NSWOC – Nurses Specializing in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (formerly known as ET Nurses)

Find An NSWOC Alberta


What is an NSWOC?

A Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) is a registered nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in wound, ostomy and continence care who has graduated from a World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) recognized education program.

Ostomy Canada is a proud partner of NSWOC Canada!
All NSWOCs are encouraged to become members of this important organization, as well as the Calgary Ostomy Society.

Where Can I See an NSWOC?

In many Alberta hospitals, we have what are known as E.T. or Wound clinics, where you will usually see an NSWOC after you are out of the hospital. While you are hospitalized however, they will typically visit you in your hospital room. Please note that they may not be available on weekends. There is now a homecare nurse who is a registered NSWOC in Calgary, so an in-home visit may be possible.

We are also grateful to have some amazing NSWOCs who volunteer with the Calgary Ostomy Society!

When Should I see An NSWOC?

These specials nurses can help you with your stoma, skin issues and much more! They also have many samples you can try if your current ostomy appliance isn’t working out. It is very important to see an NSWOC if you are having any skin issues like leakage, rash, etc.
NSWOCs are authorizers for Alberta Aids to Daily Living, the provincial ostomy coverage program, so you should to contact them for this reason also.
Please see our AADL page for more info.

How Can I Book An Appointment With An NSWOC?

Please call from the list below to book an appointment with a registered NSWOC. It is recommended that ostomates go to the hospital where they had their surgery as they would have your file.

Hospital Address Hours Phone
Peter Lougheed Centre 3500 26 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB Mon – Fri 7:30am – 3:30pm 403-943-4774
Foothills Medical Centre 1403 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB Mon – Fri 7:15am – 3:30pm 403-944-1552
Rockyview General Hospital 7007 14 Street SW, Calgary, AB Mon – Fri 7:15am – 3:30pm 403-943-3238
South Health Campus 4448 Front Street SE, Calgary, AB 403-956-3206
Alberta Children’s Hospital 28 Oki Drive NW, Calgary, AB 403-942-7290
Chinook Regional Hospital 960 - 19 Street S, Lethbridge, AB Mon – Fri 8:00am - 4:15pm 403-388-6234
Drayton Valley Hospital 4550 Madsen Ave, Drayton Valley, AB Mon – Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm 403-314-5789
Drumheller Health Centre 351 - 9 Street NW, Drumheller, AB Mon – Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm 403-820-7241
Olds Hospital and Care Centre 3901 - 57 Avenue, Olds, AB Mon – Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm 403-314-5789
Red Deer Bremner Ave Community Health Centre 2845 Bremner Ave, Red Deer, AB Mon – Fri 8:00am - 4:15pm 403-341-2122
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