Conference Symposia are now available!

If you are already registered, click here to log back into your registration and add your symposia choices.  Below are the symposia sessions that will be available at this year's conference.

Saturday, June 2, 2018: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Dinner

(S01) Skin Integrity Matters: Prevention Beyond Pressure Injury - SOLD OUT
Supported by 3M Health Care
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Jill Campbell, RN, NsgCert(Intensive Care), BApp Sc(Nursing), GradCert (Reproductive Heath), GradDip(Wound Care), PhD
Lynn Noyce, RN, WCC
Debra Thayer, MS, RN, CWOCN

Keeping skin safe from healthcare acquired skin injury remains an ongoing challenge for clinicians with multiple complex and interrelated factors contributing to compromised skin integrity. In this presentation, we will explore the Skin Safety Model, a novel conceptual framework that integrates the numerous factors that can contribute to a skin damage and guides the clinician in maintaining skin integrity in the vulnerable patient. An exciting new technology for skin protection, 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant will be discussed. Clinical experts will present their experience using this novel, practice changing product.

(S02) Continuity of Care: A Patient Centric Approach
Supported by KCI, An Acelity Company
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)

Christopher L. Barrett, DPM, CWS, FAPWCA
Elizabeth F. McElroy, RN, MSN, CRNP, CWS, CWOCN-AP
Kersten Reider, RN, BSN, CWOCN

A panel discussion focused on continuity of care and a multi-disciplinary approach across all care settings. The panel will discuss a variety of clinical challenges, and when various solutions are appropriate, based on evidence, etiology, and wound appearance as well as how to coordinate care and manage across all care settings.

(S03) Using Evidence Based Data to Promote Peristomal Skin Health In Your Practice - SOLD OUT
Supported by Hollister Incorporated

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Jan Colwell, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAN 
Joyce Pittman, PhD, RN, NP, CWOCN
Rose Raizman, RN-EC, CETN(c), M.Sc., MN
Ginger Salvadalena, PhD, RN, CWOCN 

The healthcare environment is complicated and ever changing. Today’s healthcare requires clinicians to provide excellent care but there  is increasing pressure to do more with less. For the WOC nurse, it means you are being asked to see more patients with fewer resources, work longer hours, all while documenting good outcomes. 

Compounding the issues is a greater focus on cost of care. Consequently, institutions and distributors may be narrowing product selection, giving the clinician and the patient less access to products. 

In order to preserve access to a variety of products, there is a need for evidence in ostomy care. There is a movement towards evidence based decision making to support the “art and science” solutions practiced across the nation. WOC nurses need access to the tools, resources and evidence to support the decisions made in their practice.

Sunday, June 3, 2018: 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm - Lunch

(S04) Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide - SOLD OUT
Supported by Hollister Incorporated  
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, FAAN
Jo Hoefleck, RN, BSN, MA, CETN(C), CGN(C)

Christine Kim

The incidence of peristomal skin complications (PSCs) is reported to be as high as 77%, and the negative impact of PSCs on patient quality of life is well documented. In addition, studies show that the majority of patients fail to recognize PSCs, believing that skin issues are "normal", and only 20% seek treatment These data emphasize the need for consumer-based tools that educate individuals with ostomies about strategies for maintaining skin health and that assist the person with an ostomy to promptly identify PSCs and the appropriate response. This session will describe the development, availability, and appropriate utilization of a consumer-based tool for recognition and management of PSCs.

(S05) Good Things Don’t Always Come in Small Packages: Comprehensive Care of the Bariatric Patient - SOLD OUT

Supported by Hill-Rom 
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)


Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans, RN, APRN-BC, FNP 

Quality care of bariatric patients will become increasingly important given the surge of obesity and morbid obesity in American society. Comprehensive safe, effective, and humane care involves understanding of issues including safe patient handling and mobility, skin and wound care, appropriate sized equipment and the ergonomics of its use, and sensitivity in interpersonal interactions. Theoretical perspectives on precursors to obesity and morbid obesity provide a framework for deeper understanding of their development and approaches to humane care.

