Our History

History of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing

1776
1776

First Documented Ostomy Surgery

French surgeon performed the first documented ostomy surgery for bowel blockage. A sponge was attached to the opening with a bandage to absorb any effluent.
1958
1958

First Enterostomal Therapist

Norma Gill offered a position as the first Enterostomal Therapist.
1961
1961

First Ostomy Program

The first formal ostomy education program was developed and it’s graduates termed Enterostomal Therapy Nurses
1964
1964

First Canadian Enterostomal Therapist

First Canadian Enterostomal Therapist
Bertha Okun who had surgery for Ulcerative Colitis in 1957 graduated from the Cleveland Clinic as an Enterostomal Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Rupert Turnbull becoming the first Canadian Enterostomal Therapist. She went on to be a founding member of the North American Association for Enterostomal Therapists in 1968, now known as the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society.
1980
1980

First Canadian Enterostomal Therapy School

First Canadian Enterostomal Therapy School started in Vancouver
1980

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy is Formed

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy is Formed
Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy is formed to address Canadian issues related to ET Nursing
1980

New Canadian Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Certificate Programs

University of Toronto and Université de Montréal open Enterostomal Therapy Nurse certificate programs
1982
1982

Acute & Chronic Wound Management

Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expands to include acute and chronic wounds
1986
1986

Continence Care

Enterostomal Therapy Nurse scope of practice expanded to include continence care
1990
1990

Closure of Canadian Certificate Programs

University of Toronto and Université de Montréal Enterostomal Therapy Nurse certificate programs close due to funding issues. Nurses go to the United States for Enterostomal Therapy Nurse training.
1995
1995

Global Recognition

55 countries recognize Stoma Therapy Nursing with schools in 21 countries
1996
1996

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy starts the Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy starts the Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy starts bilingual Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program with Nicole Denis as the founding director
2007
2007

New Online Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy ETNEP goes online for the first time
2008
2008

Celebrating 50 Years

ET nursing is 50 years old – one of the oldest nursing specialties!
2008

Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Granted Certification

Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) recognizes Enterostomal Therapy Nursing as a specialty and grants Enterostomal Therapy Nurses Certification as Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurses CETN(C)
2009
2009

First Graduates of the Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Certification Exam

60 ETNs write the 1st Certification Exam
2017
2017

Hundred of Graduates to Date

Hundreds of Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Entersomal Therapy Nurse graduates to date
2018
2018

Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program Technology & Online Simulation

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Academy begins working to bring technology and online simulation to the ETNEP program
2018

CAET Academy Obtains Library Access

CAET Academy obtains library access for students through the CINAHL database
2018

CAET becomes NSWOCC

CAET becomes NSWOCC
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy changes it’s name to Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC)
2018

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute is Born

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute is Born
The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy Academy changes it’s name to Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute. The Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program (ETNEP) becomes the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Progam (WOC-EP). The Knowledge to Practice courses become known as the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Skin Health Program. The CNA CETN(C) certification becomes the WOCC(C) certification.
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