Kennedy’s T. Maria Jones, RN, Named National ‘Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurse of the Year’
Friday, July 13, 2012

T. Maria Jones, RN

T. Maria Jones, BS, RN, CWOCN, DAPWCA, FMNLI, a Wound Care Specialist based at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill, NJ, was named “Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurse (WOCN) of the Year” by the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc (UOAA). Ms. Jones was honored at awards ceremony held at the WOCN Society’s Annual Conference on June 10th in Charlotte, NC.

The award recipient was selected by a UOAA-appointed committee comprised of WOC nurses. The candidates were evaluated on their contribution to their support group’s viability, including governance support, educational programming at monthly meetings, and support and utilization of the group’s ostomy patient visiting program, as well as participation in group projects, such as fund raising, public awareness and outreach, and one-on-one counseling regarding ostomy management.

Ms. Jones has worked for the Kennedy Health System for five years and resides in Mt. Holly, NJ, with her daughter. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and the fellow Minority Nurse Leadership Institute (FMNLI).

Ostomy surgery, a life-saving bowel and urinary diversion procedure, is performed on 70,000 people in the United States annually. There are four types of ostomy surgery:  Colostomy, Ileostomy, Urostomy and Continent Diversion.  The primary reasons for ostomy surgery include colon cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease), bladder cancer, trauma and birth abnormalities.  Ostomy patients range in age from babies to seniors in their 90s.  There are over three quarters of a million people in the United States who have an ostomy.