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 Election of Directors


Profiles are now posted on the
Candidates Page

Voting closed September 8th.

Results will be announced at Conference.

Nurse of the Year

Nominations were due by August 15th. Recipient will be announced at Conference.


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2018 Mid-Atlantic Region Conference

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Save the Date!

September 28 – 29, 2018


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

Early Bird rates ended August 30th

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

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.
Additional race information can be found at:

Job Postings

Check the Jobs page for 4 current listings.

new posting as of 10/12/18

Public Policy Update

Read the Public Policy page
updated 9/27/18 by Bernie Rock

Visit WOCN® public policy page for more information

Online Education

Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden’s Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) Nurse Certificate program ~ deadline to apply for the Fall Semester is August 30

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(PDF file)

posted 7/25/18

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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 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.