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 4, 2016: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Networking Event

Meet & Mingle, Wine & Cheese Event: Sharing Skin Health Best Practices - SOLD OUT
Supported by 3M Health Care

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Special guests include:  
Dimitiri Beeckman, RN, PhD
Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP

Denise Nix, MS, RN, CWOCN

Network and discuss skin care best practices with industry experts and your nursing community. The evening will be filled with opportunities to learn from one another to advance practice and improve your patient's experience. Enjoy casual interactions with other WOC nurses and create lifelong connections.

This event is an opportunity to interact with the faculty of the Skin Health sympoisum to be held on Tuesday morning where the experts will continue the learning by sharing more in-depth experiences and skin care best practices.

Saturday, June 4, 2016: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Dinner

(S01) Skin Care Across the Continuum: Prevention to Intervention, Neonate to Geriatric SOLD OUT
Supported by Coloplast Corp.
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Louise Forest-Lalande, RN, M.Ed, ET
David Keast, MSc, MD, FCFP(LM)
Karen Kennedy-Evans, RN
Chenel Trevellini, RN

This session will familiarise the participants to the specific skin challenges neonates are confronted to. Many wounds observed within this population are preventable thanks to a basic knowledge of the neonate's skin characteristics. The Geriatric skin does not have the same defenses as skin of someone much younger. The elderly population, especially in the Long Term Care setting, are dealing with cormobidities that no longer allow them to be independent making their risk increase and their healing capability to be compromised. These issues will be discussed.

(S02) Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD): Beyond the Paste! SOLD OUT
Supported by Crawford Healthcare
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)

Mikel Gray, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, CUNP, FAANP, FAAN                    
Christian Stephenson, BSc (Hons)                     
Catherine Milne, APRN, MSN, BC-ANP/CS, CWOCN                
Melayne Martin, BSN, RN, CWOCN

Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) can lead to pressure ulcers and extended stays.  Please join us as our distinguished group of clinicians share their insight and clinical experience in utilizing a novel, touch free, zinc technology to help increase compliance among staff and treat this challenging condition.

(S03) Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Instillation: American & Canadian Experiences SOLD OUT
Supported by Acelity

1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Rosemary Hill, BSN, CWOCN, CETN(C)
Melania Howell-Taylor, RN, BS, BSN, CWOCN

Participants will be introduced to NPWTi-d; V.A.C. VeraFlo™ Therapy.  Emerging research related to the benefits of NPWTi-d, particularly those wounds with signs of infection will be presented. The term NPWTi-d refers the introduction of topical wound solution delivery in combination with NPWT,  A commercially available system now offers automated, volumetric control of instilled topical wound solutions with a dwell time in combination with NPWT. This NPWTi-d system differs from other instillation systems in that a timed, predetermined volume of topical wound solution is intermittently delivered (versus continuously fed) and allowed to dwell in the wound bed (without NPWT), Published consensus documents, recent case studies and relevant research on this subject will be presented as well as the emerging benefits to patients with complex wounds.

Sunday, June 5, 2016: 11:20 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch

(S04) Maintaining Peristomal Skin Health: What We Can Do! SOLD OUT
Supported by Hollister Incorporated  
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, FAAN
Jo Hoeflok, RN, BSN, MA, CGN, CETN

Despite improvements in surgical techniques and ostomy product availability, the incidence of peristomal  skin complications remains remarkably high; reported rates are greater than 75%, are not limited to one group or region, and are associated with significantly lower quality of life.  Recent research also suggests that patients frequently fail to recognize and report peristomal skin complications.  While we now have a number of studies reporting on the incidence and type of peristomal complications, we lack evidence as to strategies for preventing  these complications.  This presentation will provide a review of the current literature regarding the incidence and impact of peristomal complications, and will explore both clinical and “systems” issues potentially contributing to the problem as the patient moves through the care continuum.  A major focus will be on the WOC/ET nurse role in reducing complications and improving outcomes, and specific strategies will be suggested and explored, including a model for maintaining peristomal skin health.

(S05) The WOCN Society’s VLU Algorithm: Practical Tips for Use 

Supported by BSN Medical 
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)


Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP
Catherine Ratliff, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN
Stephanie Yates, MSN, ANP-BC, CWOCN

This is an opportunity to practice using the WOCN’s newly released VLU Algorithm for compression for primary prevention, treatment and prevention of recurrence of venous ulcers. Case scenarios from a variety of care settings and at various stages of disease will be shared. Attendees will be able to participate in this interactive session.

