Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s):
  • Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, RN
  • Debra J. Dunn, BSN, RN, CWON-NP
  • Alicia L. Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE
Peer Reviewer(s): Joyce Pittman, PhD, FNP-BC, CWOCN
Item#: I6334
Contents: 1 Course Book (80 pages)

Ostomy Management



Price $29.95
Item # I6334
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This basic-level course is written by ostomy experts who share their knowledge and expertise on managing ostomies. It is packed with detailed practical information that will enable rehabilitation professionals to work more effectively with patients with an ostomy. Self-management considerations are also discussed. Clinical tips are highlighted throughout to provide clinical strategies from post op day one to discharge and beyond. Content is based on best practice guidelines from the Wound Ostomy and Continence Clinical Practice Ostomy Subcommittee; United Ostomy Associations of America; and the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. 

AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention

Course Objectives
  • Describe incontinent fecal and urinary diversions, including the various types of stomas
  • Discuss postoperative ostomy assessment and care, including the selection and management of ostomy pouching systems
  • Discuss ways to assist a patient who is adjusting to life with an ostomy
Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, RN, has over 25 years of diverse nursing experience in home care, obstetrics, and home infusion. Additionally, Dr. Weideman has specialized as a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse. Currently, Dr. Weideman is an assistant clinical professor at Duquesne University; she was one of the initial clinical instructors in the community-based program. Her work with students and the American Cancer Society in providing cancer prevention education in under-served communities led to her receiving the American Cancer Society’s Community Impact Award and Cancer Control Merit Award.

Debra J. Dunn, BSN, RN, CWON-NP is a certified wound ostomy nurse. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA and successfully completed the course of study at Cleveland Clinic’s R.B. Turnbull School of Wound Ostomy Continence nursing. She is currently finishing her post-graduate course of study at Duquesne University in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Ms. Dunn has provided direct patient care to ostomy patients in the acute care and outpatient settings for the past 4 years.

Alicia L. Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE is an assistant clinical professor at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. Alicia has actively instructed nursing students in the acute and long-term settings for 8 years, thus being exposed to a variety of clients requiring some form of ostomy care. Her primary areas of clinical interest are emergency/trauma and critical care nursing, and she has 19 years of experience in those fields. Dr. Culleiton earned her BSN from the Catholic University of America, her MSN in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her DNP from Chatham University.

Joyce Pittman, PhD, FNP-BC, CWOCN has over 32 years experience in clinical practice, including 12 years experience as a certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) nurse and 8 years as a Nurse Practitioner. She received her PhD and MSN (ANP) from Indiana University, completed the FNP courses with Northern Kentucky University, BSN from University of South Florida, and WOC training from Emory University. Dr. Pittman has been active as a nurse practitioner, specializing in wound, ostomy, and continence conditions and focusing on complex wound management, pressure ulcer prevention, staff education, and collaboration with medical staff. She is currently team leader of the WOC Team at Indiana University Health-Methodist, a large Level I Trauma Center in the Midwest United States. Joyce is also an adjunct associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing.

Dr. Pittman has been involved in a variety of research activities, including surgical site infections, living with a chronic wound, descriptive study of veterans with an ostomy, examining patient characteristics with a new ostomy, testing of two new instruments to identify risk factors for ostomy complications, and bowel management methods for fecal incontinence in critical care. Joyce has received several academic and professional awards, such as the Indiana University School of Medicine Aging Fellowship, Dr. Sherri Smith Grant Scholarship, Emily Holmquist Award, and WOCN Research Poster Merit Award.

Dr. Pittman’s practice and research is focused on the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of those individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence issues and improving the quality of care provided in our healthcare systems.

  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.