From Terry Barton, BSN, RN, CWOCN
“Continuity gives us roots, change gives us branches, letting us stretch & grow & reach new heights.” – Pauline R. Kezer
Are you experiencing any change? I think we all can agree that anyone in healthcare now is experiencing change, whether receiving healthcare or being a healthcare provider. Our role as a WOC nurse is shifting & changing from when we originally received our certification whether that was many years ago or more recently, whether we like it or not.
Are you prepared with the skills you need to manage change and make a difference in your organization? Are your WOC skills transferrable? This was addressed in Issue 2, Fall 2013 “in it for YOU”, the official magazine of the WOCN® Society by Diane Maydick, EDD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN.
Diane states the following examples may be used to help the WOC nurse identify some specific transferable skills:
- Communication Skills –written & verbal communication (may include therapeutic communication, conveying information about patients, writing patient education material, procedures, protocols, professional papers, presentations, marketing material, brochures, email, etc)
- Critical Thinking Skills- analysis, problem solving, strategic planning, decision making (e.g ,nursing process)
- Management Skills – prioritization, organization, delivering, motivating self & others
- Interpersonal Skills- professional recognition of the need to be diplomatic, discrete, supportive and/or assertive with others
Whether changing your WOC nurse role includes going back to school, changing your role in your present job, or changing jobs be assured that because we function in a variety of roles that we have learned & developed over time we will thrive and excel with whatever the future holds for us.
Mark your calendars now to save the date for our next FAET Conference February 28 & March 1, 2014 in Gainesville, FL!
Read on to UNMASK information on the FAET Mardis Gras Conference:
- DISCOVER the vital role of the WOC Nurse in Team Building
- UNCLOAK interventions for successful pouching of complex ostomy cases
- REVEAL the latest in Lymphedema management
- UNVEIL the most current Biofilm research findings
- EXPOSE the secrets to building an Evidence-Based Practice
- UNCOVER the best nutritional interventions for wound healing
I will look forward to seeing you all very soon. Don’t forget to:
Laugh when you can,
Apologize when you should,
Accept what you cannot change,
Change what you cannot accept!
Terry Barton, FAET President
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