President's Message

Hello Everyone,

updated April 3, 2020

I wanted to keep you updated of a decision that the Board and I came to with regards to the plans for our regional conference this coming September 24-26 in Williamsburg, VA. We are in uncharted times with the unprecedented challenges thrust upon us all related to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We decided it would be for the best interest of all to postpone our regional conference till 2021. The hotel that we were working with is closed due to the pandemic, so you will be notified of the new dates as soon as that detail can be worked out. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Conference Planning team and the members of the Hampton Roads Affiliate for all the work they had put in to date on the conference planning. I am sure the 2021 conference will be amazing as we will have chance to come back as a Region, stronger than we were before.

I pray that our region will not be as impacted as adversely as some other parts of the country by the Pandemic. Please stay safe and all my best to you and your families. Thank you for your courage and the amazing work you all do everyday in your practice promoting our specialty.

  • WOCN® National Conference is being changed to an "online experience". More information will be posted as it becomes available at: ww.wocn.org.

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

  • Baltimore posted March 15, 2020 March 18 Meeting CANCELLED
  • Central Virginia updates posted March 14,2020
    Stepping Stones to Excellence in Wound Care is POSTPONED
    March 18 Educational session is CANCELLED
  • Eastern Shore updates posted Jan. 2020
  • Blue Ridge updates posted Jan. 2020
  • Hampton Roads updates posted Jan. 2020

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Education Opportunities

Rutgers University Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program (WOCNEP) is accepting students for its Fall 2020 class.  more info


Job Postings

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2020 MAR Annual Conference

POSTPONED TO 2021


Public Policy Update


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

Visit WOCN® public policy page for more information

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.