Kate Lawrence Recognized at Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society Annual Conference

Kathleen Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN

“We are honored that a nurse as highly skilled as Kate chooses to practice at the VNA and that she was recognized for her excellent clinical skills that help our patients remain independent as long as possible.”


Ron Cioffi
RN, and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region.

RUTLAND, VT (September 11, 2018)–Kathleen Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN,  a nurse at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region was recognized with the 2018 President’s Recognition Award for her significant contributions to the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) Society and the field of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing.

WOCN 50th Annual Conference held in Philadelphia

The award was given at the Society’s 50th Annual Conference held in Philadelphia, where Lawrence also presented on the future of wound, ostomy and continence nursing. Lawrence is the WOCN Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Coordinator and has been a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse for over 30 years. Lawrence also facilitates a monthly support group in Rutland for ostomy patients.

“The need for specialized care does not stop when a patient is sent home from the hospital,” said Ron Cioffi, RN, and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. “We are honored that a nurse as highly skilled as Kate chooses to practice at the VNA and that she was recognized for her excellent clinical skills that help our patients remain independent as long as possible.”

“In today’s healthcare arena, WOC nurses are met with many challenges. The WOCN Society recognizes these challenges and strives to provide tools to help sustain the WOC specialty,” said Kelly Jaszarowski, MSN, RN, CNS, ANP, CWOCN, WOCN Society President. “With that in mind, this year’s WOCN President’s Recognition Award was presented to the Scope and Standards Task Force members. The members of this task force worked diligently and tirelessly on completing the updates for the publication, WOC Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition, a document that plays a crucial role in defining the responsibilities of WOC nurses while guiding their professional practice and performance.”

About the WOCN® Society

Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) is a professional, international nursing society of more than 5,000 health care professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. The Society supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Learn more by visiting www.wocn.org.

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