IN THIS ISSUE: President's Message | LifeLINK | Awards Spotlight | Certifiable Faces | Helping Hands
Recently nurses have been standing proud in support of their honorable career. Kelley Johnson, RN also known as Miss Colorado performed a monologue about being a nurse for the talent portion of the Miss America pageant. The next day her performance was ridiculed on The View. The negative statements made by several of the show hosts gave nurses a platform to support one another and to raise awareness about what it means to be a nurse. From the question from one of the hosts, “Why is she wearing a Doctor’s stethoscope?” a Facebook community was born, “Show Me Your Stethoscope.” This is a closed group where over 700,000 nurses were invited by other nurses to join and share pictures of their stethoscope. In my nursing roles, I don’t use a stethoscope on a regular basis. The pieces of equipment that I do use regularly include:
Did you know the nursing profession is listed among the top ten of most prestigious professions? Nursing has been included in the top ten most admired professions for a number of years. I admire Kelley Johnson for sharing how she made a positive impact on her patient by being just a NURSE. I bet each nurse has a similar story, I know I have several. The patients and/or residents that nurses interact with on a daily basis rely on our professionalism and part of that professionalism includes maintaining our licensure and our specialty certifications. After hours of study and hands-on care of patients with chronic wounds, treating patients with new ostomies or ostomates having issues with achieving desired pouch wear time. And also working with patients experiencing urinary and fecal incontinence all of this went into achieving my personal and professional goals of becoming a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (CWOCN).
I take pride in using my credentials of CWOCN, CFCN and plan to do whatever is needed to keep these credentials. I hope each nurse certified by the WOCNCB shares my level of pride in their credentials. I also hope each certified nurse will work just as hard to maintain each scope of their specialty certification. WOCNCB allows you to renew your certification by submitting a PGP or by exams. You may learn more about the PGP later in this issue in the Helping Hands section.
- Laurie Ellefson, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
Board Member, Chenel Trevellini, MSN, RN, CWOCN, recently contributed a featured article titled Operationalizing the ANA CAUTI prevention tool in acute-care settings in the September issue of American Nurse Today!
WOCNCB® would like to recognize our certificants for their accomplishments! This section is dedicated to highlighting the successes of our incredible nurses!
WOCNCB® is thankful for all those who donate their time to committee service. There are so many that contribute to the success of this organization. We invite you to view the names below of those whose passion and expertise allow us to provide the highest level of certification excellence we can.
Ad Hoc Exam Prep Committee
Advanced Practice Committee
Credential Review Committee
WOCN Exam Committee
Foot Care Exam Committee
Item Review Committee (IRC)
Public Policy Committee
The PGP Webinar is available any time to assist in easily acclimating certificants with this recertifcation process!
To view this webinar, simply click here or on the featured image.
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