Message from our President ~
We had a blast in Winston- Salem, NC as we were “Bouncing Back, Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care.” The SER WOCN® board assisted our fabulous Director of Conference Planning, Angela Graham with setting the tone for a grand affair. The 2023 conference chair, Susan Dunzweiller and the NC planning committee, did an awesome job with over 140 registered attendees and 51 exhibitors. A very sincere gratitude to all exhibitors to include 1 diamond, 3 gold and 3 silver sponsors. The Renee -Epting poster session included 15 posters for judging. SER WOCN® awarded 6 conference scholarships, 1 scholarship for advance practice and 1 for WOC education. This year’s Rookie of the Rear (ROY) is Kristen Cowperthwait, – UNC Rex Healthcare, NC. The Nurse of the Year (NOY) is Lauren Mixson, – Northside Forsyth Hospital, GA. The State Honoree Award selected by her NC peers was presented to Cordelia Lucas- Sherrod, President- Elect SER WOCN®. In addition to the recognition, the ROY, NOY and State Honoree, were presented with $250 as part of the award.
Our newly elected board members starting January 2024 are Hannah Cleveland- Secretary, Deborah Nelson-Treasurer, Bryan Duttman- Director of Conference Planning and Sonya Hicks- Director of Special Projects. The 2024 conference planning committee is “Building Bridges in the Scenic City: Expanding WOC practice” August 22-24, 2024 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Holly Brellenthin will serve as conference chairperson. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer opportunities.
I did bring forth the latest reorganization updates during the business meeting. The focus of the reorganization is an “opportunity to introduce new technologies, practices and methods to increase operational efficiency & provide equal distribution of resources for the benefit of all members.” Visit wocn.org/membership/regions-affiliates/ for more information.
As we navigate through the changes, I want you to know we are a strong community of members who remain united as the best region/chapter of WOCN® Society.
Cynceré Neal, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWCN
President SER WOCN®