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Central Virginia Region Information

News updates:

PJ Miller has recertified for wound, ostomy and continence.

On April 22, 2018 the WOCN Central Virginia Affiliate participated in the “Richmond Crohn’s and Colitis Take Steps Walk”.  Eight members of the affiliate manned a booth to provide support and information on ostomy resources and education available in the area. click pics for larger view

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March 22, 2018 - Community Education Program: Click here to see pictures from the event

On March 22, 2018 the Central VA Affiliate sponsored a community education program “March Toward Ostomy Care Excellence.” There were 10 exhibitors detailing their ostomy products, services and community resources to over 60 attendees. The 45-minute “hands-on” portion of the program was lead by the CV membership and allowed great reinforcement of the lecture with immediate impact on attendees’ clinical practice. A WOCN and WOCN-CB table provided resources and information to encourage attendees in pursuing our rewarding profession.

February 13, 2018 meeting: Guest speaker, Jamie Pugh, from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. A presentation was given on resources for clinicians and patients.

When/where are our meetings:

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday in January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November.
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM.
Location: TBA @ local restaurant for dinner, education, business.


  • Each meeting sponsored by industry including a presentation from the company
  • Each meeting journal club from a peer reviewed journal manuscript presented by a member.
  • Each meeting includes a business meeting portion

To Contact Us: please use our contact form



President Carolyn Hasaan, MSN, RN, CWCN          
President Elect Carol Oliver
Secretary Julie Grey
Treasurer Connie Landon
Program Coordinator Vilma D’Mello-Fernandes
Program Coordinator Heather Hedges
Public Policy Linda Droste

Member News, Publications, Awards:

  • Congratulations to Sue Justice and Adrienne Daniel for their wound recertification!
  • Congratulations to Heather Hedges from the VAMC, recipient of "Future is Bright" Award, sponsored by the WOCN® Society!! This award recognizes a new WOC nurse, within his or her first five years of practice, who exemplifies the scope of the WOC nursing as defined in the WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition. Heather will receive compensation to offset expenses to attend the Society's 50th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, from June 3-6, and will be presented with the award during the opening session awards ceremony.
  • Congratulations to Dave Clem for passing his wound and ostomy certification through WOCN-CB
  • Linda Droste, MSN, RN, CWOCN from the Richmond VAMC spinal cord unit has been very busy! She has authored Chapter 2 in Clinical Applications of Urologic Catheters, Devices and Products and is representing the WOCN on the NPUAP Recidivism task force; She is also a WOCN task force member for LEVD Guidelines and a WOCNCB task force member of Job Task Analysis Task Force. Linda is also a member of the National VAMC public policy committee.

Gail Erickson BSN, RN, CWOCN who works for Mary Washington
Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA is a 2018-2019 WOCNCB Board Member.

2018-2019 WOCNCB Board

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Information: An App to help patients/residents for Pressure Ulcer (Injury) Prevention

As a result of the work of a task force on a national Veterans Administration initiative, there is a new mobile App available for pressure ulcer/pressure injury prevention for veterans and their caregivers. However ANYONE, not just Veterans can access this wonderful tool. 

With the app you will be able to:

  • Access resources for pressure ulcer/pressure injury prevention
  • Set reminders to reposition, eat, take medications
  • Use tools for nutrition, exercise, and medication management 
  • Access caregiver support resources 
  • Create journal entries to track pressure ulcers/injuries 
  • Learn more about pressure ulcers/injuries 
  • Create a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider
  • Get immediate help and locate a nearby VA or other medical facility 

For more information click here to view/download the PDF file.