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Joan Sullivan

Joan Sullivan


Dear MAR Membership,

Hello again, to all the talented and energized members of the Mid-Atlantic Region for the WOCN Society. It was exciting to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones at our Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in October. The Conference planning team knocked it out of the park once again for developing such a dynamic conference. Thank you to all the members who shared their posters at the conference. They were very high quality and educational. I would also like to extend my thanks to Barbara McWhinney and the members of the Western Maryland Affiliate who hosted the conference this year. Next year we will be moving from the mountains to the shore with the Eastern Shore Affiliate chairing the conference.

In addition, thank you to all the members who took the time to nominate a candidate for nurse of the year. Sue Creehan was our winner for the Nurse of the Year this year. The other amazing candidates that were nominated and are winners in their own right for their recognition by their peers were; Sheryl Bailey, Ferne Elsass, and Dot Goodman.

I would like to extend best wishes to all of you as we enter into another busy holiday season. I hope you are all able to slow down some and enjoy your time with your family and friends. The challenges continue around us, but this is our opportunity to recharge and renew.

Thank you for supporting me as the President of the MAR. In January I will be resuming my President- elect role and Lisa Owens will return to the President of the MAR position.  2018 offers new opportunities for us all.

I will finish with a quote from Johann Wofgang von Goethe:

"Whatever you do or dream you can do—begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”

Kind Regards,
Joan Sullivan, MSN, MAS, RN, CWON
President MAR

November 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.

News Headlines

2017 Annual Conference

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Was held October 13 – 14, 2017 in Fredrick, Maryland

See highlights and information on the Conference Page

Central Virginia Affiliate

Pictures from our 11/14/17 meeting have been posted on our page...

Resources in the DC area

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

2018 Regional Ostomy Conference

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. See flyer for additional information. (posted 10-12-2017)

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