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Lisa Owens


Lisa Owens

Dear MAR Members -

Just checking in to say hello and remind you of some great opportunities available to you.

First, there is scholarship money to be had!  If you are pursuing your wound, ostomy, continence and/or foot care certifications, or if you are going for an advanced nursing degree, take a look at the Scholarship section of the website for details on how you can get your hands some of that support! 

It is never too early to nominate a wonderful WOC nurse for Nurse of the Year.  The NOY tab on the website provides details on how to nominate someone.

Mark your calendars for two fantastic upcoming WOC conferences!  National in Philadelphia in June, where we’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary in a really fun city.  I hope to see all of you there.  Then a few months later in Ocean City we’ll have our Regional conference.  It is shaping up to be a great conference.

Lastly, think about getting involved at the Regional board level.  We have quite a few positions opening up for 2019:
  • President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Director/Communications
  • Director/Social Media
  • Chair/Nominations
There is more information about the election process on the Elections Page.

Check the website often as it is continually updated.  And as always, let’s keep the lines of communication open!  Email me any time!


Lisa Owens, MSN, RN-BC, CWOCN
President MAR
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March 2018

News Headlines

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 MAR Annual Conference

Click to go to Conference Page

Save the Date!

September 28 – 29, 2018

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

Central Virginia Affiliate

Pictures from the April 22nd TakeSteps walk have been posted on our page... (4/24/2018)

Public Policy Update

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

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)

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
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.