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July 15, 2017 through August 15, 2017.

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Officers:

Position Name / Qualifications

Director of Conference Planning

Rush, Elaine

Rush, Elaine

Regional Participation: I have been the Director of Conference Planning for the last two years. I was on the SER Board as Director of Special Projects for four years. I was the Conference Chairperson in South Carolina.

National Participation: I was on the PGP Board for four years. I presented at the national conference on the use of the PGP program in Charlotte NC.

Qualifications: I am experienced in Grant writing and have started two out patient wound care clinics for hospitals in South Carolina. I have been a speaker for state organizations in the Southeast Region of the WOCN Society. I enjoy working with people and am goal directed toward positive outcomes, positive people and professional growth for all our membership.

Summary: We have experienced exceptional growth in our region and with that growth we have had opportunities to impact quality care, research, critical thinking, and expanded knowledge. I want to bring to the membership these opportunities, so that together we can continue to grow not just in membership but in the care of patients who look to us to problem solve and impact their quality of life. I also want to look at ways, to let each of our members know they made a difference in the life of their patients.

Director of Special Projects

Blafield, Rita

Blafield, Rita

Regional Participation: Chair of the exhibitor committee Southeastern Conference 2017, have attended previous Southeastern conferences. I enjoy committee work.

National Participation: Attendee of previous national conferences.

Qualifications: I possess the verbal skills to communicate with companies or individuals and relay the correct message to help them understand the financial need/goal. My full scope certification from Emory university allows me extended knowlege of the financial needs of all diciplines and the importance of this conference. I have received a product grant from for my churches food pantry. Raised funds for local school projects.

Summary: The success of the WOCN program depends on keeping dedicated WOC's trained. Our nurses must have the top-notch comprehensive education and skills to offer the quality products to effectively manage a wound, ostomy, continence or foot and nail problem. My bachelors degree in education makes that very clear. In addition must have the resources be it funds, networking or continuing education to think out of the box. My experience in raising funds include local efforts for school groups and church and currently serving as chair of the exhibitor committee of the 2017 southeast conference. Attendance at previous Southeastern Conferences set the bar high for quality/dedication. I am dedicated to my profession and desire to see success for the Southeastern Conference and the WOCN.

Director of Special Projects

Borja, Lori

Borja, Lori

Regional Participation: 2010 Conference Planning Committee

National Participation: 2017 WOCN Poster Abstract Reviewer

Qualifications: Undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Business Education. Graduate degree in Nursing. Post-Graduate courses in Nursing Education.

Summary: As an Instructor and Contingent Director for Emory WOCNEC, I am dedicated to the profession of WOC nursing. In the past year, I volunteered for several special projects including the development of an Access student database; the reports necessary for the re-accreditation of our program; the transition of displaced Wicks' students into our program; and the conversion of our online learning platform from Blackboard to Canvas. I am professional, focused,and detail oriented. I enjoy collaborating with other WOC nurse professionals to further our specialty. I think it is important to set a good example for the students I mentor and to encourage them to become involved in their WOC organizations as well. My goal in seeking this position is to help the SER WOCN in whatever capacity I am able.

Director of Special Projects

Burbage, Judith (Judy)

Burbage, Judith (Judy)

Regional Participation: Attended annual SERWOCN conferences and South Carolina WOCN meetings. Acted as volunteer for SER WOCN conference in Greenville, SC.

Qualifications: I found my passion for wound care while working in home health and obtained my CWCN in 2005 from MUSC College of Nursing, Wound Education Program. In addition to home health, I have had the privilege to provide wound care in a hospital based Vascular Center.  Since 2010, I have been working with a dynamic interdisciplinary team to establish a successful outpatient wound center as the Clinical Manager.  This variety of work settings has enabled me to refine my organizational and communication skills, as well as appreciate the importance of the support of my profession.  My goal now, is to give back to my professional organization by serving on SERWOCN board.

Summary: My goal for the office of Director of Special Projects is to increase awareness and utilization of resources available to the members of SERWOCN. Utilizing the SERWOCN website, membership email, and state meetings, communicate the availability of educational opportunities for the society. This information should be the most up to date and accurate to ensure increased knowledge and applicability for our professional practice.

Director of Special Projects

Castello, Chris

Castello, Chris

Regional Participation: SER Regional Meeting in Savannah Attendee.

