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Message From PCR President, Kelle Herrick

flower Greetings,
Spring in LA.
Well, we have just returned from our Spring Meeting (I hope you didn't miss it), and now it is time to digest, reflect, and ask a few questions. The Meeting was not only fun, but also, entertaining and instructional. Many thanks to Barbie Stowe Nat for her wonderful presentation on the Spinal Cord Injured Patient. Barbie is undoubtedly a most inspired lecturer and also an expert on this topic. Thanks also, to Maria Garcés, Executive Director of WOCN, for driving North to be with us, and presenting the WOCN web page.

Some of our goals for this meeting were to bring more networking opportunities to our membership, to create a place where we can go to analyze what is going on in our practices, to discuss and share, to try to conceptualize tough issues, and maybe even to talk about how PCR is/is not working as a resource for WOC nurses. The results: very positive, with cries for MORE!

We do have an opportunity coming up soon - to share more, discuss more, and interact more. First, at the WOCN National Conference, which is, as you all know, in Portland June 2-6, 2001. On Saturday evening, June 1, 7 PM - 10 PM, we have reserved a room for an informal PCR Meeting, i.e. no business meeting, but a great prospect for you to take advantage of an open microphone andŠit's up to you, go ahead - share information about your practice, seek resources for a problem, throw out questions to your peers, vent a nagging concern. Second, at our Booth, there will be more . . . Food for Thought. Yes, at National, go to the PCR Booth to learn how to share your expertise (through mentoring) and share your works (professional developments, such as: booklets, posters, patient instruction materials, guidelines, algorhythms, billing codes, etc.). You can even learn how to sell your work, PCR will help you!

Look for impending announcements, coming soon, about our Fall Meeting October 3-6 in Ontario, California.

So, until June, when you are planning your 10 minutes at the open microphone, think about a few questions/answers to throw out to us all. Here are mine:

Questions for our organization:

  • What are the difficulties that PCR, recently and in the past, encountered? Why?
  • "Over the years, what goals has PCR achieved?" How have these goals changed?
  • "Has PCR's original vision for its membership changed? For the good or bad?
  • "How do you see the future of PCR?
  • "How does the current information technology influence PCR?"

Hope to see you soon, if not in person, then in my cyber dreams,
email or write to me: Kelle Herrick
1666 Paseo Barona, Camarillo, CA 93010

Message From PCR President, Kelle Herrick

I'm interested in what's on your mind-especially questions or suggestions that might help PCR better fulfill its mission. To send your question or message, my email address is wound@gte.net. I don't promise to get back to you immediately, but I do promise that you will hear from me.

Email Kelle Herrick

Contact My Support Group Chairperson

The mission of the Pacific Coast Region of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse's Society is to:

• Support the professional growth of the membership along the continuum of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing practice by providing leadership, mentorship, and educational opportunities

• Actively participate in educating the public about the role and services provided by the members; and to

• Uphold ethical and professional accountability by participating in development of research and/or evidence-based practice standards.

First of all, I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to the PCR Spring Meeting. This program has been designed as a response to your suggestions for "networking" "easy airport travel" and "no long weekends ." The meeting will be a one-day, educational offering, with easy in - easy out shuttle to/from LAX, and no overnight stay! Barbie Stowe-Nat, from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center, is our dynamic featured speaker. In the afternoon, we offer professional practice round-table networking-presentations: Start an Out-Patient Clinic, Write a Winning Proposal, Publish NOW, Innovative Private Practice, Polish Your Image, Solutions for Lymphedema, Pelvic Floor Disorders, and Evidence-based Practice. All this and good food too. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Please Send Me a Flyer Right Away!

What is PCR About?

• Building and diffusing knowledge for professional practice
• Leading, learning and working together
• Building PCR to be worthy of people's fullest commitment
• Sharing our professional practice materials, theories, and concepts for better patient care
• Integrating Research, Capacity building and Practice
• Helping the other organizations and institutions to understand WOC Nursing

Creating our futures through the work of our regional activities and bringing us together globally.

Come Join Us!