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Central Virginia Region Information

News updates:

On April 22, 2018 the WOCN Central Virginia Affiliate participated in the “Richmond Crohn’s and Colitis Take Steps Walk”.  Eight members of the affiliate manned a booth to provide support and information on ostomy resources and education available in the area. click pics for larger view

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March 22, 2018 - Community Education Program: Click here to see pictures from the event

On March 22, 2018 the Central VA Affiliate sponsored a community education program “March Toward Ostomy Care Excellence.” There were 10 exhibitors detailing their ostomy products, services and community resources to over 60 attendees. The 45-minute “hands-on” portion of the program was lead by the CV membership and allowed great reinforcement of the lecture with immediate impact on attendees’ clinical practice. A WOCN and WOCN-CB table provided resources and information to encourage attendees in pursuing our rewarding profession.

February 13, 2018 meeting: Guest speaker, Jamie Pugh, from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. A presentation was given on resources for clinicians and patients.

When/where are our meetings:

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday in January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November.
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM.
Location: TBA @ local restaurant for dinner, education, business.


  • Each meeting sponsored by industry including a presentation from the company
  • Each meeting journal club from a peer reviewed journal manuscript presented by a member.
  • Each meeting includes a business meeting portion

To Contact Us: please use our contact form



President Carolyn Hasaan, MSN, RN, CWCN          
President Elect Carol Oliver
Secretary Julie Grey
Treasurer Connie Landon
Program Coordinator Vilma D’Mello-Fernandes
Program Coordinator Heather Hedges
Public Policy Linda Droste

Member News, Publications, Awards:

  • Congratulations to Sue Justice and Adrienne Daniel for their wound recertification!
  • Congratulations to Heather Hedges from the VAMC, recipient of "Future is Bright" Award, sponsored by the WOCN® Society!! This award recognizes a new WOC nurse, within his or her first five years of practice, who exemplifies the scope of the WOC nursing as defined in the WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition. Heather will receive compensation to offset expenses to attend the Society's 50th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, from June 3-6, and will be presented with the award during the opening session awards ceremony.
  • Congratulations to Dave Clem for passing his wound and ostomy certification through WOCN-CB
  • Linda Droste, MSN, RN, CWOCN from the Richmond VAMC spinal cord unit has been very busy! She has authored Chapter 2 in Clinical Applications of Urologic Catheters, Devices and Products and is representing the WOCN on the NPUAP Recidivism task force; She is also a WOCN task force member for LEVD Guidelines and a WOCNCB task force member of Job Task Analysis Task Force. Linda is also a member of the National VAMC public policy committee.

Gail Erickson BSN, RN, CWOCN who works for Mary Washington
Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA is a 2018-2019 WOCNCB Board Member.

2018-2019 WOCNCB Board

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Information: An App to help patients/residents 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 for pressure ulcer/pressure injury prevention for veterans and their caregivers. However ANYONE, not just Veterans can access this wonderful tool. 

With the app you will be able to:

  • Access resources for pressure ulcer/pressure injury prevention
  • Set reminders to reposition, eat, take medications
  • Use tools for nutrition, exercise, and medication management 
  • Access caregiver support resources 
  • Create journal entries to track pressure ulcers/injuries 
  • Learn more about pressure ulcers/injuries 
  • Create a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider
  • Get immediate help and locate a nearby VA or other medical facility 

For more information click here to view/download the PDF file.