(S06) Progressing Hard to Heal Wounds with PICO Single Patient Use NPWT
Supported by Smith & Nephew
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


Michael Bain, MD
Leta McCarty Messinger, RN, BSN, SWOC 

Are you struggling with hard to heal wounds? Find out how PICO Single Patient Use NPWT can help your patients with their progression to healing. Our speakers will present the proper clinical applications of PICO in challenging wounds, including sharing clinical cases from their outpatient wound clinics. They will review the unique features of PICO™ NPWT and how to define the parameters for utilizing PICO NPWT on challenging wounds to help expedite towards wound healing.

Monday, June 4, 2018: 7:00 am - 8:30 am- Breakfast

(S07) Small Changes, Better Outcomes: How Small Changes to Pressure Injury Detection Achieved Zero or Near Zero Pressure Injuries - SOLD OUT
Supported by Bruin Biometrics LLC
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


Ruth Bryant, PhD, MS, RN, CWOCN
Amit Gefen, PhD
Tom O’Connor, RGN RNT Dip Nur, BSc, MSc Ad Nursing, PG Dip Ed, EdD

Our international experts will be discussing the etiology of pressure injuries, reasons for early detection, a novel technology for the objective and quantitative method of early PI detection, the latest SEM research findings, and results from a multi-site clinical study.

(S08) Combating Readmissions with Ileostomy Patients: High Output Pouches Combined with Education and Support - SOLD OUT
Supported by Coloplast Corp.
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


Maggie Cross Bork, RN, BSN, CWOCN
Janice Colwell, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAN
Linda Coulter, MS, BSN, RN, CWOCN

Post-operative complications from ostomy surgery is the second leading cause of readmission nationwide. An especially affected population are ileostomates, who are prone to dehydration and skin issues which lead to readmission. This session explores published data on the usage of post-operative education to prevent adverse health events. This data is further explored by case studies combining the usage of a flexible barrier technology in a high output pouch with education and support to prevent complications in the issue-prone ileostomy population. 

(S09) Advanced Wound Care Through the TIME Principles
Supported by Smith & Nephew
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS

Topics/objectives include: Demonstrating the impact chronic wounds have on patients and how wounds become chronic, Discussing the TIME principles of wound bed preparation as a best practice for advancing wounds through the natural healing process; How can the Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics products facilitate the TIME principles; Evaluating the Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics products as evidence- based wound care treatment.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018: 7:00 am - 8:30 am- Breakfast

(S10) SelfCare for HealthCare: Today, Do One Thing to Take Care of Yourself
Supported by Medline Industries, Inc.
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


LeAnn Thieman, LPN, CSP, CPAE 

This fun, interactive presentation provides WOC nurses with specific tools to care for their minds, bodies, and spirits. By sharing her adventures from the Vietnam Orphan Airlift and stories from Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, LeAnn encourages, uplifts and honors nurses and champions and their daily contributions and sacrifices. She provides scientific evidence along with fun, hands-on practicing of techniques to balance their lives.

(S11) Ask The Experts: The Science, Clinical Evidence, and Health Economics of Pressure Injury Prevention - SOLD OUT
Supported by Molnlycke Health Care
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
 Amit Gefen, PhD
William Padula, PhD
Nick Santamaria, PhD

Panel members will be happy to answer questions from the audience regarding the newest science, clinical evidence, and health economic evidence for pressure injury prevention: this is an opportunity to join a lively discussion about the emerging topics in pressure injury prevention across environments of care, with thought leaders in the field. 

(S12) Treatment of Challenging “Non-Healing” Chronic Wounds - SOLD OUT
Supported by ConvaTec Inc.
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)

Ruth A. Bryant, Ph.D., MS, RN, CWOCN
Catherine T. Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

Research discussion on Infection Biofilm and Inflammatory Response, and their clinical implications.

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