Enterostomal Therapist (ET) is just one of the titles used globally to identify nurses trained in the specialty of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing (WOCN). Enterostomal therapy is considered a specialty practice in most countries and involves components of expert clinical practice, education, leadership and research. Globally both general and specialty nursing varies in relation to entry level, registration, credentialing, titles and scope of practice.
This has a direct effect in relation to ET nursing levels of practice, which varies from providing patient education and counseling, through varying spectrums of expert clinical practice to advanced practice. This presentation will discuss the global challenges of ostomy nursing education around the world and will propose possible solutions in this age of advanced technology.
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