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Overview

Dramatically Improve Outcomes for Underserved Ostomy Patients

Each year thousands of people face life changing surgeries to correct gastrointestinal or urinary tract disorders. These individuals are from all age groups, and require trained professionals to help them successfully adapt to the unique concerns caused by these surgeries. An Ostomy Management Specialist® (OMS) is trained to understand both the physiological and emotional challenges people with stomas face on a daily basis.
 

Onsite Classroom Learning

This week-long course is rigorous but highly dynamic and prepares you for the Ostomy Management Specialist® (OMS) credential offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®). Instructors include a physician and nurses from diverse health care backgrounds, who are credentialed, dynamic and passionate about Ostomy Management.

Your path to OMS certification begins with online modules. These in-depth and engaging modules teach the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and urinary systems, so that you begin the onsite class prepared for hands-on skills laboratories and practice sessions. Benefits of this onsite course include:
  • Quiet, dedicated time out of the office to really focus on wound care training
  • Real, practical and hands-on use of new tools and techniques
  • Opportunities to tackle subjects and ask questions outside the standard course training
  • Networking with other learners, sharing experiences and social interaction
  • Valuable feedback from the trainer and others in the group

Ostomy Management Specialist® (OMS) Examination

The prestigious OMS credential is offered through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®). After registering for the course, you will receive instructions on how to complete the NAWCO® exam application and pay exam fees.  NAWCO® will review your application and determine whether you meet eligibility requirements. The OMS examination, proctored by NAWCO®, is offered on the final day of the onsite classroom course.
 

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With a minimum class size of 10, WCEI® can bring a certification course right to your own facility, where you can include fellow healthcare providers and make the course a community event.

Ostomy Candidate Exam Handbook
Course Content

Schedule

Five-Day Course

The course includes eight (8) self-paced, home-based computer instructional modules followed by an onsite classroom course with lectures, hands-on skills laboratories and practice sessions.
 
Days 1 - 4 8:00AM - 5:00PM Classroom Training
Day 5 8:00AM - 11:00AM Board Certification Examination


Curriculum

  • Section 1   Introduction
  • Section 2   Wound Healing
  • Section 3   Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal System
  • Section 4   GI Ostomies
  • Section 5   Ostomy Surgery
  • Section 6   Anatomy and Physiology of the Urinary System
  • Section 7   Urinary Diversions
  • Section 8   Urinary Disorders that May Require Surgery
  • Section 9   Adjustment to a Stoma
  • Section 10 Stoma Assessment
  • Section 11 Stoma Siting
  • Section 12 Appliances, Pouching, and Accessory Products for Stoma Care    
  • Section 13 Peristomal Skin Complications
  • Section 14 Stoma Complications
  • Section 15 Fistula Management
  • Section 16 Special Ostomy Procedures
  • Section 17 Appliance Assessment 
  • Section 18 Tube Management
  • Section 19 Pediatric Ostomy Management
  • Section 20 Patient Education            
 

Learning Objectives

  • List key characteristics required for stomal and peristomal skin assessment.
  • Discuss the different types and indications of pouching systems and accessories used with stoma pouching systems.
  • Explain the steps of stoma siting procedure for optimal location on abdomen for a stoma.
  • Discuss emotions that a new ostomy patient is likely to experience before and after the creation of a stoma or a continent diversion.
  • Discuss the etiology, identification and treatment - both conservative and surgical, if appropriate - of the five stomal complications.
  • Differentiate between types of fistulas in terms of causative factors, pathophysiology and principles of management.
  • List indications, contraindications and procedure steps for colostomy irrigation.
  • Describe causes, symptoms and interventions for ileostomy food blockage.
  • Identify the purpose, design, location in the intestine, methods of accessing and management of three enterostomal and three enterostomy tubes.
  • State how to assess for, prevent and manage four enteral tube complications.
  • Discuss conditions in the pediatric patient that may require a fecal or urinary diversion.
  • Summarize the management of a pediatric patient with a urinary or fecal diversion.
  • Summarize the goals of pre-operative teaching, list what should be covered, and develop an individualized teaching plan for a patient based on an assessment of their learning needs.
  • Demonstrate a stoma assessment.
  • Demonstrate application, emptying and removal of a cut to fit two-piece pouching system.
  • Demonstrate patient teaching methods for application, emptying and removal of a pouching system.
  • Demonstrate the “crusting” procedure.
  • Explain the goals of post-operative teaching, list what should be covered, and develop an individualized teaching plan based on an assessment of their learning needs.
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Financial Options

Tuition Rate

$2,297  WCEI® Individual Alumni Rate
$2,697  Individual Student Rate

Examination fees: Fees are not included in the tuition rate.  After registering for the course, you will be directed to complete the exam application and pay any exam fees.

Group Code: A group code identifies a course tuition rate for organizations who have an agreement with WCEI®. The code is given to individuals associated with the organization who are taking a course. The code, if applicable, must be used when registering for the course.

Included with Tuition

  • Online pre-course modules
  • Onsite course training
  • 36 continuing education contact hours upon completion
  • WCEI® Ostomy Management course workbook
  • Learning aides: glossary, sample questions and more
  • Tools, including a business tote bag, pen and highlighter
  • Pre-exam certification review (course review)
  • Exclusive access to resource materials
  • Networking lunches (at most locations)

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What Others Say Matters
 
“Being certified has really increased patient satisfaction, satisfaction of the physicians. I think the physicians have high respect and high regard.”
Sandy Bjornstad, RN, OMS, WCC, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services
Edgerton, WI
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