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New England Region

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society
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Message from our NER of the WOCN President Donna Loehner

Presidents Message

February 25th, 2023

I came across a phrase the other day and thought …would it not be great to be involved in an organization that can inspire you to do great things and make a difference in people's lives?

“Embrace every good opportunity you encounter; some will get you informed; others will get you inspired…"

Isn't that why we all went into nursing, to make a difference. Joining a “community” with similar interests and goals can be a pathway to making a difference especially in what we do each day guiding and helping those with ostomies, wounds and incontinence. If family commitments get in the way of getting involved or perhaps time constraints with work and social gatherings prevent you from getting involved, then I challenge you each to vote for those people who can make things happen. Our region will be holding elections this year for President elect and Treasurer. I encourage you to vote for the person you feel best who exemplifies what you feel would be a good fit for these positions.

For those of you who were unable to attend our educational session last month, it was spectacular. Susan Hamilton did a fantastic job teaching us about the care of tubes and drains. She is an amazing speaker and a leader in her field caring for a neonate and pediatric population. Her talk pertained to all levels of care, speaking to my patients as one who cares for an adult population, I learned a lot about the care of Peg tubes and the difference in most tubes. Great Job Susan! I do believe we had quite a few nurses zoom in.

March 22nd will bring you another educational offering titled: Care of the Patient with Lymphedema: Dress to Compress by Gisele Castonguay. You will receive an email invitation for this session closer to the day of the event. I encourage you to join us for a topic that can pose challenges in care of our patients for most of us.

If you are fortunate to attend the National Conference this year in Las Vegas, be sure to stop by for breakfast with your region on June 4 th at 7am. Stay tuned for where we will be meeting.

This October will bring us back to Mohegan Sun October 20-21 for our annual Fall conference. We will be bringing you more information at a later date regarding speakers and agenda. This past year was amazing with our new venue and phenomenal speakers.

Well, I just wanted to connect back with you to let you know your board is working behind the scenes to bring to you education, networking and soon to be a website that has a new & improved look.

I encourage you to reach out to the board at New England Region WOCN with any questions, suggestions or just to say hello.

Donna Loehner
President New England Region WOCN

The New England Region of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society welcomes you to our website!

The New England Region of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (New England Region WOCN) is an association of WOC/ET Nurses, a division of the National Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse’s Society (WOCN).

Our purpose is to organize and sponsor educational opportunities, support leadership and professional development, encourage evidenced based nursing practice and advocate for the delivery of quality health care to all individuals with a wound, ostomy or continence related issue.

About WOC Nursing:

Wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nursing is a multifaceted, evidence-based practice incorporating a unique body of knowledge to provide excellence in prevention, health maintenance, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitative nursing care to persons with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integument systems. This complex, interdependent specialty encompasses the care of all patient populations across the continuum of care while providing a pivotal role as educator, researcher, and resource throughout the healthcare community. WOC nursing directs its efforts at improving the quality of life for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence concerns.

Whether you specialize in wounds, ostomies or incontinence, all three practice areas offer opportunity for professional growth as well as opportunity to play a pivotal role in the guidance of optimal patient care.

Please browse our website to learn more!

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