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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 specialist 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 certification exam. Instructors include a physician and nurses from diverse health care backgrounds, who are credentialed, dynamic and passionate about Ostomy Management.

Your path to 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
  • The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and mask wearing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people. Relias LLC (“Company”) has put in place preventative measures in accordance with federal, state, and local government recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, Company cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19.

Certification Examination

Your clinical experience and the knowledge gained from the course will help prepare you for a ostomy certification exam.

After registering for the course, if you plan to sit for a certification exam, you will select a credentialing board, complete their exam application, and pay their certification fees.  The credentialing board determines your exam eligibility.  For your convenience, the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® administers the certification examination at most course locations the day after the course concludes.

Contact NAWCO at 877-922-6292 for exam-related questions.


Can’t Find a Course Near You?

With a minimum class size of 15, 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.
Certificates

Intended Audience

This course is intended for multiple professions including nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals interested in wound care.

Credits

Nurses: 36 contact hours
Physical Therapists: 36 contact hours
Dietitians: 36 contact hours

Contact hours include 6.0 hours for completion of required pre-course modules.
 
Disclosures
Joy Hooper, RN, BSN, CWOCN, OMS, WCC, AWCC, planner for this educational event, disclosed that she is on the clinical advisory board for SafeNSimple and Stomagienics, and a consultant for Stomagienics. All the relevant financial relationships listed for Ms. Hooper have been mitigated.
 
None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
 

Accreditation Information:

In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
 
Relias LLC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP13791 for 36 contact hours.
 
As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
 
Dietetics-related continuing education from Relias LLC, regardless of target profession, is acceptable, if the learning relates to the Competencies/Performance Indicators (PIs) on the learner's Step 1 Learning Plan.
 
Relias LLC is a licensed physical therapy continuing Education sponsor (#216.000290) by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Certificates must be retained by the licensee for a period of 5 years after course completion. Please check with your state for prior approval.
 
Tuition Cost

Tuition Rate

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

Certification Examination fees: Fees are not included in the tuition rate.  ou will need to select a credentialing board, complete their exam application and pay 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

Financial Options Cancellation Policy

Schedule & Content

Schedule

Four-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. Pre-course modules must be completed prior to live course start. Modules only available during class days with no extensions.
 
Days 1 - 4
 
8:00AM - 5:00PM
 
Classroom Training
 
Day 5







 
8:00AM - 11:00AM







 
For your convenience, the National Alliance of
Wound Care and Ostomy® administers the
certification examination at most course
locations the day after the course concludes.

Contact NAWCO at 877-922-6292 for 

exam-related questions.


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.
What Others Say Matters
 
“I would absolutely recommend taking the wound care certification course. I thought I knew what I was doing before the course, but after the course, I was way more confident and I could just build on those skills after that. I don’t think anybody should be doing wound care without the certification. It just adds so much to your knowledge and confidence and knowing what you’re doing to treat the wounds. And since my colleague and both I got certified, our wound care rates are through the roof-- they’re just amazing!”
Tara Swan, FNP, WCC, Carroll County Memorial Hospital
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