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by: Angela Dye

Greetings from Georgia!

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

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 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 (open 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.

Please share your news: (open contact form)

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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!

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.

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by: Barbara Dale

Greetings from Tennessee!

Virtual Ostomy 5K-Worldwide.

Participate in the “Virtual Ostomy 5K” on Saturday, October 6 to celebrate World Ostomy Day with your own 5K at your favorite place to run or walk. No fee to enter. See the attached link for more information on how you can raise funds or donate personally to help you UOAA continue to provide resources, educational materials, advocacy and support to the ostomy and continent diversion community. Download the Invitation PDF. Additional race 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 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.

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. (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

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 8/23/2018

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.

The Cleveland Clinic Florida is holding its First Annual Wound and Ostomy Symposium on September 29th, 2018. The Symposium will be a full-day of didactics and hands-on practice geared to disseminate knowledge in Wound and Ostomy Care. It's open to nurses and allied professionals

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 Orlando Health group has been busy with providing educational programs to the nursing staff. According to Committee Chair Karen Guritz, they presented an all-day wound symposium on skin assessment, Braden scoring, pressure injury prevention, and distinguishing wounds from pressure to non-pressure related, including IAD. It was well received from the 100 nursing attendees. Additionally, three programs on ostomy care, VAC, and skin at risk (utilizing their established skin care protocols to minimize injury), each 2 hours long, were presented. Sounds like a busy and engaged group.

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.

Teri Robinson, NOM of Florida Hospital Orlando, states “Since 2017 our team has been busy precepting students. We are extremely happy to grow our profession! We have graduated 5 nurses: 1 wound certified, 2 CWOCN ARNPs, and 2 CWOCNs.” Currently they have 3 new nurses in the Emory program doing preceptorship at Florida Hospital. Emily Eubanks has completed her practicum and is waiting to get final pass from Emory then taking her boards. Allison Mott also just completed her practicum and is waiting to take her boards. Nella Ciciulla is doing her practicum presently. Also, Rosalyn Barnabee will be attending this year’s SER of the WOCN® Society’s 42nd annual conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. This is her first conference, and she’s so excited!

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.

Nancy, Amy, and Rhonda will be hosting, on Aug 21st, a ConvaTec-sponsored Community Ostomy Workshop for the staff of the local home health agencies. As Rhonda stated “This workshop is designed to increase their knowledge of ostomy care – supplies, application, physical and psycho-social needs.” Nancy Scott and Amy Beightel participated in an educational urostomy –video production – led by Dr Gilbert, Moffitt Cancer Center Urology Surgeon.

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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