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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.


Ann Stone, President MAR WOCN

President’s Message

Welcome to the MAR WOCN website! We have just completed another very successful, excellent fall conference in Richmond, Virginia. If you haven’t attended one of our conferences, I would highly recommend that you consider saving the date for next year in Frederick, Maryland. Stop back often to check for additional information. I would like to thank co-chairs Linda Arundel and Lou Ann Rau as well as the entire Central Virginia Affiliate committee for their hard work in creating a fabulous learning opportunity for us all!

We welcomed new officers into our Board at conference. Outgoing officers included myself, as President, Jane Fellows, secretary and Rhonda Holbrook, Member at Large for Communications.  New officers include Lisa Owens, President; Joan Sullivan, President Elect; Secretary, Lindsay Balderas-Baca and Joanne Biddix, Member at Large for Communications. Welcome new Board members! Running for office or being a chair for a committee is an excellent way to become more involved in the region and a great way to give back to our Region!

We also named a Nurse of the Year for 2016 at conference. This year, Phyllis Green won this very prestigious honor. Please click here for more information about Phyllis.

This is my final President’s message as I now turn over the Presidency to Lisa Owens. I would like to thank the region for affording me this opportunity. It has been quite a learning experience!

As we move into this holiday season, may you all have a blessed time with family and friends!

My best to you all!


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2016 Conference

Thanks to all our attendees and exhibitors for making this year's conference a success!

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2016 Nurse of the Year
Phyllis Green

Congratulations to Phyllis Green, BSN, RN, CWOCN.

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Member Spotlight

Tara Beuscher, Blue Ridge Affiliate, received the 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award!
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Scholarship Information

Scholarship News!
~ 2016 Receipients

Congratulations to the four 2016 Scholarship Recipients

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