Enterostomal Therapy Nursing

An Enterostomal Therapy (ET) or Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) nurse is a registered nurse with specialized training. This specialized training focuses on the care of people with wounds, issues with continence, and people who have had ostomy surgery.

In Canada this speciality is called Enterostomal Therapy. In the US this speciality is called a WOC nurse.

Initially, Enterostomal Therapists were people who had had ostomy surgery themselves. Eventually it became a nursing specialty. ET or WOC nurses have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, work experience, and successful completion of the ET/WOC training course.

In Canada, the ET course is offered through the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapists, the professional body for Canadian ET nurses. In the US, several schools offer the course. American WOC nurses have the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society as their professional body.