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New England Region of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 2019 Annual Fall Conference

This annual regional conference brings together WOCN members to collaborate for a two day educational event. The program 
is designed to provide evidence-based knowledge of the latest techniques, applications and treatments related to wound, ostomy and continence issues. 

Register and gain insights from regional WOCN leaders as you develop new skills, network with fellow WOCN professionals and earn continuing education credits.
Attendees can earn up to 11 contact hours attending educational tracts that include Wound Care, Ostomy Care, Continence Care and Professional Practice. Note: One hour of lecture content is equal to one contact hour

This program is appropriate for Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Physical Therapists, and Wound, Ostomy and Continence/Enterostomal Therapy Nurses. 

Objectives for the New England Region of the WOCN Society
Annual Conference

  1. Disseminate research and evidence based knowledge of the latest techniques, applications, technologies and treatments related to wound, ostomy and continence issues to impact patient outcomes.
  2. Strengthen the leadership role of the WOC nurse through education, advocacy, research, marketing and legislation. 
  3. Encourage networking with colleagues to foster an integrated community of health care providers to improve outcomes for patients across the continuum of care. 
  4. Describe examples of evidence based practice and multidisciplinary approaches to improve outcomes in various health care settings.

Challenges in WOC Practice
Share a challenging patient scenario with your New England WOCN colleagues at our Annual Fall Conference

Select a complicated or challenging case (wound, ostomy, continence)
Establish an objective
Give a brief history related to the case
Provide pictures of the case and treatment used
Reference evidence based practice
Prepare a 10-15 minute presentation and a one page outline for inclusion into the conference binder
Leave time for participant questions

Earn Valuable PGP points! An honorarium will be given
Challenges Due August 2
Click Here to Download Challenges 2019 PDF

Call for Posters
We invite you to display a poster at our conference. The Education Committee is looking for members of the NER WOCN to display their work. Deadline for poster presentation is August 1. Posters that are not pre-registered will not be accepted. Email with any questions.

Click Here for Call for Posters PDF

Youth Rally
For over 40 years the New England Region of Wound Ostomy and Continence nurses have sponsored/supported adolescents between the ages of 11-17 years of age who are living with conditions of the bowel and bladder. These youths have ostomies; inflammatory bowel disease, or urinary or fecal incontinence. They participate in a five night one of a kind experience called Youth Rally. The camp is held at various university campuses throughout the United States in July; San Diego, Colorado, or Washington.

The New England Region holds an auction every year at our fall conference to raise money for this great cause. All funds go directly to Youth Rally. Youth Rally allows these children to be in a safe structured environment where they are free to share their fears and feelings without the worry of embarrassment or criticism from their peers. Campers are provided with education, socialization, emotional support and a great life changing experience. The camp is chaperoned by nurses and volunteers. Medical conditions such as these can cause not only physical but emotional and financial hardship to families. The cost of Youth Rally Camp is $425.00 dollars plus airfare per camper.

Please email Marian Barry-Ravagni at or call her at 781-233-0345 for information regarding Silent Auction items. Items can be brought directly to the conference from both attendees and exhibitors and be dropped off at the registration desk at the Fall Conference.

New England Region of the WOCN Society

Annual Scholarship Application
The scholarship applications are due September 1.
Click Here for application and full details for the annual scholarship

Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award
The scholarship nominations are due September 15.
Click Here for Nomination Form and full details for the Nurse of the Year Award


  • When

  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • Where

  • The DoubleTree Hilton Manchester Downtown
    700 Elm Street
    Manchester, New Hampshire 03101
    (603) 625-1000

About the WOCN Society

The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society that supports its' members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 4,600 healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. WOCN offers comprehensive benefits to all healthcare professionals who are involved in providing wound, ostomy and continence patient care. Members have access to skills and resources that help advance their practice, deliver excellent patient care and help reach their personal and professional goals.


Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nurses are highly prepared expert clinicians who treat complex wounds, ostomy issues, and incontinence. WOC nurses serve in a variety of roles, to help patients including educator, consultant, researcher and administrator.  We work in home health, LTC, hospital and outpatient settings. 

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