President's Message

Joan SullivanHello Everyone,

Updated June 1, 2021

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. We are moving quickly towards the summer season. Hopefully you are starting to see your numbers in Covid-19 patients going down and restrictions are started to be lifted and some semblance of normal life returning.

With that being said, the next exciting educational opportunity on the horizon is the annual National WOCN Society conference which will still be virtual starting on Thursday, June 24th and running till Saturday, June 26th. The registration fee is $199.00. I hope you will have the opportunity to attend. There are many great offerings in this conference. Please if you are presenting a poster at National, don’t forget we would love you to share it with us at our regional conference.

The conference planning committee along with the Hampton Roads Affiliate have been working diligently in planning our exciting virtual conference starting on Friday, October 22 and ending on Saturday, October 23rd. We have been able to arrange for some very dynamic speakers in a very creative on-line platform. Don’t forget we are looking for your challenges to share in our Nightmares session. I have been advertising the logo for our conference on several social media platforms. If you did not recognize her that is our wonderful regional secretary, Ferne Elsass. As soon as we have the final details firmed up, I will be posting them on this site and various social media sites as well as an e-mail blast.

Please think of how you would like to support the professional activities in our Region by considering one of the leadership opportunities that we have:

  • President
  • President- elect
  • Member-at- large Communications Director
  • Member-at-large Marketing/Development
  • Social Media Committee Chair- director at large
  • Secretary
  • Start thinking of who you would like to nominate from your affiliate for Nurse of the Year. We have so many talented nurses in our specialty and we really should be celebrating them.

Lastly, we have scholarship dollars that no-one has applied for this year. The application form is on our website and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you for all the wonderful work you all do,
Joan Sullivan, MSN, MAS, RN, CWON/ MAR President



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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 integumentary 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.