President's Message

Joan SullivanHello Everyone,

Updated January 2022

Well, here we are in 2022, a new year and new challenges. I hope you all had an opportunity to celebrate and take time for yourself during the holiday season. A new year is always filled with anticipation of new experiences, goals, and adventures. It was my dream that we would be putting Covid-19 behind us, but with the new variant, etc. we are being stretched yet again, to face this new onslaught. It is important that we strive for self-care physically, mentally, and emotionally. Nurses historically do not do a good job of self-care. So, I recommend making it a goal this year to check in on a colleague and see how they are doing.

I am sure you have come up with creative ways of getting your work done, so jot those ideas down and it could be a topic for an article or a poster for the conferences in 2022. WOCN Society is planning to have the national conference in Fort Worth, Texas this year June 5-8th. This is the one we do in partnership with the WCET society. They are looking to have a virtual option as well. Registration will be opening soon.

The MAR is planning to have our regional conference in person this year and it is being sponsored by the DC affiliate. The conference planning meetings will be starting the 3rd Wednesday this month and will occur every month till August. The conference will be held in September 2022. The dates are the 15th & 16th. We will be posting updates about it on the MAR website.

Our new board members : Ferne Elsass President-Elect, CJ Crane Secretary, and Tonnie Warfield Treasurer have been sworn in. I would like to commend Judy Stasuk for the phenomenal job she has done as the Treasurer for the past two years. I would also like to thank Ferne Elsass for the excellent job she did as our Secretary for the past two years. We are in the process of updating our board members on the MAR website. You will see that we still have leadership opportunities available, so please reach out to me if you have an interest in any of them.

Another position that we are searching to fill is that of our Webmaster. Bernie Haberer who has worked with us these past years, is retiring in March. He will have big shoes to fill, but if you know of anyone who does this type of work, please send me their contact information.

I would like to commend you all on the vital work you have done in serving our patient population during these demanding times. You all make me proud to be part of this specialty. I look forward to working with you in my last year as the President of the MAR. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Take care and stay safe.

Joan Sullivan, MSN, MAS, RN, CWON/ President of MAR


Job Postings:

Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has several openings

Click here for Information


Public Policy Update

Visit WOCN® public policy page for more information


Affiliate Updates

Click on the Region Name for more information

We want your News!
If you have any news to share, please use the contact form for either Director of Communications, or for your specific affiliate.

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 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.