NSWOCC was launched in style in Victoria, BC to turn knowledge into action for nurses specialized in wound, ostomy and continence. Here we reflect on some of the standout conference sessions.

NSWOCC launch conference

Tania Dick was an excellent choice as a keynote speaker. She was very passionate and left the nurses in awe of her accomplishments. She hails from the Dzaawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet and has been an RN in British Columbia for 15 years. She has spent her entire career in rural and remote nursing specializing in emergency and Aboriginal health.  She has served as a member of Canadian Nursing Association expert committee on Aboriginal health.  Tania was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by her School of Nursing. She was selected to take part in the prestigious Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2015.

Her personal stories as a first generation survivor of the Residential School System helped to give a deeper understanding of the hardships that may not be forgotten for seven generations.

NSWOCC conference plenary session, CAET, Quart Medical

Compression Sessions

This was done in two parts

  • An education lecture titled What to Use and Then What on Saturday
  • A compression workshop The Basics and Advanced on Sunday morning.

These sessions were run by Lisa Bernard and Misty Stephens.

Lisa Bernard who currently works at Royal Jubilee Hospital in the lower leg wound care. She is an instructor for the University of Victoria Continuing Studies Wound Management for Health Professionals, Level 11.

Misty Stephens co educated the session, she is the chair of the Regional Skin and Wound Community of Practice and a member of the Provincial Skin and Wound, Ostomy and Therapeutic Surface Committees.

What amazed me is the fact that venous leg ulcers account for up to 70% of chronic leg wounds. They create a significant morbidity for elderly patients. These sessions addressed interventions to reduce the prevalence of lower leg ulcers utilizing a person-centred and team approach. The workshops were interactive with questions, demonstration, group work and hands-on practice.

NSWOCC, Annual conference, Victoria, BC, CAET, Quart Medical Inc

We wish the relaunched Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC) organization continued growth and influence in the future.

Ms Ehmann presented VLU Compression and Beyond at the Spring SAWC in Charlotte. In case you missed our previous post here that referenced the compression sleeve case study poster by Suzie Ehmann.