Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is a registered charity for over 600 nurses specialized in the nursing care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence and over 1,000 total Members and Associates.
NSWOCC acts in the public interest for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOCs) to give national leadership in wound, ostomy and continence promoting high standards for NSWOC practice, education, research and administration to achieve quality specialized nursing care.
NSWOCC speaks for NSWOCs and gives them a strong national association through which they can support each other and speak with a powerful, unified voice. NSWOCC is working towards taking an active role in legislative policy which could influence the health care decisions that affect NSWOC professionals every day.
Leading excellence is our passion.
Enhancing lives is our inspiration.
Innovation is our commitment.
Every person deserves specialized wound, ostomy and continence care.
Nursing Specialty Excellence.
Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada is a national organization which is set up in five regions to strengthen communication. Each Region is led by a Regional Director who is an elected Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (Member of NSWOCC). There are two regional meetings held per year which all NSWOCC members can attend. The NSWOCC Regional Directors are NSWOCC Board Members and they report to the NSWOCC Executive Board. The Regional breakdown and Regional Directors are as follows:
Core Program Leaders
We are pleased to introduce our Core Program Leaders. These programs have produced exemplary work from members of the NSWOCC.
If you’d like to get more information about a Core Program, or if you’d like to learn how to get involved, please email email@example.com.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute
NSWOCC's 40th Anniversary
The History of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
French surgeon performed the first documented ostomy surgery for bowel blockage. A sponge was attached to the opening with a bandage to absorb any effluent.
Norma Gill offered a position as the first Enterostomal Therapist.
The first formal ostomy education program was developed, and its graduates termed Enterostomal Therapy Nurses.
Bertha Okun who had surgery for Ulcerative Colitis in 1957 graduated from the Cleveland Clinic as an Enterostomal Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Rupert Turnbull becoming the first Canadian Enterostomal Therapist. She went on to be a founding member of the North American Association for Enterostomal Therapists in 1968, now known as the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society.
The first Canadian Enterostomal Therapy School is started in Vancouver.
Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy is formed to address Canadian issues related to ET Nursing.
New Canadian Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Certificate Programs Formed.
University of Toronto and Université de Montréal open Enterostomal Therapy Nurse certificate programs.
Acute & Chronic Wound Management
Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expands to include acute and chronic wounds.
Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expanded to include continence care.
Closure Of Canadian Certificate Programs
University of Toronto and Université de Montréal Enterostomal Therapy Nurse certificate programs close due to funding issues. Nurses go to the United States for Enterostomal Therapy Nurse training.
Global Recognition: 55 countries recognize Stoma Therapy Nursing with schools in 21 countries.
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy starts bilingual Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program with Nicole Denis as the founding director.
New Online Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program -
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy ETNEP goes online for the first time.
ET nursing turns 50 years old – one of the oldest nursing specialties!
Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Granted Certification
Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) recognizes Enterostomal Therapy Nursing as a specialty and grants Enterostomal Therapy Nurses Certification as Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurses CETN(C).
First Graduates of The Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Certification Exam -
60 ETNs write the 1st Certification Exam.
Hundreds of Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Entersomal Therapy Nurse graduates to date.
Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program Technology & Online Simulation -
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Academy begins working to bring technology and online simulation to the ETNEP program.
CAET Academy Obtains Library Access -
CAET Academy obtains library access for students through the CINAHL database.
CAET becomes NSWOCC -
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy changes its name to Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC).
The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute is Born
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Academy changes its name to Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute. The Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program (ETNEP) becomes the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Progam (WOC-EP). The Knowledge to Practice courses become known as the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Skin Health Program. The CNA CETN(C) certification becomes the WOCC(C) certification.