President's Message

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all taking time for yourselves during these summer months to recharge yourself with exciting vacations and “me” time. I was delighted to see those of you who attended our National WOC Society Conference this past June in Nashville, TN. It was impressive to see the representation of talent from our region with the various posters and content presentations. I am hoping you will be submitting those posters to our regional conference so you colleagues who were unable to attend national can see your exciting works. We should also have a significant number of potential Nurse of the Year candidates for the region based on this exhibition of talent. It is not too soon to get those nominations in.

The time frame to put your hat in the ring for our various open leadership positions is fast approaching. If you are on the fence, please review some of the resources on the National WOC Society page in the R&A resource center. To access these documents, log into the member center first. Then go to the R&A resource center at: There are resources on the role of the president, financial planning and so on. We are always looking for individuals with fresh and innovative ideas. Visit our Elections Page for information and self-nomination form.

The next opportunity for you to network, get infused with exciting educational topics and explore a beautiful part of Maryland is for our Regional conference in October. The Baltimore affiliate along with our Conference/ Education Chair has put together an exciting agenda with talented speakers and varied topics. The details for the conference are listed on our MAR Conference Page.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any ideas or questions for how we can make our region the best. See you in October.

Joan Sullivan, MSN, MAS, RN, CWON

President of MAR

Election Information

Self nominations are now being accepted for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Director - Marketing/Fundraising

Visit our Elections page for more information including role descriptions, benefits and consent forms.

Consents are due July 31st.

Call for Poster Abstracts

We invite you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at our 2019 Mid-Atlantic Region WOCN Conference. Abstracts may describe a clinical research study, a case study/series, or a practice innovation in wound, ostomy, continence care, or professional practice. Please designate the category for your submission.

  • Abstract submissions are due August 18, 2019 in order to be included in the handout website
  • Limit abstract to 300 words

For complete guidelines and instructions, please download this PDF file.

Nurse of the Year

It's never too early to think about nominating someone for Nurse of The Year - the richer the nomination details the better, as it provides a true picture of the candidate. Surely you know of a deserving colleague - nominate your choice for Nurse of the Year from your affiliate!

Download the Nomination Form (nominations are due by August 15, 2019)

  2019 Annual Conference

Mark your calendars!

October 11 & 12, 2019

Hunt Valley, MD

Go to the Conference Page for more information

  2019 Scholarships

Information and application for 2019 scholarships is now available on our Scholarships Page. Applications and supporting documents are due no later than August 31, 2019. Go to Scholarship Page.

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.

The MAR of the WOCN® Society Scholarship Committee is a standing committee of the Mid Atlantic Region. The scholarship program is operated under the auspices of the Mid Atlantic Region of the WOCN, which raises, maintains and disseminates monies and is accountable for the funding of awards.

Scholarships are awarded to deserving individuals who are committed to working in the specialty practice of wound, ostomy, or continence nursing. Applicants agree to support the WOCN Society's mission and the scope of practice for WOC nursing.

Affiliate Updates

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


  2019 Annual Conference

Mark your calendars!

October 11 & 12, 2019; Hunt Valley, MD

Go to the Conference Page for more information

Public Policy Update

Read the Public Policy page
updated by Bernie Rock - February 2019

Visit WOCN® public policy page for more information

Job Postings

Three  job postings

Check the Jobs page for current listings.

Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, VA posted 8/7/19

HomeCall, Baltimore City MD posted 7/19/19

HomeCall - Frederick MD posted 7/19/19

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.