2018 Fall Conference
WOCN Fund the Future

President Elect Voting

Jessica Annen – BSN, RN, CWOCN

I graduated from Marian College of Fond du lac with my BSN in 2007. I attended Cleveland Clinic WOC Nurse program in 2009 and Certified as a CWOCN in 2010.

Currently I am employed at Community Care Inc. (MCO) Monday – Thursday  (since 2012) as their Wound Care Coordinator and Froedtert Hospital (occasional part time since 2011) as a Nurse Specialist in the inpatient wound and ostomy department.

The WOCN has allowed me to be a leader in the health care facilities that I work among. I have been able to affect nursing care to improve outcomes and implement processes and procedures that have an improved outcome for the patients the WOC nurse population serves. I enjoy being engaged in my local WOCN activities and look forward to expanding my role in the North Central Region. I am self motivated, engaged, and passionate for promoting the WOC nurse profession and improving patient care.

Voting Open from 5/21 – 5/30

Thank You Wausau!

Did you miss the 2017 Fall Conference?  Our Wausau friends and colleagues hosted a great conference with speakers ranging from Pressure Mapping to the always humorous Laurie McNichol, who can make even an algorithm hold our attention before lunch!  Thanks to the conference planners and our wonderful vendors, the theme of “Kaleidoscope of WOC Knowledge” was truly evident!

2017 Fall Conference Gallery
New Perks!

If you’re a NCR member and attend the membership meeting…..it just might be your lucky day! Several fortunate members won raffles for freebies such as educational materials or 2018 Fall Conference registration fees!  Don’t miss out and make plans to attend next year! Need PGP points? Contact Sonya Brickner, our conference liaison  to assist with next year’s conference.

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!”

Meet Lisa Nowicki!    BSN, RN, CMSRN, CWOCN, CFCN

Lisa is employed at Aspirus Wound and Hyperbaric center; a hospital based wound clinic that provides wound and ostomy care to the inpatient setting, as well as care for ostomy patients on an outpatient basis.

Lisa’s other “jobs” include being mother to 13 year old daughter, Anna , and assisting her husband with duties on their farm raising grass-fed beef, chickens and eggs.  In the summer, she tends to a large yard with many flower beds, a vegetable garden and an orchard that includes a variety of fruit trees.  Lisa enjoys being active and states she “exercises every day”, many days walking her dog Lucy.  In the winter she enjoys quilting.  If that wasn’t enough to make the rest of us feel like slugs…..Lisa is the planning chairperson for our regional Fall conference!

Meet Patty Cimino! BSN, RN, CWOCN

Patty is a native of the Mosinee, WI and grew up on a farm in Central Wisconsin. She obtained her Diploma in Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Marshfield, WI and her BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Patty completed Emory University’s WOCNEP and became a member of the WOCN Society in 1996.

Patty has been a Registered Nurse for 35 years and 20 years as a practicing CWOCN. She has been published in the Journal of WOCN and presented several posters at the National WOCN Society conferences.

Patty has been married to her husband, Chris, for 35 years and is the proud mother of 3 adult daughters, Katy, Sarah and Erin. Patty and Chris have two dogs: A humble black Lab named Custer and his little brother, Opie, who is a bossy fawn-colored Pug. You can only guess who runs the house!

When not at work, Patty enjoys gardening, audio suspense novels, pencil sketching, cake decorating, and sings on the Worship Team at her church.

Currently employed at Aspirus Wausau Hospital’s Wound and Hyperbaric Center, Patty is a colleague of Lisa and looking forward to welcoming you to Wausau !

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.