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Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET)

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy
If you are interested in becoming specialized in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence care, then the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) is the professional association to reach out to. For over 30 years, CAET has served about 300 members who are committed to providing the highest quality of specialized nursing care in wound, ostomy and continence. A volunteer board of directors represents British Columbia and the Yukon, the Prairies and Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. As the national voice for enterostomal therapy (ET) nurses, CAET promotes excellence through education, research and advocacy and supports leadership development for ET nurses.

CAET Supports Education
CAET owns and operates the CAET Academy, which provides a national distance education program for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses to pursue the 12-month enterostomal therapy program. The CAET Academy also provides online continuing education programs in wound, ostomy, continence, lower extremity edema management and writing for publication. The continuing education programs are available to all registered nurses who have an interest. The CAET also holds an annual educational conference with national and international speakers on wound, ostomy and continence topics.

Professional Practice and Development
The CAET has a core program built around professional practice and development. Standards of practice are one of the projects that are developed within this program in order to ensure that enterostomal therapy nurses maintain standards of practice and professional conduct.

Research and Informatics
This core program develops “Best Practice Recommendations” and we are currently completing a patient decision aid on intermittent self-catheterization. Outcomes research — such as the cost outcomes of wound care when ET nurses are involved — is also another focus as well as an ostomy outcomes study is in progress.

Political Action
CAET supports advocacy in the areas of enterostomal therapy nursing practice as well as the reimbursement of ostomy supplies for people living with an ostomy. Promoting the value of specialized enterostomal therapy nursing in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence are a priority of the CAET.

Leadership Development
Starting in June 2015, CAET will help build future leaders through the development of leadership skills, when our first CAET leadership program is launched. It will be available to ET nurses who want to develop their careers no matter what position they are employed in.

Building a National Network
By belonging to CAET, members have the opportunity to build a national network of specialized nurse experts who can share expertise, troubleshoot and support initiatives. When you become a member of CAET, you have the opportunity to advance in the field enterostomal therapy nursing. Membership in CAET also gives you a voice in the decisions being made for the profession. It also provides:

  • Member discounts
  • Access to members only information
  • 4 hours toward CNA certification requirement

We invite you to join CAET to become part of this dynamic specialty nursing association. For further information, please go to www.caet.ca and click on Join Us.

Catherine Harley Signature

Catherine Harley
Executive Director
Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy