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Our annual conference was in Las Vegas on February 11 thru 13th. The conference was held at the Paris and Bally Hotel. We enjoyed the lectures of Paula Erwin-Toth, RN, MSN, CWOCN, CNS on sexuality and the osmate as well as Cyrus Tobari, Esq speaking on the Million Dollar Heel. Other topics were the Care of the Complicated Acute Patient by Tom Wolvos, MD, FACS. Valarie Kalding, MSN, PMHNP-BC spoke about When the Work Environment becomes Hostile, and ostomy tool was presented by Ann Page, RN, BA, CWOCN.
At the conference Marilyn Magoffin received the President’s Award for her work in Government Affairs. The President’s Award is awarded to an individual who has contributed significantly to PCR or WOC Nursing. She received the award for her outstanding contribution in keeping the membership informed of legislation which involves WOCN nursing and their patients.
Joyce Moss was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards. The lifetime achievement award is presented to an individual who has surpassed the standard in terms of their contributions to the organization and who by virtue of experience and contribution has clearly demonstrated a lifetime of accomplishments in the field. To name a few of Joyce’s accomplishments, she was instrumental in increasing PCR membership from 280 members in 2004 to 524 in 2010. This is over a 51% increase in membership at a time when many organizations are struggling to maintain their members, much less increasing; she was also helpful in bringing PCR up to date with the new technology with paying for conferences and voting for the board on line. She was the first to do a strategic plan even before national WOCN. Congradulations to our award winners.