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
The Pacific Coast Region is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Gene Galindo Memorial Award
The Pacific Coast Region is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Gene Galindo Memorial Award. The Gene Galindo Memorial Fund was established in August, 2006 to pay tribute to an individual who was dedicated to improving the life of individuals with ostomies. He gave unselfishly of himself and his talents to clients whenever there was a need. The fund will help to provide financial support to qualified individuals to promote those endeavors that are noted as worthy to continue his dream to educate, assist, support and promote a better quality of life for individuals with ostomies. Ostomy certified nurses from all regions are eligible to apply for the $400 award which helps fund projects/programs to improve quality of life for ostomates. Details of the award and application process are available on our website: www.pcr.org
The WOCN Society has partnered with the 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions division to offer the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety for WOCN Society members. This award recognizes an individual or team for creating and sustaining a successful skin damage prevention program that demonstrates positive clinical outcomes, teamwork and knowledge transfer.
Win a trip to attend the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference!
The WOCN Society will award the winning program team with a complimentary trip to the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference, June 6-10, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. An individual or up to four members of the winning team will be invited to attend the conference, with the award covering conference registration, airfare and lodging.
Nominated individuals or team leaders must be a CWOCN, CWCN, or CWON. Members of the team must be licensed health care providers or members of the facility's management/leadership team.
To view the complete eligibility requirements, click here.
It's Easy to Nominate
All submissions will be accepted on the WOCN Society website at www.wocn.org. Click on the "Award for Excellence" banner.
The submission site opens today, January 23, 2015, and will close on March 16, 2015. Click here to learn more and nominate someone online.
Center for Clinical Investigation of the
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
2015 Call for Proposals for Member’s Research Grant!
The Center for Clinical Investigation (CCI) of the Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for one 2015 Member’s research grant in the amount of $10,000. If you are a registered nurse and current member of the WOCN® Society, you are eligible to be a Principal Investigator of this grant, and are invited to apply. Eligible international members may also apply.
Through this grant, the CCI and the WOCN Society aims to expand the existing research base for WOC nursing practice and facilitate WOC nurses to be engaged in research as clinical investigators.
The 2015 WOCN Society Member’s Research Grant funds studies that aim to improve health outcomes of patients with WOC problems, strengthen the evidence base of WOC nursing practice, and enhance the delivery of WOC nursing care.
Studies the CCI is interested in funding include but are not limited to those that increase knowledge about WOC nursing interventions promoting patient health and well-being, describe the epidemiology, issues, and impact of WOC health problems and the need for WOC nursing care, and evaluate the benefits of WOC nursing on health care delivery. WOC nursing interventions may relate to nursing assessment, prevention, and management.
Studies that include diverse or underrepresented populations, in various clinical settings, or strategies that are culturally sensitive, advocate for patients, or increase health literacy and patient/family care capacity are welcome.
Studies that investigate comparative effectiveness of devices or products, medical procedures, or pharmacologic trials are of low priority.
Notice of Interest! Please submit a Notice of Interest e-mail anytime before the grant submission deadline to Linda Dahle, Program Associate (email@example.com) when you are considering applying for a 2015 Member’s research grant. This is not a commitment, and you can notify CCI later if you change your mind. This will enable CCI to send you any updates or resources to assist you. Please include the following information in the Notice of Interest e-mail:
Principal Investigator Name
Topic you are considering studying and title of proposal
A statement of the purpose of the study
Please check the WOCN® Society website for information (http://www.wocn.org/ResearchFunding). The submission deadline is Monday, February 9, 2015 by 4:30 p.m. (CST). There will be no extensions of this deadline.