Jennifer Anderson,

The SER of the WOCN® annual conference, “CHOOSE TO SHINE ... CHANGE THE WORLD! WOC NURSES - LEADING THE WAY!” held in Knoxville, TN at the end of September was filled with engaging speakers, expert presentations and peer networking. A HUGE “Thank You!” to the hard-working Tennessee conference planning committee led by Anne Rodgers, conference chair, for orchestrating a successful conference.

We greatly appreciate our conference exhibitors for their support of our region. They help keep our membership up to date on product innovation and educational information. Please note the links (on the right side of our website’s home page) showcasing our generous Diamond, Silver and Gold sponsors for our conference. With our exhibitor and sponsor support, the SER of the WOCN Society can maintain annual conference rates at a very affordable fee.

I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the conference! This year the board voted to improve the quality of the conference bag and include a gift to our members. Included was a copy of “Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (Injuries)” for each conference attendee. There were 200 attendees at conference this year!

Kudos to our 5 conference scholarship winners who were each awarded $1200 to help defray their conference expenses: Kristy Gentry, Stephanie Grant, Hannah Hogan, Deborah Nelson and Aimee Quillen.

Heather Thompson (Emory) and Keatah Brooks (WEB WOC) were both recipients of a WOC nursing educational program scholarship. Laurie Crookenden, who is a graduate student in the MSN Community Health/Public Health Track at University of North Carolina and Maria Kotula Deininger, who is a graduate student in the MSN in Education track at Western Governors University; both are recipients of advance practice nursing scholarships.

Katie Smith (NC) from was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award for an exceptional WOC nurse with less than 2 years’ experience. Trudy Huey (NC) was awarded the Nurse of the Year Award. Congratulations to you both!

Martha Davidson was deservingly awarded and pleasantly caught off guard when she was presented the Tennessee State Recognition Award. Congrats!

We had 16 posters on display at conference this year with the opportunity for 1 extra CE for viewing. Prizes were awarded for our top 3 posters. First-place ($1000) went to Tina Baum, MS, CNS, ACNS, BC, CWON - Utilizing Silver-Plated Fabric with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs in Healing Acute and Chronic Wounds. The second-place poster ($500) went to Susan Scott, MSN, RN, WOC Nurse; Debra Fawcett, PHD, RN; Deena Guren, MSN, RN, CNOR, CNS-CP; Cassendra Munro, MSN, RN, CNOR - Perioperative Pressure Injury Prevention (PPIP) Toolkit. In third place ($250) was Jamie Wyatt, BSN; Thomas Miller, MSN; Natalie Hurst, BSN - Not All Scales are Created Equal in Critical Care. All posters are available for viewing on our 2017 posters webpage.

Congratulations to all our conference winners and recipients of the awards!

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the board if you have questions.

Thank you for your dedication to your Society, patients and colleagues!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Anderson
Southeast Region of the WOCN® Society



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