Signing with Governor Branstad
The office of the Governor of the State of Iowa has granted our request for the following proclamation: The week of 4/16/2017 – 4/22/2017 as Iowa Affiliate of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society Week!

Thank you for visiting the Iowa Affiliate of the WOCN website! We hope you will consider membership in the WOCN Society and choose the Iowa Affiliate for your professional organization. The Iowa Affiliate consists of more than 100 active members across the state of Iowa and beyond. We are proud that our affiliate is a strong, collegial group of WOC Nurses who serve and participate voluntarily in affiliate and national organization committees and activities.

The Iowa Affiliate of the WOCN Society conducts a business meeting three times a year; winter, spring and in conjunction with our annual fall conference. Meeting dates, times and locations are posted on this website. We use our website and email for organization correspondence and information. The website contains a members only section with meeting agendas, minutes, and treasury reports; the site offers affiliate news, lists upcoming educational offerings, reports membership awards, application opportunities, committee updates, meeting photos and links to other organizations.

The Iowa Affiliate of the WOCN Society sponsors an annual fall conference that offers full scope WOC nurse continuing education. We put great effort into planning and organizing our conference. The festivities begin on Thursday with a Pre-Conference event, posters, dinner, our business meeting, a vendor fair and networking. The Iowa Affiliate is proud of our collaboration with our corporate vendors and we appreciate their support. On Friday we have a full day of speakers who cover topics in wound, ostomy, continence professional practice issues and foot care. When planning our conference, we attempt to meet the needs of both novice and experienced nurses. During the planning we look for topics that can speak from novice to expert, so all membership needs are met. We also proudly sponsor an Ostomy Education Day which was developed by a group of our members. This day is designed to provide education, vendor access, support and networking for people with ostomies and their caregivers statewide. Watch the website for details on both events.

The Iowa Affiliate of the WOCN Society offers a WOC Nurse Education Scholarship to nurses who have completed a WOC Nurse program. We also honor a member with the WOC Nurse of the Year award annually at our fall conference. See the website for scholarship and award application forms. Our mentor program is a new feature for our new WOC nurses. Mentors provide support and guidance to help less experienced members achieve success in their careers. Our buddy program is designed to welcome new members to our affiliate. A new member is paired with an experienced affiliate member to make the new member feel like a part of the organization. The buddy program includes assistance with navigation of the Iowa affiliate website as well as the national website and information is shared about our activities, conferences, resources, and networking

Please contact me if you have any questions and thank you for visiting.

Heather Trumm BSN, RN, CWON
President Iowa Affiliate of the WOCN Society