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Gateway to Knowledge: Opening Doors for WOCN Professionals to Thrive in a Changing Health Care Environment

WOCN Society's 41st Annual Conference scheduled for June 6-10 in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) has announced its 2009 Annual Conference schedule, which was developed to meet the learning needs of all professionals providing wound, ostomy and continence patient care. "Now more than ever, attendees can move their conference education to the next level by creating a schedule that is uniquely suited to their personal needs," said Janice C. Colwell, WOCN President. "While many conferences present generic learning opportunities, the WOCN's Annual Conference will encourage participants to select programs that are compatible with participants' skill levels, practice settings and learning styles," she added. The conference will be held June 6-10 in St. Louis.

Responding to Changes in Health Care

Critical changes in the health care field were the impetus for the enhanced learning format. During the fall of 2008, health care facilities came under increased pressure to conduct thorough preadmission screenings to identify conditions that are present on admission (POA). Medicare reimbursement changes in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 required that if a patient developed a hospital-acquired condition that is not POA, inpatient facilities were no longer reimbursed by Medicare for treating that condition.

This change puts the highly skilled professionals in the field of wound, ostomy and continence care in an even more important role of managing and directing health care, according to the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. WOC nurses are uniquely qualified to positively impact patient care and cost containment under the new system. The WOCN Society encourages health care facilities to empower their nursing staff to improve their knowledge in these key areas by accessing the wealth of resources available through the Society.

Gateway to Knowledge

WOCN Society meetings connect nurses to the movers and shakers in the field. Through a multitude of networking opportunities, attendees are in touch with industry leaders and can extend their professional contacts while engaging in informal learning.

Gateway to Knowledge will offer participants, regardless of their level of practice, a range of pre-conference events, general sessions, networking opportunities and professional practice workshops that are the best in the industry in order to continue to anticipate and confront these changes and prepare the next generation of WOCN professionals to operate effectively in a dramatically different health care system.

About the WOCN Society

Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is a professional, international nursing society of more than 4,500 health care professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. The Society supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.

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Contact Beth Drost at 215.884.6499

SOURCE The Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
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