Martha DavidsonMartha Davidson

Summer 2016
Dear Southeast Region Members,

In celebration of the beginning of summer, there were many SER of the WOCN® members who traveled to Canada to attend the WOCN® Society and CAET joint conference.  It was wonderful to have 38 SER members attended our regional membership meeting.  North Carolina had the largest representation at 16 members; Florida was a close second at 10 members.
While in Canada, Jennifer Anderson (President-Elect) and I attended the Regional & Affiliate (R&A) President’s Meeting. The Society leadership discussed each R&A needs regarding assistance/guidance on conducting Regional annual educational conferences.  Most of the R&A noted similar challenges with each handling the problems uniquely and individually with regards to coordinating and providing conferences.  The Region had addressed these issues many years ago and has had a Management Firm for the past decade; and last year we hired an Event Planner to also assist each State with the coordination of our annual conferences logistics.  The Society is committed to devise a plan to provide support to the R&A in the future with conference planning.  

During the Society membership meeting, it was announced the Society has 5040 members; 84% of our membership have wound certifications, 46% have ostomy certification and 12% continence certification.  The Southeast Region membership has increased to over 730 members. We remain the largest Region within the Society.

Some hot topics discussed at the Society membership meeting included Bylaw Amendments updates, NPUAP updated terminology and Public Policy concerns.  Kate Lawrence (Past President) and others are working continuously to keep members of Congress informed about WOC issues.  To learn more about Public Policy and Advocacy issues, refer to the Public Policy on the Southeast Region or on the WOCN® websites.

If you haven’t already registered for the 2016 SER of the WOCN® Conference, now is the time to do so. Karen Sanders, conference chair, and her North Carolina conference committees are planning a tremendous program. Our annual conference is the best value around for obtaining wound, ostomy and continence education. Hope to see you in North Carolina this August.

Thank you for all you do to serve your patients, your communities, your colleagues and your families.

Martha Davidson
President Southeast Region of the WOCN Society


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