check out our website at for the full agenda.

For those of you who are traveling a distance and need to stay over, unfortunately the room block we set aside has been sold out.  The good news is that you can refer to our conference tab under  “ Mohegan Sun” and you will find a list of other local hotels that are close to Mohegan Sun.

Our conference is a time for learning about new products, evidence-based practice, meeting manufacturer representatives who are vital to our practice in staying current with new innovative products, and networking with our colleagues.  One of my favorite events is the cocktail hour on Friday night where I get to meet up with longtime friends and new colleagues.  I hope you will all join us.

Another event that is exciting and fun is our silent auction to support a youngster to summer camp.  The Youth Rally has been our fundraiser for some time now and how gratifying it is to hear about the wonderful time these children have at a camp where they feel like they belong.  

We would love for you to consider donating an item to our silent auction.  It can be a basket of goodies, something you created yourself, a baked good ( I make a mean coffee cake that created quite a bidding war last year) a piece of jewelry perhaps or even a favorite book. Anything and everything are welcomed to support this fantastic cause.

Well, it’s not too late to submit a candidate for Nurse of the Year.  You have till October 1st so hop onto our website and submit a name of someone who has been there for you as you continue this great journey as a WOC nurse.

Scholarships are still available as well.   Are you precepting a student that could use the support in attending school? Are you a WOC nurse pursuing a higher degree?  Check out the website and submit your application before October 1st.

One last thing. For those of you who know me I can be a bit long winded…. We have new apparel that you can purchase at conference.  We now are offering a new look to our fleeces, and we still have polo shirts that are for sale.  Check these out at conference. We will have them available after conference on our website for those who are interested.

It’s never too late to register for conference.  I hope to see you there.  It will be a beautiful ride from Massachusetts to Connecticut with the leaves changing.  Fall has always been my favorite time of year. 

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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