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Dear North Central Region Members,
We find ourselves in a pandemic with potential consequences that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Many of you are on the front lines in your workplaces caring for people who are sickened with the COVID-19 virus. We face many challenges, and each day brings more news.
While you are mainly focused on day to day concerns, you may also be wondering about conferences for this year. The national office has moved WOCNext 2020 from a live event to a virtual platform. They have also graciously provided free attendance to all members. If you know of fellow WOC nurses that are not members of the society, please pass this information on to them. Once they enroll as a member, they will be able to register for the conference. The North Central Region will be hosting a virtual Members Meeting during this conference using Zoom as its platform. More to come on a date and time.
Now on to the North Central Regional Conference planned for September. On April 21st, the NCR Board met to discuss the many issues concerning our conference. Factors that we have discussed include terms of our contract with the hotel, availability and cost of presenters, and whether it is feasible to reschedule. It is difficult to forecast how the current situation will affect September with regards to your ability to travel and attend a conference. If we forge ahead only to have to cancel later in the year, the financial consequence could be severe. If we cancel now, we can minimize any losses and start to work on the 2021 conference.
After a thoughtful and honest discussion, where we weighed all the options, the NCR Board decided to cancel the 2020 North Central Region conference and will instead work on providing learning, with CEs through an online platform. While it is certainly not the networking we enjoy with our colleagues, there is still much we can gain. Watch our website for information on the details
I wish to personally thank our Conference Chair, Sonya Good (Brickner) along with Fran Demo for their work on planning the 2020 Regional Conference. For those involved in conference planning, you are well aware of what it takes to put on an event of this magnitude, and this talented duo put their heart and soul into planning what would have been a wonderful Fall conference.
As a region we are strong and committed to the well-being of our patients. We will weather this and be able to move forward in a positive way. Do take especially good care of yourselves and your loved ones during these difficult times.
Linda McKenna, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Get to know our members! Quarterly snippets about fellow North Central members from around our region.
In 2018, Kasia Virgell started work as a Nursing Specialist in Infection Prevention/Wound, Ostomy and Continence for the Central Wisconsin Center (CWC). CWC is a state facility that provides short-term and residential services to individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. According to Kasia “My dual role allows me to develop, implement and consult on all infection and containment issues throughout the facility, as well as provide consultation with recommendations for all wound, ostomy and continence issues”.
Kasia successfully achieved her CWOCN (Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse) on January 19, 2020. Kasia attended the WEBWOC Nursing Education Program and felt fortunate to have a variety of unique experiences for her clinical hours. She precepted in wound care at St Vincent Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Green Bay and completed her continence and ostomy clinical hours UW Health University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin
Kasia is responsible for many different initiatives at CWC but reports that her most successful initiative to date has been educating her staff on appropriate and proper use of an internal fecal management system (FMS) to manage extreme cases of incontinence associated dermatitis. From Kasia, “This policy was prompted by the resident who developed difficult to heal IAD due to urinary and fecal incontinence and I saw no other way than to introduce the FMS and give the resident’s skin time to heal. It worked like a charm. This was also the first time where the nurses voiced their appreciation for my role and WOC knowledge within our facility.”
Kasia is pleased to report that another of her achievements at CWC is the creation of a Wound and Skin Workgroup. CWC is made up of 7 different living units and therefore, the nurse knowledge and product use can be different dependent on the unit. A nurse from each of the different living units will be represented within the workgroup to bring more cohesion to all of their practice. Kasia was also excited to be able to attend the regional fall conference this year and was the lucky winner of a free registration to next year’s event as well as a credit to the WOCN bookstore. Kasia is excited to continue to connect with fellow WOC nurses. She has certainly made a huge impact on the nurses within her facility in a very short time!
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 Good, Fran Demo and the LaCrosse area WOC nurses.
We hope to see many of you in 2020!
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!
• 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.