The Wayne HealthCare Enterostomal Therapy Department has been in existence since the early 1970's. At that time, the primary requirement for an Enterostomal Therapist (ET) was for the ET or a family member of the ET to have a stoma. This shared personal experience made a huge difference in the quality of life for ostomy patients both physically and emotionally. Over time, as healthcare increased in complexity and the requirements of nursing changed, it became necessary for the role of ET to be filled by a board-certified nurse. Now, those providing enterostomal therapy are referred to as “Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurses” to reflect the expansion of clinical practice.
A Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) has demonstrated knowledge in the assessment, management, and product selection for wounds caused by pressure ulcers, venous and arterial disease, diabetes, draining incisions, and traumatic injuries.
A Certified Ostomy Care Nurse (COCN) has demonstrated knowledge in the assessment, management, and product selection for patients in the preoperative and postoperative phases of surgery, whether it is for an ileostomy, colostomy, urinary diversion, or fistula. These nurses also do ongoing management and problem solving.
Wayne HealthCare's CWCN/COCN may be reached at Ext. 5205.