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Episode 4: Unpacking Ostomy Care

This week, Cara is joined by Joy Hooper, RN, BSN, CWOCN, OMS, WCC, to explore her specialized work in ostomy care. Joy reflects on her nursing journey, detailing how she transitioned into the field of ostomy care. She highlights a pivotal patient encounter that inspired her to create Anatomical Aprons by Joy, a tool aimed at educating patients about ostomies. Cara and Joy delve into the anatomical aspects of ostomies, discussing how Joy's aprons serve as valuable educational resources. Joy concludes by sharing essential insights for nurses working with ostomy patients, emphasizing key considerations in their care.

Joy Hooper, RN, BSN, CWOCN, OMS, WCC, has over 30 years of nursing experience, with a special focus on ostomy care. Twenty years ago, she invented the Anatomical Apron, now known as Anatomical Aprons by Joy, a teaching tool that has greatly enhanced patient and professional education regarding ostomy surgery. This innovation has significantly advanced her career, allowing her to teach wound and ostomy care certification courses for WCEI/Relias. Joy's dedication to improving patient outcomes and educating healthcare providers has established her as a respected leader in her field.