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Alabama Melanie Jacobs

by: Melanie Jacobs

Alabama Greetings!

11/7/19 Group PictureThe Central Alabama Wound Ostomy Nurses Association partnering with the UOAA pulled off an epic Ostomy 5K Run for Resilience fund raiser raising $2065.58 for UOAA, on Sept. 28th in Avondale Park located in Birmingham Alabama. There were 66 race participants for the race in addition to over 20 volunteers.

Volunteers consisted of members of the Central Alabama Wound Ostomy Nurses Association, their spouses, the Birmingham UOAA Support Group and supporters from the community.

Race participants out did themselves this year as well. The top runner came in at 20 minutes and 59 seconds. Perseverance and determination were celebrated as well with the last runner timing at 53 minutes and 14.4 seconds. The top female and male ostomates to complete the race were recognized as well. Race participants marked a completion of each lap by running through the giant colon donated by Rumpshaker 5K. The race would have not been a success without support from the community and vendors. The route sponsor was Ponder Plumbing of Sylacauga, AL. Ponder Plumbing provided a generous monetary donation that defrayed expenses to ensure a successful race. Vendors that came out to support the Run for Resilience were Coloplast, Convatec, Hollister and Pack Health. The vendors provided great freebies, snacks and literature for all in attendance.

DJ Fuzzy (Chris Peters) added another dimension to the race by providing great music and entertainment throughout the race. As each participant completed the race, DJ Fuzzy announced their triumph so all within listening distance could cheer and congratulate the runners. Central Alabama Wound Ostomy Nurses Association would like to thank all race participants, vendors and supporters from the Birmingham and surrounding area for their contributions of time, monetary donations, manpower and prayers for a successful Ostomy 5K Run for Resilience. Looking forward to another great race in 2020.

Respectfully submitted in behalf of Central Alabama Wound Ostomy Nurses Association.

Our Leadership:

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

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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!

2019 Conference:

10/23/2019 Just wanted to let everyone know that I had a good time attending the regional conference in Columbus GA. This was my first regional conference and I met great people and learned a great deal. I felt very inspired as a WOC nurse. I encourage everyone to make plans to attend the next regional conference in Orlando next year.

10/12/2019 Georgia is excited to have hosted the 2019 SER of the WOCN conference in Columbus, GA, October 3-5. Thanks to the entire team for putting on a great event.

9/4/2019 Joy Hooper, Tifton Georgia, was thrilled to receive the UOAA's honor being named the WOCN of the Year for 2019. The award was presented at the WOCNext Conference in Nashville and the UOAA National Conference in Philadelphia. Congratulations!

Becky Lyons Dills, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CWOCN, CFCN has recently joined the team at Northeast Georgia Medical Center as a traveller WOC nurse. She is from Knoxville, TN. She became a LPN in 2007, BSN in 2012, attended the WOCNCP at Emory in 2015, FNP in 2019. Her mentor is Dixie Lombardo and she has enjoyed learning from her over the past 12 years. Next year she will be testing for CWOCN-AP. Becky says "I am thankful to work in an area that I love and to know that I make a difference as I aid in healing patients." Welcome, Becky!

Lauren Mixson is also new to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She is originally from Harker Heights, Texas and moved to Georgia in 2007. She attended Emory University for her WOC nurse education and became a CWON in 2016. She is married with 2 wonderful children. Welcome and thank you, Lauren!

Consortium Announcements:

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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.

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South Carolina

S. Carolina Valerie Harris

by: Valerie Harris

Greetings from South Carolina

Our group picture10/29/19 The Charleston WOC nurses recently gathered at Circa 1886 to hear a presentation on ostomy barriers. Nurses from Roper, Roper Home Health, East Cooper, and the Medical University of South Carolina were in attendance.
From L-R: Julie Ross, Jackie Fowler, Staci Bacon, Glenda Brunette, Stephanie Murray, Faith Singleton, Mitzi Finn, Karen Halverson, Lindsay Zimmer, Rebecca Rothemich, Cindy Miller, Valerie Harris, Lisa Stewart, and Karin Crookes.

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

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Tennessee Barbara Dale

by: Barbara Dale

Greetings All!

10/20/19 The SER regional conference in Columbus, Georgia was great. We had 154 attendees at conference, and 70 of them were 1st time attendees. Including 3 new Tennessee members: Terry Postma from Ocoee, Yi Yang from Oak Ridge and Jason Ayers from Crossvile!

Notes from Joyce Black's presentation on Pressure Industry
Determining the timing of the pressure injury Development:

  • Stage 1 - Likely began in last 12 - 24 hours
  • DTI - purple tissue without epidermal loss likely began 49 hours ago
  • Stage 2 - likely began 24 hours ago
  • Stage 3 and 4 - began at least 72 hours ago

If the head of the bed was elevated, and pt gets pi- it will be in a heart shape If the head of bed was flat (OR table)- and pt gets pi- it will be rectangle shape

In the OR, a pi can begin in about 3 hours.

10/20/19 The Nashville Ostomy 5K "Run for Resilience" was held October 12th. For this 3rd annual event, there were over 45 participants including several ostomates braving the very cold wind at Shelby Park to raise ostomy awareness. Hollister, Coloplast, Convatec, UOAA(all the way from Michigan!), and Seven Springs Orthopedics were the vendors at the start/finish line. Hollister and Coloplast were the sponsors! Special thank you to Manny Cuevas and his family and Deborah Nelson and her family for making the event possible and cheering everyone on in the cold! images from our run

10/11/19 Tennessee would like to welcome Dr. Mary Arnold Long to our great state. Dr Long relocated to Gray, TN from Charleston, SC last year. Dr. Long is a long time WOC nurse and has been active with WOCN at a National level for many years. She will also be participating in the WOCN Consensus Conference on Bladder Management Following Removal of an Indwelling Catheter, occurring in November. Please help me welcome Dr. Long to Tennessee!

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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