WOCN Society's Historical Highlights
- Norma Gill, who had an ileostomy, became the first professional enterostomal therapist.
- Norma Gill and Rupert Turnbull opened the School of Enterostomal Therapy at Cleveland Clinic, requiring only that the trainee be an ostomate.
- 12 stomal therapists formed the American Association of Enterostomal Therapists (AAET).
- The original 12 founders were: Alveda Ahnafield, Jean Alvers, Charlotte Blackman (Carter), Kay Carlson, Robert Draper, Virginia Geimer, Norma Gill, Patricia Klemens, Darlene Larson, Edith Lenneberg, Bertha Okun and Jane Walker.
- First meeting of the AAET took place at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Education Building auditorium.
- President Edith Lenneberg.
- Name changed to the North American Association of Enterostomal Therapists (NAAET).
- Less than a year old, the NAAET was bankrupt. Neither the treasurer nor the funds were ever seen again.
- Second meeting of the NAAET took place in Cleveland.
- Ferguson-Droste-Ferguson, Grand Rapids, Michigan, was accredited as the third training center for Enterostomal Therapy.
- Third annual meeting took place in Hollywood, Florida.
- Name changed to the International Association for Enterostomal Therapy (IAET).
- President Henrene Honesty.
- Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York, became the fourth program in the nation.
- Fourth annual conference in San Francisco, California.
- First set of bylaws was drawn up; standards for the training schools were established which included the length of each program and requirements for certification; a bibliography was compiled; a salary and patient census survey was made
- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, became the fifth accredited school of enterostomal therapy.
- Fifth annual conference was held in Chicago.
- President Mary Jane May
- Sixth annual conference in Denver, Colorado.
- Bylaws required RN license for admission into educational programs and certification.
- BS required for admission into educational programs and certification.
- Established/incorporated a separate certification board.
- Name changed to Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), reflecting the expanded scope of practice to include wound and continence care.