An ostomy nurse provides care and treatment for patients with digestive and urinary disorders. This specialty falls within the specialty of wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing. For ostomy care, nurses provide pre-operative and post-operative support, and education for patients with colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies. Ostomy nurses can see patients in inpatient or outpatient settings and are knowledgeable in surgical wound management, assessing for signs of infection or issues with a stoma and surrounding skin, troubleshooting, and recommending ostomy products for leak prevention.
Ostomy nurses have a strong ability to lead and direct others, are driven, and able to work with autonomy and as part of a team. They have strong teaching skills and are able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and members of the multidisciplinary team.
Ostomy Nurse Organizations and Certifications
- Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB)
- National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy
- Ostomy Management Specialist Certification (OMS)
- Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)
- United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc
Our ostomy nurse expert 7953 received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2001, became certified in Wound Ostomy Continence (CWON) in 2006, and has been a certified legal nurse consultant since 2015. She is currently working as an Advanced Practice Wound and Ostomy Nurse and has been in this role since 2007; she has been working in ostomy care since 2005.
This expert also has experience as an educator and nursing instructor and prior to becoming a wound and ostomy nurse, she worked in labor and delivery.
As an experienced expert witness, our ostomy nurse has worked on wound and ostomy cases previously. This expert is currently living and working in San Diego, California, and is available nationwide.