I hope you are all staying well and enjoying Fall so far. While I consider myself to be more of an eternal summer person, I still find that the beautiful foliage, trips to the local apple orchards and pumpkin patches, and of course, Halloween brings me so much joy! As the seasons change, the WOCNCB® continues to stay busy.
October 1st was Ostomy Awareness Day. There were many WOCNCB® Board of Directors, committee members, and certified nurses who joined with the UOAA to spread the word that Ostomies Are Life-Savers! I enjoyed seeing all the posts on social media from the WOCNCB® Team, who, along with their pets, participated in the Worldwide Virtual Ostomy 5k, and from WOCNCB® certified nurses who showcased their creativity on spreading ostomy awareness to end the stigma of a stoma..
A Job Task Analysis (JTA) is in progress for the WTA-C®. I want to thank each of the volunteers who have taken the time to participate in this important activity to help us ensure the certification exams are relevant to current practice. The JTA is also a key part of developing the exam content outline, which is a useful reference when studying for the certification exam.
The WOCNCB® understands that events may happen which create uncertainty in life. For those who are due to recertify and were impacted by the recent hurricanes along the US/Canadian East coast, Florida, and Puerto Rico, please know that we are here to help. This may be through a certification expiration date Credential Extension, replacing damaged WOCNCB® certificates, or our Benevolence Fund. If you are planning for retirement yet unsure if you may need to return to the workforce, consider applying for the Retired Status. For those who are unable to fulfill the requirements for recertification due to experiencing personal illness or injury, their responsibilities as a caregiver for a family member, or relocation, the Inactive Status is an option that allows them to return to certified status!
The WOCNCB® will be exhibiting at the 2022 Magnet & Pathway Conference in Philadelphia. If you plan to attend, stop by and see us at booth 1040!
Jessica Simmons, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CWON, DNC
Welcome New WOCNCB® Board Members!
From left to right: Kathryn "Kathy" Khandaker will start a new four year term in January 2023, Cathy Wogamon-Harmon is currently a WOCNCB Board Member and was re-elected and will continue to serve the board thru 2026. Thank you for volunteering your time to the Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care nursing specialties!
Certified Nurses Make a Difference PSA Campaign!
WOCNCB is proud to be a part of the Certified Nurses Make a Difference TV Public Service Campaign from the National Certification Corporation (NCC). This PSA helps patients and families understand that certified nurses can provide information, support, and guidance for them as they navigate the health care system through every stage of their life. Distribution for the PSA includes broadcast and cable TV, Connected TV, Marketed YouTube, Hulu Streaming and more. Watch and share!
Effective September 18, WOCNCB’s testing company, Scantron, has been acquired by Meazure Learning, so when you contact them regarding your exams or you receive emails from them, you will now see Meazure Learning throughout their communications. Meazure Learning was created through the merger of ProctorU and Yardstick, who were both providers of online proctored exams. The same service staff WOCNCB worked with at Scantron have continued in their positions with Meazure Learning, so there will be no interruption in service to our applicants and test-takers.
WOCNCB Team Celebrated Ostomy Awareness Day
WOCNCB® team members joined to Celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day on October 1, 2022 by participating in UOAA's 2022 Virtual Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k! The Ostomy 5k event is a key fundraiser to support the programs and services of United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA). UOAA’s goal is to raise awareness and share the message that “Ostomies Are Life-Savers!” To learn more about the event and donate click here. Pictured below: WOCNCB Board member Cathy Wogamon-Harmon and with her dog Vadar in Florida and Board member Sarah Erslev with her dog Luna in Colorado! Thank you to all who participated in this amazing event!
Next PGP Office Hours - November 9th
Learn More About PGP - Attend PGP Office Hours!
Join WOCNCB volunteers for PGP Office Hours, where you can ask questions in real time and learn more about the PGP process and resources.
This is an informal session, please drop in via Zoom anytime between 4-6pm CDT Wednesday, November 9th to ask questions face to face.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 836 8561 9793
Check out useful tips and pointers discussed during PGP Office Hours sessions in PGP TIPS!
WOC and Foot Care Nurses @ Desert Foot!
Earn an estimated 24 CEs! A great value for nurses with special registration fee of $99.00. The conference is focused on evidence-based and best practices to improve:
WOCNCB Certified Nurses presenting:
To learn more about the CE offerings and sessions visit Desert Foot.
WOCNCB will be exhibiting in-person, stop by booth #1040! Virtual and in-person registration available. Learn more & register
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