An ET nurse, also known as an Enterostomal Therapy nurse or an Ostomy nurse, is a specialized healthcare professional who provides care and support to individuals with stomas, wounds, and related conditions. These nurses are trained to assist patients in managing various types of ostomies, such as colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies, as well as complex wound care.
ET nurses undergo additional education and training to develop expertise in stoma care, including the assessment, management, and education related to stomas and their associated appliances (such as ostomy pouches). They work closely with patients who have undergone ostomy surgery, providing guidance on pouching techniques, skin care, and addressing any concerns or complications that may arise.
In addition to stomas, ET nurses also have expertise in wound care, including the management of chronic wounds, pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, and other complex or challenging wounds. They have knowledge of wound assessment, dressing selection, wound healing techniques, and patient education.
ET nurses often work in hospitals, clinics, home care settings, or specialized wound care centers. They collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, including surgeons, wound care specialists, and other healthcare professionals, to provide comprehensive care to individuals with stomas and wounds.
If you have an ostomy or wound-related concerns, consulting with an ET nurse can be highly beneficial. They can provide valuable support, education, and resources to help you effectively manage your condition and optimize your quality of life.