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Foster WOCN Grant
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The purpose of the Foster Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOCN) Grant is to assist members of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA) to further their professional education and expertise in the area of wound and ostomy care.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Must be an APSNA member in good standing for at least one year.
  2. Must be a registered nurse or an advanced practice nurse with a minimum of one-year experience in pediatric surgical nursing who is actively involved in pediatric surgery care, education, or research.
  3. The applicant must meet the entry requirements for the WOCN program of choice.
  4. The applicant may be enrolled in a wound or ostomy track or the complete WOCN program.
  5. See APSNA Grant Policy for additional information.

Responsibilities of the Recipient:

  1. Sign a letter of agreement before funds are dispersed, which further delineates grantee responsibilities.
  2. Complete a W-9 for APSNA’s financial records.
  3. Maintain APSNA membership for one year after completion of project/fund allocation.

How to Apply: 

Send the following information electronically to

  1. Submit an Online Application (Below).
  2. Submit current curriculum vitae.
  3. Submit a budget that specifies the use of grant funds.
  4. Letter of support from a professional colleague which addresses the following points.
    1. The relationship between the colleagues.
    2. The applicant's position and responsibilities.
    3. The applicant's interest in and commitment to care of children and families with surgical issues.
  5. A cover letter from the applicant to the APSNA Awards Chair which includes the following:
    1. Credentials
    2. Experience in pediatric surgical nursing.
    3. Initiatives and involvement in APSNA, if any.
    4. A description of the applicant’s professional pediatric surgical nursing and educational goals and how the scholarship being applied for will help the applicant attain them. The letter needs to include what is the applicant's current practice in enterostomal or wound therapy, and address #3 or 4 of the eligibility criteria.

Application Dates: 

Deadline is December 31.

Awardee will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting.

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Past Recipients:

2018: Rebekah Barrette

2017: Xoana Zampieri

2016: Tamara Meeker

2011: Elizabeth Vaughn

"I am so appreciative for this grant as it helped me to finish my Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) nursing program earlier this year. I attended the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program (WOCNEP) at Rutgers University, Camden campus and had an excellent learning experience. For anyone even remotely interested in the specialty, I would highly recommend becoming a WOC nurse. With the knowledge gained in a WOC nursing education program, we are better able to provide the expert and comprehensive care our surgical patients need." - TM, 2016

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he amount of the monies awarded to recipients of the WOCN award will be based on the balance of the fund at the time of the award selection. The award amount will be approximately 4% of the balance of the fund, an amount recommended by APSNA’s Certified Financial Planner. This is a conservative and standard amount typically withdrawn from investment funds, which does not place the fund at financial risk. The amount awarded from year to year will likely vary based on the performance of the WOCN funds.

Currently the amount awarded for the Fosters Grant is: $1,700.00


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