The Pacific Coast Region (PCR) of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) strives to ensure that all wound, ostomy, and continence patients in California and Nevada receive the highest quality of nursing care. PCR is a recognized and respected leader in providing care and advocating for wound, ostomy, and continence patients within the region.
The organization had its humble beginning in May 1973 when an enthusiastic group of 14 enterostomal therapists (ET’s) met for the first time to articulate the early development of a formal ostomy education program for nurses. The second meeting by the founding members in October 1973 began the organizational development of PCR International Association for Enterstomal Therapy, Inc. with a focus on fostering high standards of stomal therapy, promoting professional and educational advancement of ET practitioners and promoting optimal care and rehabilitation for ostomates. PCR was incorporated June 21, 1979 in California. In 1994 the name was changed to PCR-WOCN.
The following leaders, as president of the organization, have guided PCR from its modest beginning of 25 members in 1974 to 511 members in 2015:
Katherine Jeter & Rosemary Watt 1974
Rosemary Watt 1974-1976
Ted Smith 1976-1977
Gerry Cameron 1977-1979
Eunice Gaskell 1980-1983
Lani Kinimaka 1984-1986
Gladys Frey 1986-1988
Betty Razor 1988-1992
Barbara Bates-Jensen 1992-1996
Mary Sears 1996-2000
Kelle Herrick 2000
Jo Ellen Miller 2000-2002
Judy Papen 2003-2006
Joyce Moss 2007-2010
Cheryl Bartholomew 2011-2012
Lisa Foster 2013-2015
Donna Rositani 2015-2017
Susan Foster 2017-2019
Linda Reynolds (Past President) 2019-2021
Current President: Jaimie Higgins (2021-)
PCR is a volunteer organization of dedicated WOC practitioners that continue to strive for perfection in the care of wound, ostomy, and continence patients. The organization provides support for members through conferences, scholarships, and sponsorships in a variety of areas.
Wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing is a multifaceted, evidence based practice incorporating a unique body of knowledge to provide excellence in prevention, health maintenance, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitative nursing care to persons with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integument systems. This complex, interdependent specialty encompasses the care of all patient populations across the continuum of care while providing a pivotal role as educator, researcher and resource throughout the healthcare community. WOC nursing directs its efforts at improving the quality of life for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence concerns
The MISSION of Pacific Coast Region-Wound, Ostomy, Contintnce Nurses Society is to promote the highest quality wound, ostomy and continence care for patients in California and Nevada
We accomplish the mission by:
The Values, Beliefs and Assumptions that govern our day-to-day performance and decision-making:
The Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society, Pacific Coast Region is the recognized and respected leader in providing and advocating for wound, ostomy and continence nursing care in California and Nevada.
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
VALUES UNDERLYING WOCN-PCR’S SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
CARING AND RESPECT