Multi-state regional nursing conference held in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- A healthcare event being held in Morgantown throughout the weekend kicked off Thursday evening.

The Mid-East Region Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Conference is an annual event that is held in one of five states each Fall. However, for the first time ever the multi-state regional nursing conference was held locally, in Morgantown.

Nurses, Physcians and Medical Professionals traveled to the conference for this educational event.

Monica Cook, President of the Mid-East Region of the WOCN, says that holding the conference here is a plus for local professionals and those visiting as it showcases what the state has to offer.

"It gives people in other states the opportunity to see whats in West Virginia and for many of us it's our first visit to Morgantown"

The location for the nursing conference changes each year, and was previously held in Charleston, West Virginia.

Local Certified Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse at WVU, Toni McNett. explained to 5 News that she is grateful for the window of opportunity this educational event will offer the area.

"We have a lot of patients in need that need complex care and as a wound and Ostomy nurse I know, I see those patients every day."

"Were fortunate to have the opportunity to have these learning opportunities in our learning institution that we work in so it brings a great service to our citizens in WV"

Those attending the conference will be awarded 12 continuing education credits from the Ohio Nurse Association. The conference will be here until Saturday and includes dining with colleagues, a paint and sip, and a night out at Mountaineer Field.