National Participation: WOCN 2017 Conference Attendee.

Qualifications: Nursing Award in Specialty Area - Winner May 2017

Summary: I would be honored to serve with the upcoming board. I served as Secretary for the Florida Student Nurses Association while in ADN school in 1992. With my last child heading to USC in the Fall, I feel that the time is right to begin participating again.

Director of Special Projects

Prinz, Anita

Regional Participation: Anita has been a nurse for 22 years. She became certified as a WOC Nurse in 2001, and obtained a Master's degree in Nursing in 2009. She has written many articles for The Phoenix, presented posters, and published articles on ostomy management and social networking. She has worked in acute care, home care, industry and now currently works as a wound care case manager for a managed Medicare provider. She has been certified in Foot & Nail Care and Legal Nurse Consulting. Anita is very skilled in all things technology; is active on Facebook, Twitter, and helped create a mobile App related to wound care.

Qualifications: Anita loves to travel and has attended many international events. As a member of the World ET Nurses Association, she attended the 2016 World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2014, she attended The University of Salford Wound Care conference in Manchester, UK. She has volunteered in Honduras with TayLORD Health providing foot and nail care. She has volunteered at the UOAA conferences and Rally for Youth.In addition, Anita is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and is a level 3 Healing Touch practitioner.

Summary: Anita is a dedicated WOC Nursing professional for over 15 years and has the energy and enthusiasm to fulfill the role of Director of Special Projects for the Southeast Region WOCN. Her creativity, education and experience will be a great asset to this position. Her goals for office are to simply become more active at the Regional Level, learn more, and give back to the Society that has given her so much.

Secretary

Graham, Angela

Graham, Angela

Regional Participation: Current SER Secretary - first term

Qualifications: Birmingham Area WOC Secretary for 2 years; active member of both local and regional WOC groups.

Summary: I am the current SER WOC Secretary and have truly been blessed with this position. I have grown both professionally and personally by being able to participate in our regional group and develop relationships with board members and region members. This has been a learning experience. I have a deeper appreciation for the impact WOC nursing has both on our patients but on us as professional members of a larger group of WOC clinicians with a true passion for patient care and advocacy both for their care but also for our own professional growth and future roles in health care. I take the position very seriously and wish to continue to serve another term to continue to learn/grow and support our dynamic region by serving as our Secretary and performing my duties to maintain accurate record keeping. Serving on the board has enlightened me to the varied roles we can take to support ourselves and our patients. It has enlightened me as to the huge undertaking it is to provide a regional conference and how blessed we are to have such a dynamic team/board with state support to provide excellent education to our members. I am proud of the SER Region and proud to serve you, the members and ask for another opportunity in the coming year.

Secretary

Hogan, Shawn

Hogan, Shawn

Regional Participation: As a member of the NC WOC Nurses' Group, I had the privilege of serving as treasurer for 3 1/2 years. I also maintained and updated the NC WOC Nurses' Group website for approximately four years.

National Participation: I have not had the opportunity to serve at the WOCN national level yet, but I look forward to future opportunities.

Qualifications: As a WOC nurse with the VA Healthcare System, I have had a multitude of opportunities to work toward improving WOC care delivery to impact patients' lives and outcomes. I served as the chairperson of the VHA National Wound Care Integrated Product Team (WCIPT) for 8 years and as a member for 10 years. The WCIPT is a specialized team responsible for working within VHA policy to standardize to the maximum extent possible the types and kinds of supplies and equipment it purchases, consistent with clinical and practitioner needs. Responsibilities and duties within this chair position included strengthening communications with contracting teams and negotiating for premium quality wound and ostomy products and supplies. This position required detailed minute-keeping as these details were used by contracting to draft solicitations and to set forth minimum technical requirements for products and supplies. I coordinated frequent and routine conference calls with VA Central Office, contracting officers, and team members and planned team product evaluation meetings. I am a teachable person and I enjoy learning and applying new knowledge. It is rewarding to see how I can grow as a person from learning and how it improves my ability to assist others in becoming more knowledgeable and capable in their own pursuits.

