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regional participation: I've have been active with the SC WOC nurse state group and with regional conference planning three times since 1997. I have volunteered to assist with pre-conference sessions twice, spoken on fistula management, and presented posters. I am currently the Director of Communications for the SER of the WOCN® Society. I was a member of the advisory board for Medical University of South Carolina's Wound Care program until it became inactive.
national participation: I was a member of the WOCN® Society National membership committee from 2012-2014 and more recently was involved in the task force revising the avoidable versus unavoidable pressure injury position statement. I am currently a member of the Guidelines Task Force. Dr Teresa Kelechi and I are revising the LEVD guideline at present. I have presented multiple posters at the annual conference and recently was also published regarding palliative wound care and neonatal ostomy care. I have also been a peer reviewer for several best practice documents and have served as a pilot tester for WOCN Society's CEC educational sessions.
qualifications: I am organized and hard-working. I have experience working with the regional board and management team and was fortunate enough to attend the region and affiliate President's meeting at National in 2017. I have been a registered nurse for over 30 years and have a wide breadth of clinical experience ranging from acute, home care, outpatient, LTAC and industry. I initially was a pediatric nurse at an academic medical center before moving to adult critical care. I returned to school for WOC/foot care education in 1997.
summary statement: I have learned a great deal as Director of Communications and would like to continue grow in another role. It would be my honor to support the SER of the WOCN® Society through continued board service. We are a strong region which strives to support our membership. I am committed to continuing this work.
Director of Awards
regional participation: Poster Presenter at 2017 SER Conference in Knoxville ("Competency of Champions of Skin Integrity...") Summer 2014 to Current: GA Reporter for the SER Newsletter Speaker at 2012 SER Savannah Conference ("Multidisciplinary Approach in Educating Colorectal Surgical Ostomy Patients...") Poster Presenter at 2012 SER Savannah Conference ("It Takes Two to Prevent HAPU") Supported Co-chairs with 2012 SER conference planning and Dorothy Doughty's retirement dinner. Received the SER 2011 "Rookie of the Year" Award
national participation: Attendee of 2014 National Conference in Nashville
qualifications: Currently serve as a registered WOC Nurse Preceptor with the Emory WOCNEC. I network with many WOC nurse students and help them navigate in their early careers
summary statement: Serving on the board has been a professional goal of mine since becoming a WOC nurse in 2010. Our organization is full of incredibly unique and talented individuals. We play extraordinary roles in the lives of patients, their families, our colleagues and other healthcare professionals. To serve as Director of Awards would provide me an exciting opportunity to network within our profession. I would be honored to play a part in helping this special work and these individuals be represented and awarded. I sincerely hope to be the next Director of Awards for our Southeast Region!
Director of Awards
North Charleston, SC
regional participation: Nominations Committee: January 2018-present
national participation: Poster Presenter: 2017 WOCN National Conference Poster Presenter: 2018 WOCN National Conference National conference is a fantastic experience, a whirlwind 5 days to explore innovations in practice and have a "think tank" for improving patient outcomes. I enjoy networking too; it's refreshing to be around so many people with a shared interest! Attending conference further cemented my interest in serving the Southeast Region of the WOCN.
qualifications: In addition to my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (cum laude, Research Honors graduate, Sigma Theta Tau), I hold Bachelor 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 Interprofessional Education Fellowship.
summary statement: The Director of Awards is tasked with coordinating our hallmark awards. My goal is to continue this honored tradition. The awards we present each year are important. We need recognize those among us that go above and beyond. I look forward to helping in this process! I have done a lot of work with Reward and Recognition in my own hospital system, first as serving on the Healthy Work Environment Council and then as coordinator of our hospital-wide Skin Survey team. In 2016 I founded an awards ceremony for our Skin Team called the Iceberg Awards that seeks to recognize those with Outstanding Commitment to Pressure Injury Prevention. Valuing someone's hard work is a way to reduce burnout and remind us why we are WOC Nurses! I have been privileged to represent South Carolina as a member of the Southeast Region's Nominations Committee. I have enjoyed getting to know more of my fellow SER-WOC Nurses and can't wait to meet more! It would be an honor to serve as the Director of Awards!
Director of Communications
regional participation: Poster presenter at 2 SE-WOCN Conferences
national participation: Ran for WOCN Nominating Committee. Poster presenter at WOCN conference in Montreal. Poster accepted at the 50th annual WOCN conference in Philadelphia.
qualifications: Current social media coordinator for the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami Dade. Nominating Committee for SNRS 2013-2015
summary statement: I serve as the Social Media Coordinator for the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami Dade. Oversee the website, email blasts, Facebook and Twitter pages. As a Wound Care APRN in active practice, I also provide in depth clinical knowledge to the position.
Director of Communications
regional participation: Attended many SERWOCN conferences over the past 20 years. Volunteered for the SERWOCN conferences held in Alabama
qualifications: Have participated in the local WOC Nursing organization, working on local workshops and conferences.
summary statement: I would strive for effective communication between the Southern states that are part of the organization in a timely and professional manner. I would like to gain participation from many more members of the society. The newsletter is important in getting news to the members and celebrating the accomplishments of each person and I would contribute to it to the best of my ability. I would also be a liaison to the national organization when needed.