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Name: Enterostomal Therapy Nurse
Description: Specializes in the prevention of pressure ulcers and management and rehabilitation of patients with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence
Diagnoses: Stomas, including colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy; wounds such as surgical, pressure ulcers, fistulas, and venous/arterial ulcers; incontinence (urinary, fecal)
Practice roles: Nurse enterostomal therapist, nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator, director, executive, educator, consultant
Characteristics: Hands-on care, independence and autonomy, making a difference, patient gratitude, long-term patient relationships, new treatments and technology
Client age group: All ages
Drawbacks: Grief and loss, difficult patient contacts
Desirable skills: Strong psychomotor skills, excellent communication and teaching skills, positive attitude
Education: RN with BSN
Employers: Hospitals, office practices, pharmacies/suppliers, homecare agencies, clinics, extended-care facilities
Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (offers certification)
1550 S. Coast Hwy., #201
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (WOCN News)
888-224-WOCN or 714-476-0268