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Purpose: The Cleveland Ostomy Association is a volunteer, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing support, education, and information to those of all ages who have or will have an ostomy or a continent diversion procedure. We hope to bring ostomates, their families, and their friends the light of hope and the hand of friendship through visitation and rehabilitation.

What is a W.O.C.N/ET Nurse?

The Cleveland Ostomy Association has an ET Nurse available for you to speak with at all of our support group meetings.

An "ET" (Enterostomal Therapy) Nurse, now usually known as a "Wound, Ostomy and Continence" (WOC) Nurse, is often the best medical professional for dealing with problems involving ostomies.

An ET Nurse is a graduate of an educational program accredited by the
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). ET Nurses specialize in the care of patients with selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integumentary systems. They provide stoma care which includes:

    * pre and post-operative education and counseling
    * stoma site selection
    * assistance with dietary, sexual, and lifestyle issues
    * post-discharge care and counseling

In addition, ET nurses manage draining wounds and fistulas; they treat pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, and neuropathic ulcers; and they help manage incontinence.

To locate an ET nurse near you: The W.O.C.N. website
( has an online referral database you can search with your web browser.