Summary: As your Southeast Region WOCN secretary, the most important skills I can bring are motivation, organization, discipline, and dependability. I understand that this is a volunteer position, and I am prepared and determined to give the team my best and to improve myself and the position along the way. My goals for office of the secretary are to consistently meet and exceed the duties of this office and to be an active and diligent team member. I'm sure I have much to learn, but I am confident I can be a valuable asset in my contributions to the position as well. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to serving as your secretary.

Treasurer

Davidson, Martha

Davidson, Martha

Regional Participation: SER of the WOCN® Society Conference Chair 2011, SER WOCN Treasurer 2012, SER WOCN President Elect 2013-2014, SER WOCN President 2015-2016, SER WOCN Past President 2017.

National Participation: WOCN Society Finance Committee 2017

Qualifications: I have a working knowledge of the SER and its finances through my experiences as Treasurer, President Elect and President of the SER WOCN. During this time I have actively been involved with the SER budget development and oversight.

Summary: Our organization has become more financially secure these past 5 years, and the board has steadily increased giving back to the membership by ways of scholarships, awards and educational materials. I would like to continue working with our region's Board as Treasurer, with the hope to continue to provide guidance on financial security of our Region.

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Nominations Committee

Position Name / Qualifications

Alabama

Armstrong, Amy

Armstrong, Amy

Regional Participation: I have been an active member of our local Birmingham Area WOC Nurses group since 2011. I served as the Communications/Newsletter Reporter for Alabama from 2013-2016. I have assisted with the planning of our local conferences and been a presenter. I have been part of the education planning committee for the 2014 SER WOCN Conference in Alabama.

National Participation: I have been a member since 2011. I am a peer reviewer for the JWOCN.

Qualifications: I am also a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and have a love for quality improvement!

Summary: I would like to help increase Alabama WOC Nursing participation in state, regional and national arenas to benefit our profession and our patients. We are a passionate, dynamic, and diverse group of nurses who can have a positive impact across the healthcare spectrum. I want to encourage others in Alabama to become active and make a difference.

Florida

Paez, Nancy

Paez, Nancy

Qualifications: President emerita, Baromedical Nurses Association; Presented: "Newer, More Complicated, More Expensive = Better or Not?"; "Cost Effective Wound Care: How Much for How Much?"; Published: Hyperbaric Nursing. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. 2013;36 (3); Managing Chronic Wounds at the Cellular Level: Diabetic foot, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. I provide advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine training to nurses at Healogics Nurse Education course monthly.

Summary: I have been a CWCN since 2001 and have been practicing wound care ever since, in various capacities from in-patient to out-patient, from staff to clinical manager to director. I have been in over 200 wound care centers across the country, learning what clinicians are doing, why they do it that way and how it's working. I lecture at conferences and work diligently to ensure that nurses are heard across the venues in which we all practice. As we continue to move toward patient experience and quality measures determining the course of care, nurses have the opportunity to provide invaluable expertise and experience to the teams that will be delivering wound care and I believe that by seeking out and identifying nurses who can provide a strong voice will assist nursing to maintain a leadership role in our field of choice.

Florida

Philbin, Shawna

Philbin, Shawna

Regional Participation: This will be the first time requesting a position for SER

Qualifications: CWOCN since 1994, WOC Society since 1994, BLS current, Lead WOC position currently and last 2 years. FAET for 20 years

Summary: My goals for holding a position on the nominations committee will be to uphold finding the best candidates for the positions for office and coordinate well with the rest of the team

Georgia

Danahy, Jill

Danahy, Jill

Regional Participation: Have not held office previously. Attend the SER WOCN Conferences.

Qualifications: I have been an RN for 31 years, and a CWOCN for 14 years. I am currently enrolled at Walden University pursing my Master's in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner.

Summary: I am running for the office of Nomination Committee Member for Georgia. My desire is to serve my region and the WOCN as a whole. This will be my first position. I have been a WOCN for many years and want to give back to the region and serve my fellow nurses. I feel well prepared to support the Nominations chairperson with the voting process in Georgia and to solicit excellent candidates to serve.

South Carolina

Blanton, Nina

Blanton, Nina

Regional Participation: I have served in various offices and committees. Most recently I served on: I have served in various offices and committees. Most recently I served on: SER WOCN Society 2013 Conference Planning Committee, SER WOCN Society 2013 Conference Poster Committee. I am presently serving on the SER Nominating Committee and Conference Planning Committee.

