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Success at Conference 2019

This year at our regional conference in LaCrosse we thanked our Treasurer (Barb Provo) and our Secretary (Sandra Oehlke) for their much appreciated service over the last few years.  We also welcomed our new board members, Jessica Held and Sherry Tennies.

Conference this year was a major success and we thank our primary planners, Sonya Brickner, Fran Demo and the LaCrosse area WOC nurses.

We hope to see many of you in 2020!

Member Spotlight

Get to know our members!  Quarterly snippets about fellow North Central members from around our region.

Kathy Otten, BSN, RN, CWOCN retired July 2017 after 33 years as a WOC nurse. Kathy attended Abbot Northwestern E.T. Program in 1984 and became certified in 1985. She was very active in the NCR serving as SD State Rep several times, Professional Practice Committee, NCR President-Elect and President. She assisted in conference planning for the NCR and was a preceptor for numerous WOC students over the years. Kathy was the first WOC nurse at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD  and was instrumental in establishing the facility’s first wound care clinic. She later worked at the Sanford Children’s Hospital as a WOC in the NICU and Pediatric departments. Kathy became the first WOC nurse at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center in July 2012. She established the facility’s first wound care clinic and was Chair of the Pressure Ulcer and PAVE (Prevention of Amputations Everywhere) Committees. In 1993, Kathy received the NCR President’s Award of Excellence. In 2014, Kathy received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing from the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. Kathy also was a member of the WOCNCB from 2010-2013 serving on the Marketing and Credential and Review Committees.

Kathy stated,” I have been so privileged to be part of such a great organization and my years as a WOC nurse were so rewarding! I can’t think of anything I would have rather done! I am so grateful to have met so many wonderful, dedicated nurses and physicians and had the opportunity to be a part of caring for so many patients over the years. I would encourage any of the new members to get involved in the regional activities. It is such a great way to get to know others and become involved. Thank you for such great memories!”

North Central Region’s Dollars at Work!

In addition to annual educational scholarships, your region’s dollars go to fund great things such as assisting with youth rally funding. Click here to read about the youth rally and appreciative letters from the CFO and a youth rally camper!

Click here to learn about member benefits and join or renew your membership!

Please check out the listing of the new officers for the region. Just click on the “Board Members” link in the top menu.


The North Central Region consists of Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota.