Overview
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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

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.
Credential

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for multiple professions including nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.  To find accreditation information for your profession visit Continuing Education Details.
Disclosure: The planners and author(s) of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity.


Additional Information For OT/OTA:

Occupational Therapists: 3.6 AOTA CEUs (26.5 contact hours)

Occupational Therapy Assistants: 3.6 AOTA CEUs (26.5 contact hours)
 
Disclosures:
Joy Hooper, BSN, RN, CWOCN, OMS, WCC, is manager of MedicalCraft, LLC, an ostomy education company and owner of Community Ostomy/Wound Clinic. She discloses that she has received gifts and is on the advisory panel for Safe N Simple.
 
The planners this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
 
Occupational Therapy Level and Content Focus
 
Content Level: Advanced
 
Content Focus:
- Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
- Occupational Therapy Process: Activity Demands
- Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation
 
Course delivery format: Live conference
 
Instructional Method: Live multi-day presentation using lecture, discussion, and PowerPoint
Tuition Cost

Tuition Rate

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