President's Message

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone enjoyed  the holiday season. It is hard to believe that 2020 is here. We had a successful Regional Conference in Baltimore/Hunt Valley in October and I would like to thank all of you who attended and supported this event. Kudos to the Baltimore Affiliate and our conference planners for this successful event.

We will be bidding some board members farewell in 2020. I would like to express my thanks to Claudia Thomas our outgoing treasurer and Wendy Surguy our outgoing Member-at-Large Marketing/Development Director for all the great work they did for our region during their years of service. In 2020 Judy Stasuk will take over as our Regional Treasurer and Beth Laramore will assume the Member-at-Large Marketing/Development Director role.

I am pleased to say that we were able to provide scholarship funds to two members of our region: Bridget Ahern and Jennifer Wolferman, this year.

The MAR board is working on revision of the descriptions for the various positions on the board, so that potential applicants can have a better understanding of what the various roles entail. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about these leadership opportunities. We do welcome any individuals who might want to partner with a current member in a position as a mentoring opportunity for that position. We do currently have the President-elect position open and I am open to any creative ideas anyone has on how we can mentor and fill this position.

The board is also working on streamlining the Nurse of the Year (NOY) nomination process and the Scholarship application process. We want to make it an easier process, so members of the region will feel more comfortable with participation in these endeavors. We are also looking for members in the region who would like to be on our NOY review committee as well as a Scholarship committee. Please forward me your contact information if you are interested.

Some important events coming up in 2020:

  • WOCN® National Conference will be in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday June 7 – Wednesday June 10, 2020. Registration will open for this in January.
  • MAR Conference will be in Williamsburg, VA, Thursday, September 24 – Saturday, September 26, 2020.

I look forward to working with all of you this coming year. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns. This is your region and we want to support you in your professional and clinical endeavors.

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me on any topics related to our Region.

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

Financial Sponsorship Available

Financial sponsorship funds are intended to support Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse related trips, events and/or education (this DOES NOT include WOCN or APNP educational support; see the Scholarship Information) Fund allocation is determined solely by the MAR Board and is based on fiscal status and other pertinent considerations.  ...more information

Scholarships Available

Because of the awareness of the growing need for wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurses throughout the world and a strong belief in the continued growth and success of WOC nursing, Mid Atlantic Region of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) has established a program to award educational scholarships. The partial scholarships are made possible through contributions from the Mid Atlantic Region of the WOCN® Society.  ...more information

Affiliate Updates

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Plans are already in motion for the 2020 MAR WOCN Annual Conference. The conference will be hosted by the Hampton Roads Affiliate and held September 24-26, 2020 at the Double Tree Hilton in Williamsburg, VA. We hope to see you there!

2019 Annual Conference

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The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Region WOCN Society Annual Conference was held October 10-12 in Hunt Valley, MD and was hosted by the Baltimore Affiliate.

Many thanks to Linda Arundel and Lisa Owens, this year's conference chairs and to the entire conference planning committee: Joyce Onken, Jeanne Arseneau, Sue Currence, Melanie KIarner, Rachel Moseley Bernadette Rock, Wendy Surguy, Melissa Venker and Cindy Walker.

For more wrap up information please visit the Past Conference page.

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Public Policy Update

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updated by Bernie Rock - October 2019

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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.