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by: Sonya Hicks

Birmingham Area WOC Group News

Newly Elected Leaders!!

We would like to welcome and support our recently elected leadership as follows:

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

We thank you each for taking time out of your busy work schedule to support our group and our profession!

Newly Certified !!

Jennifer M. Bishop recently certified as CWCN.
Sara Streety has passed her boards for her Nurse Practitioner certification.
We are very proud of your accomplishments! Congratulations.

Travel and Professional Involvement !!

Karen Edwards of UAB just returned from Windsor, UK as part of the “Peristomal Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury (PMARSI) Consensus Congress”.

The panel was represented by 9 countries! It was facilitated by Dr. Mikel Gray and sponsored by Hollister. Consensus statements were agreed upon by panel members and will be published in JWOCN when editing completed. Karen expressed that it was very exciting to share variations in practice of ostomy care in each country and she was honored to be a panel member!

As usual, Karen has represented our group well

Upcoming Events !!

Summer Workshop - August 29, 2018

UAB West Pavilion Conference Center 2nd Floor, Room E 7:30-4pm
Vendors will be in the West Pavilion Atrium on the first floor.

Our focus this year will be wounds, with potential topics such being larval therapy for wounds, legal issues regarding wounds, negative pressure wound therapy, pediatric wound care and lymphedema just to name a few. CEs will be provided.

Our target audience is any health care professional who deals with wound management or is interested in gaining knowledge in wound care.

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by: Kathryn Dere

Hello from Sunny Florida!

posted 12/27/2018

The Cleveland Clinic Florida will soon have two more additions to their WOCN Florida community. They are Michelle Harris- Farrell and Christy Izquierdo. They both completed the Cleveland Clinic Ohio WOC Nursing Program and their preceptorship at The Cleveland Clinic Florida.

FAET LogoNicole Leonard was the beneficiary of a $500 FAET scholarship and is working as a CWOCN at the James A. Haley V.A. Hospital in Tampa.

Orlando Health also welcomed 4 new additions to the Orlando WOC nurse community. Jacqueline Wiseman from Titusville joined the Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) team. Erica Leeper and Pai (Tara) Krug both completed The Cleveland Clinic Ohio WOC Nursing Program and their preceptorship at Orlando Health. Erica works at ORMC, Tara works at Dr Phillips Hospital (DPH). Alisha Houk completed the Emory WOC Nursing Program and her preceptorship at Florida Hospital Orlando, and is working at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. They have an additional member of the team, Alexandra Fleurima, who will begin The Cleveland Clinic Ohio WOC Nursing Program in January and her preceptorship at Orlando Health. She will be working at DPH.

The Greater Orlando Metro Chapter of SUNA® is a growing entity with bi-monthly meetings and a journal club. The chapter is open to any SUNA member within a 50 miles radius of Orlando. Anyone interested, please contact Kathryn at kathryn.dere@orlandohealth.com. News Alert! National SUNA conference will be in Orlando fall 2019. This is a great way to obtain those continence PGP points.

The WOC nurses and CNS at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL completed a trial of the PureWick™ external FEMALE catheter, a Bard product, which is an option to avoid indwelling foley catheters and promote CAUTI reduction. The CWOCNs, Nancy Scott, Amy Beightel and Rhonda Musgrove, are developing a poster to describe their experience.

Additionally, from the Tampa Bay area, Dana Kasper and Jean Neptune have recertified as CWONs. DeeDee Jones is in the Emory WOCN program. Gina Samion and Ramona Hlis have started a North Tampa Ostomy Support Group at St. Joseph’s Hospital North. They meet every other month, the first Saturday of the month from 10am - 12pm. Their next meeting is in October. Contact Gina at 813-870-4785 or e-mail Gina.Samion@BayCare.org.

It was wonderful attending the national WOCN® conference in Philadelphia. It has been 6 years since I attended a big conference. I saw a lot of new innovations in the exhibit hall and attended several informative lectures. Of course it was great networking and seeing old friends from the past. Send me news clips and pictures of your conference experiences both national and SER.

Kathryn Dere (open contact form)

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by: Angela Dye

Greetings from Georgia!

2019 Conference:

We are excited to be hosting the SERWOCN in Columbus,Ga Oct 3-5, 2019. We have had 3 volunteers thus far to help us with the conference.

