About NSWOCC

Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is a registered charity for over 500 nurses specialized in the nursing care of patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence and over 700 total members.

NSWOCC acts in the public interest for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence 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 Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence and gives Registered Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence 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.

Mission

Leading excellence is our passion.

Enhancing lives is our inspiration.

Innovation is our commitment.

Vision

Every person deserves specialized wound, ostomy and continence care.

Values

Nursing Specialty Excellence.

Leadership.

Collaborative partnerships.

NSWOCC's 40th Anniversary

 

Executive Board

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 which is an elected Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (Member of NSWOCC) and 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:

Regional Directors

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 which is an elected Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (Member of NSWOCC) and 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.

Get Involved!

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 office@nswoc.ca.

 

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute

 

Additional Leadership

 

National Office

Director of Operations

Troy Curtis

BHum(Hons)

 

The History of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing

1776

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.

 

1958

Norma Gill offered a position as the first Enterostomal Therapist.

 

1961

The first formal ostomy education program was developed, and its graduates termed Enterostomal Therapy Nurses

 

1964

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.

 

1980

First Canadian Enterostomal Therapy School started in Vancouver

 

1980

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy is formed to address Canadian issues related to ET Nursing

 

1980

New Canadian Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Certificate Programs

University of Toronto and Université de Montréal open Enterostomal Therapy Nurse certificate programs

1982

Acute & Chronic Wound Management

Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expands to include acute and chronic wounds

 

1986

Continence Care

Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expanded to include continence care

1990

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.

 

1995

Global Recognition: 55 countries recognize Stoma Therapy Nursing with schools in 21 countries

1996

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy starts bilingual Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program with Nicole Denis as the founding director

 

2007

New Online Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy ETNEP goes online for the first time

 

2008

ET nursing turns 50 years old – one of the oldest nursing specialties!

 

2008

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)

 

2009

First Graduates of The Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Certification Exam

60 ETNs write the 1st Certification Exam

 

2017

Hundreds of Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Entersomal Therapy Nurse graduates to date

 

2018

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

 

2018

CAET Academy Obtains Library Access

CAET Academy obtains library access for students through the CINAHL database

 

2018

CAET becomes NSWOCC

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy changes its name to Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC)

 

2018

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.