National Participation: National Ostomy Committee 2012-2014. Content validation reviewer for Peristomal Hernia Best Practice Document (2011).

Qualifications: I have experience early in my career as an ICU nurse at Emory University. I got my Masters of Nursing at the University of South Carolina and became a faculty member. I taught at the University of South Carolina for 9 years. After leaving there I began my career as an ostomy nurse. The role quickly expanded to include wound care. I felt the need to get further education and the certification to do the work that I was already doing. I took the NEP at Albany Medical Center and took the certification exam. I have been active in the IAET/WOC Society since I became involved with wounds, ostomies and continence. I have enjoyed the WOC/ET role.

Summary: I have been active in the organization since it was the IAET in the 80's. I have served in various offices and committees. I am presently serving on the SER Nominating Committee and Conference Planning Committee. I feel that the WOCN Society has been of enormous help to me through the 35 years that I have been a member. I would like to help the organization continue to be there for the new WOC Nurses joining now. I feel that I can do that by continuing to serve on the SER Nominating Committee.

South Carolina

Kneece Harris , Valerie

Kneece Harris , Valerie

Regional Participation: My abstract ("Introduction of a Pressure Injury Dedicated Nurse to Reduce Hospital Acquired Pressure Injury Rates at an Academic Medical Center in the Southeastern United States.") was accepted for poster presentation at the 2017 Southeast Regional WOCN Conference in Knoxville, TN. I attended the Southeast Regional Meeting at the 2017 WOCN Conference.

National Participation: I attended the 2017 National Conference in Salt Lake City, where I presented my poster entitled "Introduction of a Pressure Injury Dedicated Nurse to Reduce Hospital Acquired Pressure Injury Rates at an Academic Medical Center in the Southeastern United States." National conference was a fantastic experience, a whirlwind 5 days to explore innovations in practice and have a "think tank" for improving patient outcomes. I enjoyed networking too; it's refreshing to be around so many people with a shared interest! This area of specialty nursing, with its trials, tribulations, and triumphs that unite us, further cemented my interest in serving the Southeast Region of the WOCN.

Qualifications: My abstract was also selected for Poster Presentation at the 2017 National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel National Conference, the 2017 Lowcountry Nurses Research Conference, and won 3rd place in the Poster Contest for National Patient Safety Week at the Medical University of South Carolina.

In addition to my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (cum laude, Research Honors graduate, Sigma Theta Tau), I hold Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Biology. I was named a Hispanic Health Initiatives Scholar and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing. I also completed both a Global Health Studies Fellowship and an Inter-professional Education Fellowship.

I have served on 2 hospital wide committees here at MUSC, the Nurse Alliance Rewards and Recognition Committee and the Epidural Policy Revision Task Force.

I am currently the co-coordinator for our hospital wide SKIN (Surface, Keep Moving, Incontinence, and Nutrition) team. I am responsible for validating pressure injuries during the quarterly prevalence survey, which has led to decreased rates. Since June 2016, the rates of hospital acquired pressure injury (HAPI) at MUSC have outperformed national benchmarks for large academic medical centers 2 out of 3 quarters. I am in charge of recruitment and retention of SKIN Team Members.

Summary: I play the dual role of Certified Wound Care Nurse and Pressure Injury Preventionist in my hospital. I am tasked with reducing our hospital-acquired pressure injury rate and educating staff on best practices for pressure injuries. It's a challenging role that I relish!

I want to be a part of the nominations committee because I am new to Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing and want to lean-in to the experience. I am eager to get to know more WOC nurses from my region and expand my knowledge of our shared field. I like to employ humor and puns to deliver my message. While pressure injury prevention is a serious cause, a little laughter can go a long way in on-boarding staff and implementing change. This is particularly important when remediating high risk units (those not meeting their hospital-acquired pressure injury, or HAPI, benchmark). Not one ever wants to feel like they are being punished for being "un-HAPI" and feeling "under pressure" to cover up their mistakes. I strive to change that mindset through Just Culture and a few choice plays on words. It's about emphasizing their strengths and discovering opportunities for change, a true collaboration in care across the disciplines! My goal as a nominations committee member is to help bring my talented fellow WOC nurses out of the woodwork and into the spotlight, particularly in my home state of South Carolina! We have so much underutilized talent in the SER. We're the biggest WOCN region by membership, filled with potential!

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