We have 3 committees we need help with. They are as follows: Education, Hospitality, Exhibitor. Susan Fincher, Piedmont Newnan is the Conference Chair. If you are interested in helping with the conference contact Susan: (open contact form)

Group Updates and Announcements:

Northeast GA Medical Center in Gainesville is looking for a full time WOC nurse to join our team! It is an easy commute from Atlanta. If you are interested, please contact Angela Dye, CWOCN: contact form , or our HR representative at Melissa.Henson@nghs.com for more information.

General News:

• Congratulations to Khyshmah Ramadhan. She is a proud recipient of one of the 2017 Fall WOCN Foundation Scholarships!

Rose Murphree DNP, RN, CWOCN, CFCN: went on a special mission trip to Cap Hatien, Haiti from December 28th to January 5th with friends who have two orphanages there. Rose assisted several nurse-led clinics during her trip. She shares:

What a special way to help others. Thank you Rose, for sharing your Haiti experience.

Rose mentions that there are multiple ways for WOC nurses to become involved in the clinics in Haiti. Please contact her if you are interested in learning more about these mission opportunities.

Also, Rose is excited to announce she is running for Treasurer with WOCN society this year.

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

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 at reporter.nc@serwocn.org. 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.

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South Carolina

by: Joan Meekins

Greetings from the Palmetto State!!!

updated 12/15/2018

Despite challenging weather, our fall conference was an overall success in Myrtle Beach. Our thanks to Renee Epting and her conference planning committees - great job under difficult circumstances with an outstanding program presented. Photo slide shows are available on the website under the conference tab. Our Facebook page also has photos posted as well.

News from Charleston: Staci Bacon, RN, CWCN is completing the ostomy program at Emory and looks forward to certifying soon. Jacqui Streeter has taken a position at Roper North Hospital. East Cooper Wound Care Center is looking for a wound care nurse - please contact Bobbie Rinnard if you are interested. Trident hospital also has an opening for a WOC RN.

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

We're looking forward to our regional conference in Columbus, GA next October. Please see our website for more information. The conference venue is unique and there are fun activities for your free time - for example, the more adventurous can zip line across the river from Georgia to Alabama!

Research opportunities:
Teresa Kelechi is a CWCN and professor at MUSC College of Nursing. She has been doing nursing projects with people with venous leg and diabetic foot ulcers for over 20 years.

Individuals with venous and leg ulcers are being invited to participate in two projects being conducted in the Charleston, Spartanburg and Augusta areas. If you are interested in participating in these studies, please contact Teresa at: 843-792-4602. The two projects are:

FOOTFIT – special foot movements for people with venous leg ulcers.
This is a study of small movements of the toes and foot to see if they improve the foot and calf muscles. The goal is to help improve walking.

Participants are given a slipper with an accelerometer on it (like a Fitbit for the foot) and a cell phone that keeps track of the movements and provides messages and reminders.  Twice a day, for about a minute or two, the slipper is placed on the foot and the participant performs the foot movements. The project lasts 6 weeks and compensation is $50 to $100 depending on which type of group the participant is assigned.

MUSTCOOL – cooling the area of skin recently healed from a venous leg ulcer or diabetic foot ulcer.
The goal of this study is to determine what type of cooling pack might prevent re-ulceration of recently healed ulcers and help reduce symptoms such as pain, throbbing, aching and heaviness. This project lasts 6 months. Participants put the pack on the affected area for about 30 minutes 3 times a week while elevating their legs. They also measure their skin temperature before and after the treatment.  Participants receive $250.

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

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by: Barbara Dale

updated 11/26/18

Greetings All!

Conference is always a humbling and inspiring event. Please check out the 2018 conference page for all the details of awards and new officers. Tennessee was well represented!

The Middle Tennessee Group of WOC Nurses officers came together in Nashville to start planning for next year’s slate with every other month meetings.

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.

Virtual Ostomy 5K-Worldwide.

The UOAA Run for Resilience Ostomy Awareness 5K was a huge success that at the very least doubled last year, bringing in $13,000 to UOAA. Special shout outs to Deborah Nelson, CWOCN who coordinated the 5K and volunteers Barbara Dale CWOCN, Martha Davidson CWOCN and Pat Ditties CWON. Additional information can be found at: http://www.ostomy5k.org/

One of our beloved long time Nashville group WOC nurses, Janeen Lee, has retired. Two years ago Janeen reduced her full time load

There are job WOC RN openings are Vanderbilt, St Thomas, Centennial and Memphis if anyone is looking for a change of scenery.

Looking forward to WOC Next 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 or Glenda Brunette. (open contact form)

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