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President's Message

Wow! What a conference! I had such a great time in Philly and there were SO MANY highlights. Aside from the great educational offerings and the charm of the City of Brotherly love itself, the MAR was in rare form! I’d like to share just a few of my personal faves…

First of all, the MAR booth was phenomenal! We had a lot of foot traffic and interest to be sure. Many booth visitors filled out the Preceptor survey for a chance to win a fantastic gift basket! The Grand Prize, free registration at the MAR conference in Ocean City in September, was won by our own very own Linda Droste from Virginia. Thank you, Cindy Walker (President, Baltimore Affiliate) for your strong booth coordination efforts! Cindy and I will be collating the data and will be sharing our findings with Membership.

Next, what about the Regional breakfast turn out? Seriously, standing room only! And Chris Berke, Director/WOCN National, commented that our gathering room had the most energy (to be sure)! I was excited for those of you who were first time attendees! I hope you enjoyed yourselves and had an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Just a few parting thoughts…Harriet Pilert, your presence and status as ostomy leader is unparalleled…Claudia Thomas, your spritely energy is contagious…Molly Lemanski, I look to you as a quickly blossoming leader…Ferne Elsass, you are a force to be reckoned with…I’ll leave you with perhaps my absolute favorite part of this year’s conference…and a fun time was had by all!


2018 MAR Election Info!

Have you ever thought of taking your participation in the Mid-Atlantic Region to an even higher level? There is no time like the present get involved and make a difference!

Nominations are now being taken for positions of President-Elect, Secretary, Director of Communications and Director of Social Media. Visit our Elections Page for complete information.

2018 MAR Annual Conference

2018 Conference LogoSave the Date!

September 28 – 29, 2018

Clarion Resort
Fontainebleau Hotel
10100 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842

visit our Conference page


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Upcoming Events

DC Affiliate:

Healthcare-acquired Skin Damage: Beyond the Basics on September 11. 2018.
more information

MAR Conference

September 28-29  visit conference page

Baltimore Affiliate

Ostomy Care: Best Practices 2018
November 15, 2018 more info

Recent Updates

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If you have any news to share, please use the contact form for either Joanne Biddix, Director of Communications, or for your specific affiliate.

Public Policy Update

How a Bill becomes a Law Step by Step.
Click here to download PDF file. (posted 2/13/2018)

Read the Public Policy page update written by Ferne Elsass
(posted 10/26/2017)

Visit WOCN® public policy page for more information

Job Posting

Registered Nurse - wound care see more 

Our Mission:

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.