(S06) Prevalence and Incidence: Implications for Clinical Practice 
Supported by Hill-Rom
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)


Margaret Goldberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Nancy Tomaselli, MSN, RN, CS, CRNP, CWOCN, LNC

Inconsistency in measuring prevalence and incidence prevents facilities from benchmarking prevalence within their own facility against facilities of similar size and patient acuity.

This session will focus on the importance of benchmarking prevalence and incidence, implementation strategies related to these data in the clinical setting, and how these strategies empower the WOC Nurse.

Monday, June 6, 2016: 7:00 am - 8:30 am- Breakfast

(S07) Understanding How Innovation in NPWT May Change the Treatment Pathway for Challenging Wounds
Supported by Smith & Nephew
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)

Dr. Alison J. Garten, DPM, CPED

Dr. Garten will be discussing the NPWT needs, reviewing emerging evidence and clinical cases surrounding chronic wound patients. Experience how a single use, canister free system has revolutionized treating wounds while providing the same performance and efficacy similar to traditional NPWT.

(S08) Convex Solutions for Challenging Ostomies SOLD OUT
Supported by Coloplast Corp.
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


Janice Colwell, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAN

The management of ostomy patients with challenging stomas and peristomal areas can be difficult.  This session will introduce the attendee to ostomy adhesive technology and the newest innovations in the convex category in order to help problem solve for those challenges. Case studies and creative ideas will be explored in this interactive session.

(S09) Incontinence Associated Dermatitis: A Decade of Discovery, a Roadmap for the Future 
Supported by Sage Products
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)



Review of the past decade and the growth and global acceptance of the term Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD). What progress have we seen through the dedicated classification and focus on incontinence associated dermatitis. What are the ongoing challenges as we address this type of skin damage and its linkage to pressure ulcers into the future.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016: 7:00 am - 8:30 am- Breakfast

(S10) Managing Exudate, Infection and Biofilm – MISSION POSSIBLE SOLD OUT
Supported by ConvaTec
(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)


Philip Bowler, MPhil, BSc, FIBMS
Stephen Landis, MD, FRCP(C)
Kevin Woo, PhD, RN, FAPWCA

Topics include:
- Why Do Wounds Become Chronic: the Biofilm Story
- A New Anti-Biofilm Dressing: Combatting the Biofilm Barrier to Wound Healing - Product not available in the US
- Wound infection at the bedside: Dressing and Debridement

(S11) Incontinence Associated Skin Damage (IASD): Innovative Approaches in Assessment,  Prevention, & Education SOLD OUT
Supported by HARTMANN USA, Inc.
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)


Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

This session will examine innovative strategies for nursing care of the inflammatory skin damage resulting from incontinence. Participants will learn about a new instrument for assessing incontinence associated skin damage (IASD) on light to dark skin. They will review risk factors for IASD including the role of skin pH and apply that knowledge to guide prevention. The high risk group of older nursing home residents will be used as an exemplar. Advances in incontinence absorbent products aimed to prevent IASD will be highlighted. The session will introduce an interactive serious game to educate nursing staff about IASD and the important role played by the continence nurse specialist.

(S12) Programs to Promote Safe Skin from Macro to Micro
Supported by 3M Health Care
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)

Dimitri Beeckman, RN, PhD
Denise Nix, MS, RN, CWOCN
Cathleen Van Houten, MS, RN, CNS, CWON

In order to maintain a successful skin safety program, all caregivers and administration must share the belief that multiple health care disciplines and providers play a role. Therefore, best practice bundles must be integrated into the culture and infrastructure of the health care system. Evidence suggests that the infrastructure components are often the missing link to implementation and maintenance of a skin safety program. Common gaps include lack of staff education, lack of physician involvement (as well as other caregivers) and inadequate communication. Skin safety initiatives and best practice recommendations have been implemented at the unit, hospital, and state, national, and global levels. This program will present three perspectives (global, statewide, unit) including lessons learned with each. 

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If a symposium session is marked as sold out, you can still select it and you will be put on the wait list, however, this does not guarantee you a spot in that session. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be an opportunity on-site for you to attend a program that was previously filled. We will have a staging area for those interested in attending a full session.

We will have a staging area for those interested in attending a full session. All registrants will be notified via email when the symposia topics become available.

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