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South Carolina

by: Joan Meekins

Greetings from the Palmetto State!!!

updated 2/15/2019

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!

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!

We will be having a symposium on Saturday, April 27, 2018 titled ‘Optimizing Care for the Patient with an Ostomy’. Here is more information and registration.

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

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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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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

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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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by: Angela Dye

Greetings from Georgia!

2019 Conference:

updated 3/12/2019

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!

Group Updates and Announcements:

Hannah Cleveland, BSN, RN, CWON has recently passed her Wound and Ostomy certification exams! Hannah works in the inpatient WOC nursing department at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA. Hannah will be attending her first SER conference this fall in Columbus. We are so grateful for Hannah's sweet spirit and dedication to her patients and WOC nurse team. Congratulations, Hannah!

Consortium Announcements:

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

We are looking for a new reporter for the state of Georgia! This is a great way to get involved at the regional level and network with your fellow WOC nurses. I've really enjoyed serving as reporter these last 4 years. It helped me learn about the SER organization and was definitely a stepping stone to my new role serving on the Board as Director of Awards. If you are interested or for more information, please contact using this 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.

Please share your news: (open contact form)

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