President's Message

Joan SullivanHello Everyone,

Updated March 9, 2021

Hello all, I hope everyone is doing fine and has had the opportunity to get your Covid vaccination or at least has an appointment to get one. I fully intended to update my message to you all sooner, but February got away from me. So here we are heading into Spring on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

  • I would like to request that all affiliates submit a picture to our webmaster of your current officers and their names. I would also love for the affiliates to submit any pictures from any new activities you have been able to have. Please share any activities that you may have planned. I know it has been especially difficult for individuals working on their renewal portfolios to find programs to go to for the necessary recertification points.
  • The National WOCN Society Election voting is open on and will close on Monday, March 15, 2021. Please take time to submit your vote.
  • Don’t forget to celebrate your specialty with WOC Nurse Week which is April 11 – 17, 2021 this year. I would love to be able to enter pictures on our website from your various celebrations.
  • The National WOC Society National Conference will be virtual again this year from Thursday, June 24 – Saturday, June 26 , 2021. Please go to the National website to read up on the offerings and see how to register.
  • The MAR conference planning committee has decided we would not be able to successfully hold an in- person conference this year with all the Covid restrictions that are in place. So, we are working on our first virtual conference for our region. The dates with be Friday, October 22 to Saturday, October 23, 2021. The Hampton Roads Affiliate has accepted the challenge of creating this first virtual conference and is working on some exciting presentations. Of course, we will always have a Nightmares session. So, start thinking about any cases you would like to share. Watch our MAR website for updates on our conference.
  • I know everyone has been challenged with keeping their heads above water managing all the very sick and complicated patients that Covid has dealt us. Perhaps you are ready to add some new professional goals in your life. We have many leadership opportunities in the Region, and we could use new voices with innovative and creative ideas to keep the momentum in our region. We have the following opportunities to fill this year.
    • President
    • President- elect
    • Member-at- large Communications Director
    • Member-at-large Marketing/Development
    • Social Media Committee Chair- director at large
    • Secretary
    • Please contact me if you have questions/interest in these opportunities.

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

WOC Nurse Week Logo During Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week 2021, April 11-17, the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) is empowering WOC nurses to shine bright, reflect on, and celebrate the impact they make in the lives of those that surround them each and every day.

As educators, researchers, leaders, experts and caregivers, each WOC nurse has an opportunity to let their unique set of skills shine through and provide a beacon of hope to individuals who suffer from non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinenc.  read more at 

MAR 2021 Virtual Conference

Friday, October 22 to Saturday, October 23, 2021

Details will be posted when information is available

Job Postings:

WOC Nurse at University of Maryland Medical Center

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posted 2/10/2021:
UMM Upper Chesepeak Health - Bel Air, MD
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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.