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Lisa Owens

Joan Sullivan


Dear MAR Membership,

Hello again, I hope everyone is well as we venture into the summer months.  It was wonderful to see how many from your region were able to attend the National WOCN Society 49th conference a little over a week ago in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Our region kicked off the conference with a MAR breakfast meeting that 25 members attended. The talent from our area was well demonstrated at this conference with the 7 posters submitted from our region as well as members who did presentations and helped out with various programs.

Poster Presentations/Case Studies/Abstracts:
CS02 Instillation Therapy and Its Effects on Wound Healing – Deanna Zaganas, BSN, RN, WOC & Dana Balassa, BSN, RN, WOC – BWMC, Glen Burnie, MD

A Sweet Solution: The Use of Medical-Grade Honey on Oral Mucositis in the Pediatric Oncology Patient – Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON – Norfolk, VA

Support Surface Standards Initiative: Standards Published – Kristen Thurman, PT, CWS, Rosalyn Jordan, MSc, BSN, RN, CWOCN, WCC, & Evan Call, MS – Washington, DC

  A Journey of Excellence Achieving the Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification in Wound Care – Ann Roberts, BSN, RN, PCCN, Tara Beuscher, DNP, RN-BC. GCMS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, Melissa Parker, RN, CWOCN, Elizabeth Longwell, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Julie McAuley-Gonzales, BSN, RN, CWOCN – Charlottesville, VA.

Implementation of Cost-effectiveness Practice for Reducing Both Pressure Injury and Healthcare Worker Injury During Patient Repositioning – Deanna Zaganas, BSN, RN, WOC, Dana Balassa, BSN, RN, WOC – BWMC, Glen Burnie, MD

Driving Down Trach-Related Pressure Injuries – Margaret Hiler, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Dot Goodman, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Ashna Saxena, MHA, and Jenna Riley, BSN, RN, CCRN – MGUH Washington, DC.

Change in Practice to Decrease Use of Internal Fecal Management System – Jeanne Arseneau, MSN, RN, CWOCN – MSFSMC, Rosedale, MD.

Congratulations to Dot Goodman, Margaret Hiler and their group for winning for not only their poster, but also for their abstract. 

Congratulations to Deanna Zaganas & Dana Balassa for winning for their poster

The motivational speaker for this year’s conference was Sam Glenn who talked about, “It’s all starts with Attitude.” He said, “We need to connect to what inspires us, gives us life, energy, enthusiasm, and that attitude of growth every day.” I can certainly attest that working with such a dynamic group of individuals as we have in our region is truly inspirational and makes me proud to be a part of this nursing specialty.

Thank you for your continued support as Lisa and I navigate through our changing roles. Please feel free to contact Lisa or myself at any time.

The next activities we have coming up in our region are:

  • MAR Elected Positions – Treasurer and Director at Large2 Marketing/Fund raising nominations submitted by 8/12/17, with online voting in September.
  • Submission of Nurse of the Year - nominee’s to be submitted by August 31, 2017
  • MAR Annual Conference – “Change the Future with Knowledge”,
    October 13 & 14, 2017 @ the Clarion Inn, Fredrick , MD

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

June 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

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)

Call for Candidates
Have you ever thought of taking your participation the MAR of the WOCN® Society to an even higher level?   There is no time like the present get involved and make a difference. Deadline for nominations/consents has been extended until August 12, 2017. Click here for information

Call for Nurse of the Year Nominations
Surely you know of a deserving colleague - nominate your choice for Nurse of the Year from your affiliate! Nominations due August 31, 2017.
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Lisa Owens and
Hillary Stamps...
Congratulations to Lisa and Hillary for being published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing
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Job Postings

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is currently looking for an experienced nurse to be part of our dynamic Wound Ostomy Continence (CWOC Nurse) Team.
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Nurse Specialist (Wound Care) in Fort Belvoir, VA - This position is at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) wound clinic. It is mostly outpatient with inpatient consults as well.
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2017 Annual Conference

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

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2017 VCU Stepping Stones...
September 28 - 29, 2017
Presented by VCU Health Wound Care Team,
VCU Health Continuing Medical Education, &
VCU Health Department of Education & Professional Development.
Richmond Marriott Downtown
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA

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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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