Greetings! It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2015 is coming to an end. As discussed at the past few membership meetings the National Board has developed two primary documents that all Regions & Affiliates are being asked to adopt in order to institute consistent best practices across all Regions & Affiliates of WOCN.
An agreement outlining the terms of the charter as a WOCN Region or Affiliate
A set of operating guidelines or bylaws to provide a consistent governance framework across the Regions & Affiliates.
Our Regional Board has reviewed the documents and considered all the issues and has approved and entered into the Charter Agreement between WOCN and the Region. Fortunately, the Mideast Region is in compliance with most of the standards set forth in the WOCN’s operating guidelines. There are provisions that may be modified by our Region as necessary to meet our own needs, but otherwise the Operating Guidelines are the governing template for each Region/Affiliate. We may also have policies that are more detailed as long as they are consistent with the Operating Guidelines. The region will send an attachment of the new bylaws/operating guidelines for the membership to review. We will have a formal membership vote regarding the bylaws/operating guidelines changes within the next six months. The Board recommends that the membership approve and adopt the Operating Guidelines moving forward. The guidelines/bylaws need to be accepted by the end of 2015.
Thanks to all who completed the MER Survey Monkey that was sent out in late November. We only had about 18% of the membership respond. Of those, the results indicate that most people use the MER website for conference information and scholarship applications. Efforts are being made to keep the website up to date and interesting. Please visit the website www.mideastregion.org to find current information on the call for proposals for a 2015 WOCNS Member’s research grant, 3M Award for excellence in safety and a Gene Galindo Memorial Award. Enjoy the rest of the winter!
Lisa Kirk President, Mideast Region of the WOCN Society
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 10/22/15 Mideast Region of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society