Hello from New England Region WOCN

Members of the New England Region of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society:

Fall is fast approaching and that means we will once again gather together for the New England Region of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society Fall Conference.Our theme this year is “STANDING STRONG TOGETHER.” We have a great agenda planned. Please register through our website. The deadline for the early bird registration fee is September 14th. It will be held at a new location this year, The Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester NH. The hotel is $154.00 per night if reserved prior to September 19th or until the room block is full. If you need a room, please reserve soon.


We will have a Vendor Hall BINGO game this year. One attendee will win an Apple Watch!!


Irene Beaman, our Historian, is requesting items for the regions Historical Display Table at conference.Please email Irene beamanrn@gmail.com if you have magazines, newsletters, cards, letters, pictures, or other items that would be of interest regarding our history.


Your opportunity to vote for Secretary of the New England Region of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society Board Member is coming soon. Please take a moment and exercise your right to VOTE when the ballot arrives in your inbox.


Our national organization, WOCN.org has launched our Fund the Future campaign to grow the specialty of WOC nursing. Please visit their website for details:


They are holding a contest among the Regions and Affiliates from August 27th through November 5th. The member with the highest individual donation (from any Region or Affiliate) will receive a free year membership and  also will receive the WOCN Clinical Practice Guideline Series for free (a $99 value!).Please visit the website for more information. We will talk about this again during conference.The Society appreciates and values your dedication and willingness to help us Fund the Future!


The UOAA is inviting members of the New England Region WOCN to Run, Walk, Cheer, or Volunteer and Fundraise in support of our ostomy patients at the UOAA’s 2018 Run for Resilience Ostomy 5K!! Visit www.ostomy5k.org for complete details. Start Fundraising challenge, and invite your Ostomy patients to participate. For complete details, run locations, registration and fundraising options, please visit www.ostomy5k.org. If you have any questions please contact Christine Ryan, UOAA’s Executive Director and Race Organizer, at christine.ryan@ostomy.org or 207-985-9700.

I look forward to seeing everyone at conference.

Sincerely, Mary Willis, President NERWOCN Society

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2 Responses

  1. Deborah Therrien, RN, MSN, CWOCN says:

    Is this where I leave my blog post? If not, please contact me with the updated information.

    The VNA of Care New England covers the full geographical area of the state (except for the islands). My position is that of a resource to all of the visiting nurses and my tasks include wound and ostomy education, recommendations for use of advanced wound care products rather than normal saline wet to dry dressings, and chart audits for compliance with quality measures. Two years ago, a Wound Team was developed to increase the quality of the care provided to our patients and their families. Nurses were chosen who expressed an interest in participating and who covered the various geographical areas. The Wound Team meets approximately every two months for a two-hour session which includes an educational component based on expressed needs of its members, case conferences on their complex wound and ostomy patients, and product updates. Over time, some nurses have left the agency, but new Wound Team members have been added to maintain a core group of 8 to 10 nurses. These nurses are expected to visit the more challenging patients in their geographical area. For example, the Wound Team members often visit ostomy patients who are having issues with leaking. They collaborate with the CWOCN to develop an appropriate care plan for use of ostomy products that will provide an appropriate wear time. After several visits to ensure that the new products are achieving the desired results, the usual case manager resumes the patient’s care. A poster will be displayed at Fall Conference which provides detailed information regarding the nurses’ confidence levels in the following areas that are measured via a survey over time: selecting advanced wound care products, applying compression wraps, applying negative pressure wound therapies, performing basic ostomy care, troubleshooting common ostomy complications, contacting providers with alternate wound care recommendations, and instructing other staff members on wound care. Upon completion of year one, confidence increased incrementally in all measured areas except one.  Ostomy care declined at 6 months and was felt to be in response to the education provided as team members became more aware of deficits in this area. At month 12, confidence in ostomy care rebounded. The Wound Team is an ongoing effort and surveys continue to be conducted at designated time intervals.

  2. webMASTER says:

    Cant wait to see your poster! See you in Manchester NH


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