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Florida Kathryn Dere

by: Kathryn Dere


updated 2/10/2019

Hello from Sunny and cooler than usual Florida. I hope the holiday season was good to everyone, filled with family, friends, joy, and fun.

2019 FAET conference logo

The FAET (Florida Association of Enterostomal Therapists) is gearing up for their annual state conference in Gainesville May 31 and June 1, 2019. For more information, go to FAET.org to see agenda, speakers and to register.

For those of you that are SUNA lovers, we have a chapter in the Orlando area called Greater Orlando Metro Chapter - SUNA. We meet every other month at a restaurant, sponsored by a vendor. For more information, please contact me at Kathryn.dere@orlandohealth.com. And did you know that the SUNA conference will be in Orlando this year? The date is September 20-23 at the Disney Springs.

It is with sad thoughts that I share with you the passing of one of our dear friends and well known WOC nurse - Judy Papen. She lived a long and colorful life that spanned not only Florida but around the country. Patti Haberer, a longtime friend of Judy’s, has provided a little history and you can read it here.

If you have any news that you can share such as meetings, lectures you’ve given, posters, etc, please let me know. I love to brag about our Florida Folks.
Kathryn Dere (open contact form)

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Georgia Regina Wilson

by: Regina Wilson

Greetings from Georgia!

updated 06/18/2019

The inpatient WOC nursing department at Northeast Georgia Medical Center would like to welcome two new employees. We are thrilled to have TWO new Kelly's in our department.

Kelly Turner Kelly Turner, PTA, RN, CWON works in our inpatient Gainesville and Braselton campuses. She has a 30 year background in inpatient and outpatient wound care working as a PTA at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany GA. Kelly set a goal to become a WOC nurse so she earned her nursing degree in 2013 and became a CWON in 2016. Kelly joined NGMC in January of 2016 as a CWON case manager at the The Wound Healing Center at our Lanier Park Campus. In February of 2019, Kelly transferred to our inpatient WOC team, fulfilling her 10 year goal to become an inpatient Wound Ostomy Nurse. She and her husband Ron have been married for 35 years. They have two daughters and two grandsons. They are enjoying their move to the North Georgia mountains and love to spend time with their two beagle pups- Ella and River. They also love to fly-fish and visit shops and restaurants in the area. Welcome Kelly, T!

Kelly HaneyKelly Haney, BSN, RN has been a nurse since 2012. She received her ASN in 2012 from North Georgia College & State University and received her BSN from University of North Georgia in 2014. Kelly is currently enrolled in Emory University’s WOC program and is planning to finish in August 2019. Kelly has been a member of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center team for 8 years. She has been married for 2 years and has three fur babies. Kelly is looking forward to her new career in wound care! Welcome, Kelly, H!

2019 Conference:

Georgia is excited to be hosting the 2019 SER of the WOCN conference in Columbus, GA this fall on October 3-5. Please make plans to attend conference this year! visit the conference page for details

Consortium Announcements:

*If you know of a company who would like to sponsor an educational consortium, please contact me: contact form

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North Carolina

North Carolina North Carolina

by: Donna Brickman

News from North Carolina

N.C. has a new SER of the WOCN reporter, Donna Brickman. Please forward your professional news to Donna using the (contact form. Thanks to Donna for taking on this role.

Lara Leininger and Lisa Jenkins of UNC, Chapel Hill had their poster submission accepted for the National Conference. It is entitled “Enhancing Self-Care of New Ostomy Patients: Preoperative Ostomy Class”.

Brenda Rutledge's poster entitled: “The Effect of WOC Nurse Educational Interventions on Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries in ICU” was a group effort to educate our staff on existing pressure injury prevention and interventions and to think proactively instead of waiting till an event occurred. That unit has significantly reduced their HAPI rate over the past year.

Job Openings: Cone Health has a job opening for a certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse. UNC Chapel Hill will have a full time position posted soon

OTA Program News: Cone Health, in Greensboro, is now offering the OTA program.

Please share your news: (open contact form)

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South Carolina

S. Carolina Valerie Harris

by: Valerie Harris

Greetings from South Carolina

updated 06/13/2019

Image of group Recently, Valerie Harris traveled to Washington, DC as a member of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. There, the group met with staffers for Senator Richard Burr (NC) to solicit his support for the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, the Disability Integration Act, and to oppose adding ostomy supplies to competitive bidding for CMS. For more information, please visit https://www.wocncb.org/public-policy.

The updated outpatient clinic list has been updated and shared with the SC group. If you need a copy, please contact Glenda Brunette

Please contact your state reporter with your professional news updates: (open contact form)

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Tennessee Barbara Dale

by: Barbara Dale

Greetings All!

Dena Claninposted 2/7/19
Please join me in congratulating Dena Clanin on her WOC Nurse certification December of 2018. She completed the program at Emory University last year. Dena has worked in many settings since her nursing career started in 1992. She is part of the WOC Nursing team at West Tennessee Health. The rest of her team has some good things to say about her, such as " Dena is a great addition to our team as a WOC Nurse. She is very knowledgeable, thorough, compassionate, a team player, loves to educate and is not afraid to ask questions when needed!" Way to go Dena!

As a Committee, we endeavor to provide meetings that contribute in meaningful and relevant ways to our practice. We are deeply invested and committed to supporting our practice development and to each other! Please feel free to share your thoughts with us as to what you want to see at a future group meeting.

Looking forward to WOCNext in Nashville June, 2019 and hoping everyone got their abstracts in timely!

Please send your news – we know there are great things going on in Tennessee! If anyone is interested in taking on the state reporter role, please contact Barbara Dale. (open contact form)

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Alabama Melanie Jacobs

by: Melanie Jacobs

Alabama Greetings!

posted 3/28/19
Image from Project Homless Event The Central Alabama WOCN Nurses’ Association participated in Project Homeless Connect in Birmingham on March 16th. This is the 5th year the group was present to provide foot/nail care to the homeless of the City of Birmingham. The project served almost 600 guests this year. Other services were provided by various volunteers included legal services, medical exams and grooming services.

Click to view the photo highlighting several of the hardworking individuals for that project.

Our Leadership:

  • President: Cynthia P. Hill
  • Vice President: Brigitte Vola
  • Secretary: Marla Wilson
  • Assistant Secretary: Cynthia Cunningham

Please share your Alabama news with us: contact Melanie Jacobs

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