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by: Barbara Dale

Greetings from Tennessee!

One of our beloved long time Nashville group WOC nurses, Janeen Lee, has retired. Two years ago Janeen reduced her full time load down to consultancy status and now she is officially retired. Janeen has been around a long time. She graduated from nursing school in 1967! After working various settings as a registered nurse, Janeen went through the full scope WIX program in Pennsylvania in 1996. She worked as a CWOCN at several Nashville area hospitals before going to KCI as a clinical consultant for post-acute care. Janeen worked for KCI for 10 years full time then over the last 2 years as a consultant. Janeen leaves behind a legacy of robust integrity. Anyone that knows her knows that she is always so very compassionate about patients and outcomes. In her retirement, she will enjoy her family and the 9 grandchildren. We wish Janeen the very best that life has to offer as she has given so much of her life to the care of others. Fifty years in nursing and 20 as a WOC nurse! posted 4/5/2018

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

The UOAA 5K may be held in Nashville this year – stay tuned!

Becky Smith from the Pouch Place is retired and loving it.

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.

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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 the Sunshine State!

I hope the holiday season was good for you, full of family and friends. 

The Florida Association of Enterostomal Therapists (FAET) had their 40th annual conference entitled “Stop the Madness”, (Alice in Wonderland themed) Feb 9-10, 2018, in Orlando, FL. It was a HUGE success with 150 attendees. It started with 2 excellent workshops on Friday. One was a Support Surface workshop that looked at the ins and outs of what really goes on inside the support surface. The other workshop was on fistula funnels and crowns. This was a hands-on workshop featuring the new fistula crown product. 

The remaining 6 sessions on Saturday were as stimulating as Friday. Best practice information was presented by well-known speakers including Dr. Donna Bliss, Dr. Rose Murphree, Kim Saunders, and Suzy Scott.  We had lots of networking, excellent speakers, and presentation of new products from vendors/exhibitors.

Pictures from our conference: click pic for larger view



The 2019 FAET conference will be in the Gainesville area. More information will be provided as available. You are welcome to make plans to attend.

During the annual membership meeting at conference, elections were held for President, Vice President, and Membership Director. Congratulations to Jacqueline Wiseman, President; Amparo Cano, Vice-President; and Rosalyn Barnabee, Membership Director

A new Florida chapter of SUNA is being developed in the Orlando area and is called the Greater Orlando Metro Chapter. If you live in the Orlando area, would like more information, and/or are interested in joining this chapter, please contact either Sara Roubert at sara.roubert@flhosp.org or Kathryn Dere at kathryn.dere@orlandohealth.com.

If you have any news to share please feel free to contact me. I would like to applaud your accomplishments. I will be going to WOCN conference in Philadelphia this year; please come find me at the SER get together.

Kathryn Dere (Kathryn.dere@orlandohealth.com)

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by: Angela Dye

Greetings from Georgia!

We are getting excited about the weather warming up and for the upcoming national and regional conferences.

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 at Angela.Dye@nghs.com, or our HR representative at Melissa.Henson@nghs.com for more information.

Wellstar: Amy Little, MSN, CWON, RN & Yvette Mier, MSN, CWON, RN are planning to attend National WOCN conference. Please look for their poster presentations!

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 Aileen Ankrom at aileen.ankrom@emoryhealthcare.org

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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!!!

I hope that everyone has had a great start for 2018.

SAVE THE DATES: September 20-22, 2018. Southeast Region of the WOCN Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach.

ImageThe Conference planning committee, chaired by Renee’ Epting, is in full swing to finalize the details for the upcoming SER of the WOCN Conference. We hope that all of you will attend this informative conference. It is an awesome way to network with fellow WOC nurses. The conference is scheduled for September 20th through September 22nd at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. All Hospitality Committee members will need to plan on being at the hotel on Wednesday, September 19th in order to assemble the conference bags. More information will be coming!!!!

We hope to see you in Myrtle Beach in September!

Valerie Harris, BSN, RN, CWCN from the Medical University of South Carolina passed her Ostomy (COCN) and Continence (CCCN) certification exams on March 9, 2018! She also attended the WOCNCB Job Task Analysis meeting in Milwaukee, WI in March. This meeting revamped the content onlines for the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence exams. posted 4/11/18

Mary Kate Skinner has moved back to her home town of Greenwood, SC. She has joined Amy Surrett and Tena Jordan at Self Regional Healthcare. Welcome home!!!

Cindy Norris, BSN, RN, CWOCN has successfully completed her recertification in all 3 specialties. Way to go Cindy!!!! Cindy would like to give special recognition to Kathy Meyer, Certification Manager for the WOCNCB for being so very helpful every time that she needed clarification of information for her recertification. “Kathy is truly an asset to our certification board and is a dedicated, professional who always responded to my calls in a very timely manner”, as stated by Cindy.

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.  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.

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