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
Expert 1842 is a registered nurse certified in Ostomy Management (OMS), Wound Ostomy (CWON), Wound Care (WCC), debridement, and Diabetic Education (CDE). Our ostomy nurse received her Baccalaureate in the Science of Nursing from California State University and has been in the nursing field since 2006.
She has experience in intermediate care, management of medical nursing floor, family birth center, and has been working as a wound ostomy nurse since 2014. In her current position, she is the team leader of wound, ostomy, and diabetic education.
This ostomy nurse expert has experience as an expert witness in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing. She is currently living and working in Redding, California, and is available nationwide.