Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing

Wound, Ostomy and Continence NursingWound, Ostomy, and Continence/ Enterostomal Therapy (WOC/ET) nurses at St. Luke's MSTI are registered nurses who are graduates of an educational program accredited by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) and are board certified. WOC/ET nursing is offered as both an inpatient and outpatient service in a variety of clinics.

(WOC/ET) nurses specialize in the care of disorders of the gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, and skin, including:


  • Pre- and post-operative education and counseling
  • Stoma site selection
  • Assistance with dietary, sexual, and lifestyle issues
  • Post-discharge care and counseling
  • Product recommendations for stoma management

Impaired Skin and Draining Wounds

  • Treatment induced skin reactions
  • Containment of drainage
  • Odor control
  • Prevention of skin breakdown
  • Vascular ulcers, pressure ulcers, and diabetic ulcers
  • Identification of patients at risk
  • Initiation of preventative measures
  • Comprehensive wound management (i.e., reduction of causative factors, nutritional assessment and referral, and appropriate topical therapy)
  • Patient, family, and support person education
  • Consistent and accurate documentation

Incontinence – Urinary and Fecal

  • Assessment and determination of causative and contributing factors
  • Patient/caregiver instruction in measures to restore continence (e.g., toileting programs, dietary and environmental modifications, pelvic muscle exercises, and catheterization)
  • Recommendations for containment devices, absorptive products, and skin care needs
  • Patient, family, and support person education and counseling

Phone: 381-2777



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