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Lisa Owens


Lisa Owens, MSN, RN, CWOCN

Dear MAR Membership,

As we put a close on 2017 I want to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday!  We say good-bye to three very special ladies!  Lindsay Baldaras- Baca, our past secretary, has earned her advanced practice degree and is moving across the country to pursue a new and exciting career.  Lou Ann Rau, conference co-planner, is doing very special nursing work and commuting back and forth to Asia!   And finally, a special thank you to Pat Hynes for her years of service in the role of By-Laws Chair, as we retire that Board position. 

We have quite a few transitions in the works as we look ahead to 2018.  I will resume the role as region President for one final year.  Joan Sullivan is once again President-Elect (she will resume the President role for 2019/2020).  Claudia Thomas moved out of the Marketing/Development position and into the role of Treasurer.  We welcome Wendy Surguy into the Marketing/Development role.   Ferne Elsass is our new Secretary, having resigned her position as Public Policy co-chair.  Happily, Bernie Rock continues in the now solo position of Public Policy chair for our region.   Gratefully, Susan Currence, Joanne Biddix, and Harriet Pilert remain in their roles as Nominations, Communication, and Membership chairs, respectively.  And finally, Linda Arundel, conference planner extraordinaire is already busy with conference planning 2018.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our Region as well as your dedication to those patients and families we care for.  We strive to offer our members enrichment in their specialty roles as wound, ostomy and continence nurses!


Lisa Owens, MSN, RN-BC, CWOCN
President MAR

December 2017

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.

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2018 Regional Ostomy Conference

Registration now open! Save the date: May 4 - 6, 2018. Hosted by Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia, LLC and it's satellite: Mary Washington Healthcare Ostomy Connections Support Group, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Download updated information and registration forms. (updated 1-24-2018)

2018 Annual Conference

Click to go to Conference Page

September 28 – 29, 2018

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
10100 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842

WOCNCB looking for Volunteers

WOCNCB is seeking volunteers to serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) for a Job Task Analysis (JTA) Committee for our wound, ostomy, and continence certifications. Your role will include defining and validating the domains and task statements to describe the job responsibilities of each nursing specialty, as well as defining the knowledge and skills that are required to perform the tasks competently.

If you are willing to serve as an SME for the Job Task Analysis, please download and fill out the volunteer form and forward it with a copy of your C.V. to WOCNCB Executive Director, Cindy Lemek, She will then follow-up with additional information.

Job Posting

Inpatient Program Director in Lanham, MD.
see more on our Jobs Page (posted 1/31/2018)

Public Policy Update

How a Bill becomes a Law Step by Step.
Click here to download PDF file. (2/13/2018)

Central Virginia Affiliate

New information has been posted on our page... (1/22/2018)

Resources in the DC area

New resources in the DC area posted on 10/27/17. Go to our Resources page...

New App 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...
Additional information. (posted 10-12-2017)

New Web Page
Per request of the membership present at the Regional Meeting during WOCN® Conference in Salt Lake City, we have added a new page for Posters and Abstracts. Click here for Posters Page (posted 6/9/2017)

Lisa Owens and
Hillary Stamps...
Congratulations to Lisa and Hillary for being published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing
Read more on our Resources page...

MAR Logo Public Policy
Read the Public Policy page update written by Ferne Elsass
(posted 10/26/2017)

WOCN WOCN® Advocacy and Policy

Visit WOCN® public policy page for more information