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Lisa Owens

Joan Sullivan


Dear MAR Membership,

Hello again. Well, we have moved into a new Fall Season. The last part of summer had us see some challenging times with all the Natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Sadly this morning we have awoken to yet more horrific news with the tragedy in Las Vegas. I hope you are all doing well and that any family or friends impacted by any of these events are safe and doing well. The pain we feel during these times is often bolstered by the stories of the ordinary people who do extraordinary things in these challenging situations. As a society we regroup and move on using the challenges we face as an opportunity for growth. I pray we will not continue to have these ongoing challenges.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, “Change the Future with Knowledge” is just around the corner, October 13 & 14th. I am looking forward to seeing you there. The conference planning committee has come up with a dynamic program. It is also a great opportunity to network and share your vast knowledge and experiences. Fredrick, Maryland is located in a lovely area of our state and could offer a great weekend get-away with all the historical and natural sites for exploration for your families while you are attending the conference. We had four candidates nominated for the WOC Nurse of the year this year. Thank you for all the participation in recognizing your peers for this award. All the candidates are winners by just being recognized and nominated. They are an impressive group and coming up with one winner has been difficult. In addition, we will be electing a new Treasurer and Member at Large for Marketing.

Thank you for your continued support.  Lisa Owens and I have made it one of our goals to look for avenues to improve communication across our region. We welcome any ideas that you might have. Lastly I would like to commend you all for the amazing work you doing in our nursing specialty every day. Don’t forget to take at least 5 minutes a day for you to recharge your own spirit.

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

October 2017

News Headlines

2017 Annual Conference

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“Change the Future with Knowledge”
October 13 – 14, 2017
Clarion Inn
Fredrick, Maryland

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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)

Job Postings
VCU Health is seeking a full time manager for the in-patient Wound/Ostomy Team .
read more....(posted 9-21-2017)
Part time WOCN position Outpatient Kaiser Permanente, Conn. Ave, Kensington, MD
read more....(posted 9-16-2017)

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, including her NIWI experience.(posted 6/24/2017)

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.