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NSWOCC Atlantic Region Educational Workshop

September 28

Dear NSWOCC Atlantic Members,

NSWOCC Atlantic Education Day

Friday, September 28th,
Hugh John Fleming Forestry Complex, Fredericton NB



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The presenters & topics…

Christeena Barber, BN, RN

Christeena graduated from UNBSJ (University of New Brunswick Saint John campus) in May 2013 with her Bachelors of Nursing and begin working at the SJRH on a burns/plastics unit. Her love for wound management actually began during my preceptorship on burns/plastics and has continued to grow. She started a casual position within the ET dept in May 2015 and became full-time in April 2017. Since 2015, she completed online educational resources focusing on wound & ostomy management through ConvaTec academy, KCI/Acelity e-learning and CAET academy. Currently she is taking the ETNEP course through CAET academy to hopefully become a certified NSWOC in 2018!

Christeena’s topic is peri-stomal complications because these issues affect our patients and often have negative impacts on quality of life. On-going education and discussion concerning common complications and various treatment methods will be discussed as they benefit patients with positive outcomes.

Frankie Bates, BN, RN, NCA

Frankie graduated from the Royal free Hospital in London, England as a registered nurse in 1980. She obtained her Nurse Continence Advisor certificate from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario in 1998 and received her Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy certificate in 1999. Frankie co-manages a Urology Wellness Clinic in Saint John, New Brunswick. She has served on the board of directors of the Canadian Continence Foundation, as well as the executive board for the Urology Nurses of Canada and the Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors Association for many years. She presently serves on the education committee of The International Continence Society. She volunteers on the prostate support group and received the Local Hero award in September 2016. Frankie has presented hundreds of lectures on multiple urological topics in Canada, United states and globally. She received a national lectureship award in Florida in 2004. She is an author of numerous articles in peer reviewed urologic journals, three of which received national editorial awards. Frankie is a lead author in a Chapter on Advanced practice guidelines on fecal incontinence, soon to be published globally.

Frankie will be speaking on urinary incontinence and moisture issues.

Tracey Fournier, BScN, RN, WOCC (C)

Tracey has worked for over 30 years in Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick. At present she is employed with Horizon Health Network and at the Miramichi Hospital for 12 years.  Since 2012, she has been in the position of Wound Care Coordinator three days a week. In 2015 she began working two days a week with the High Risk Diabetic Foot Clinic.  She is a member of the CAET, Canadian Association of Wound Care, Wound Care Canada, Wounds International, Wound Care Alliance and Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses. Working with clients with wounds, diabetic foot ulcers and pressure injuries over the last few years has made her very passionate and has allowed her to meet some very interesting people along the way.

Tracey has chosen to speak about the High Risk Diabetic Foot Patient and how these clients need a multidisciplinary approach to prevent ulcers, infections and amputations from occurring in this population”. 

Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, WOCC(C), IIWCC

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc is the Chair of the Association for Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Care’s (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy and Continence Institute (WOC Institute) and an Advanced Practice and Certified Wound Ostomy Continence nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting. In 2018 she completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Queen’s University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and a visiting lecturer at the McGill University School of Nursing, Queen’s University and the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine. Kimberly is the immediate past president and founding member of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel. Kimberly has lectured nationally and internationally on wound and ostomy care and is considered an expert on wounds in the aging population. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters. Kimberly’s current area of research interest is skin health in the frail elderly. In 2016 Kimberly was a World Union of Wound Healing Societies Educational Award of Excellence finalist and was awarded the Registered Nurses of Ontario Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic) and the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education. In 2018 Kimberly was named as a finalist in the Journal of Wound Care clinical researcher of the year award for her research on skin tears in the aging population and was awarded the NSWOCC Presidents award for her contribution to WOC nursing in Canada.

Kim will be presenting on predicting and preventing skin tears. Skin tears are among the most common forms of skin injury affecting frail and older individuals, yet their impact is often minimized by healthcare professionals. While initially acute wounds, sin tears frequently become painful, chronic and complex wounds that have a high propensity to develop infections. It is important for health care professionals to identify skin tears as adverse and reportable events that compromise patient safety. For this reason, clinicians must be able to recognize what skin tears are, who is at risk of developing them, where, when and why they usually occur and how to treat them in the appropriate way. The purpose of this presentation is to define skin tears, explore the identification/ prediction of individuals at risk for skin tears development and discuss comprehensive skin tear prevention strategies.

Kathy Mutch, BN, RN, WOCC (C)

Kathy practices at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown PEI. Wound, ostomy, continence nursing has been a passion of hers for 33 years.  What a great way to spend a nursing career – helping patients and families deal with illness, make life style changes, and l ©earn about the new normal.  Kathy provides education for colleagues and students and is part of interdisciplinary teams.  Kathy wishes you all a rewarding career in nursing.

Debridement:  In her presentation you will learn about wound assessment – what and when to debride, the purpose of debriding wounds, types of debridement, and your responsibility when taking on this advanced skill. 

Nancy Schuttenbeld, MN, RN, WOCC(C)

Nancy has been a registered nurse for 27 years, and employed as a med/surg nurse, critical care nurse, community nurse, acute pain nurse and most recently wound, ostomy nurse. She completed her diploma program in 1990 in Saint John and then her Baccalaureate, and later her Masters of Nursing. She is certified as a Critical Care Nurse and completed the Enterostomal program in 2011 and recently obtained her Orthopaedic certification through CNA. She has lectured locally, provincially and nationally and volunteers with numerous health organizations. She has been employed in as the wound care clinician for Fredericton and surrounding areas since 2014. Her focus and professional passion are in pressure injury prevention and management and treatment of painful wounds.

Nancy will be presenting on “Let’s Take the Pressure Off”. In this presentation you will learn about pressure injury and explore how our nursing care affects outcomes. Data will be shared on a recent pressure injury study that took place in New Brunswick as well as new insights around pressure management and tips for nursing care.

Emily Woodgate, BScN, RN, WOCC (C)

Emily has been an RN at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax for the last 8 years. She has spent the majority of her career on the Medical, Surgical, Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Unit with a special emphasis on the burn population. In early 2017, she became a ETN and CNA certified. Currently, she works as the only Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence serving the entire population of the IWK (neonates through to adult), covering the maternity leave of a colleague.

Emily will be presenting on bowel management in the Hirschsprung’s Disease, Anorectoal Malformation (Imperforate Anus), and intractable constipation population. It will include discussions around interventions such as diet, routine, medications and surgical options.

See you on September !



Cathy Harley
Executive Director, NSWOCC




Hugh John Fleming Forestry Complex
1350 Regent St.
Fredericton, NB Canada
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