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Enterostomal Therapy (ET) Nurse

An ET Nurse Helps Care For Patients Who Have Had Ostomy Surgery


Updated April 29, 2014

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Definition: An enterostomal therapy nurse, or ET nurse, is a registered nurse (RN) who has specialized training in treating patients with ostomies. An ET nurse may treat patients before, during, and after their ostomy surgery. Some situations that an ET nurse may help with include:

  • Working with patients and surgeons to determine optimal stoma placement
  • After-surgery care
  • Changing the ostomy appliance
  • Stoma and skin care

ET nurses are also specialized in treating patients who are incontinent or who have wounds (such as bed sores or fistulas) that need care.

Also Known As: Stoma Nurse

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