The Mideast Region Board Thanks the Indianapolis Conference Planning Committee for putting on a great conference. Thank you to the conference attendees and our industry partners as well.
A quorum was achieved for the electronic ballot thus the 2015 election was valid. The WOCN® Bylaws/Operating guidelines were accepted and will be practiced moving forward. The Board positions were unopposed this year and results are as follows:
Linda Stricker – Treasurer
Director 1 – Debra Crawford
Director 3 – Kate Zimnicki
I express my sincere Thanks to all the Board and committee members both present and past, for their dedication to serve the Mideast Region.
Some concerns that were voiced at the membership meeting included the need for increased conference planning support from the MER Board. Anyone on the Board would be happy to assist in any way we can. Director 3 is the point person for conference planning support. We discussed the likelihood that a conference/event planner would make sense to ease the burden of the state that is planning the conference. The board plans to submit a RFP to compare pricing for this endeavor. We will contact our national office to provide guidance as well. 2016 MER conference will be held in Louisville, KY on 9/29-10/1. 2017 will be in Michigan!
The Board will meet early in the year for a leadership retreat to define the Directors and Committee chairs roles and responsibilities and to perform the work that is needed to sustain the region.
The MER website is noted to be outdated. The board will submit a RFP to help with selection of a webmaster and website that is more user friendly to the region. Currently you can obtain contact information for the Board members on the site under the “contacts” link.
We discussed putting the membership meeting minutes on our website. They will be in a PDF format. The minutes will need to be accepted by the membership prior to being posted. The Fall minutes are voted for acceptance at the June membership meeting and the June meeting minutes are voted for acceptance at the Fall membership meeting.
The membership may request a PDF of the MER Operating Guidelines. Please send requests to the President-elect.
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.
Last Update 12/14/15 Mideast Region of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society