Bonus Episode 2.4 (Bonus) Ostomy Observations Series S2E4: Ostomy Support Your Way: More Options Now Than Ever Before

This special podcast is part of the Ostomy Observations Series, a 6-part series included in the “Educating Today for Exceptional Outcomes Tomorrow” Program. During this episode, we sit down with Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN, to discuss the history and importance of ostomy support groups, group alternatives, ways that WOC nurses can get involved, additional resources and more.

Both the Ostomy Observations podcast series and the Educating Today for Exceptional Outcomes Tomorrow Program are commercially supported through an educational grant from Hollister Incorporated. For additional information, please visit: The WOCN® Society does not endorse or support products or services.

Episode Resources:
Visit to learn about the United Ostomy Associations of America
Click here to find a nearby UOAA Affiliated Support Group throughout the United States
Click here to learn about the Emory University Wound, Ostomy, And Continence Nursing Education Center
Click here to learn about the Cleveland Clinic – R.B. Turnbull, Jr. Md WOC Nursing Education Program

Facebook support groups:

Visit to learn about the Ostomy Canada Society

Journal articles:

  • Click here to view articles related to patient support groups published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (JWOCN)
  • Click here to view the article on starting and maintaining hospital-based ostomy support groups

Visit to learn about The Youth Rally
Click here for a variety of patient resources
Access the free tool Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers

Contact Hours: 0.75

The planners and faculty for this program have nothing to disclose unless listed on the event website. All potential Conflicts of Interest have been reviewed by the Lead Nurse Planner, Nurse Planner, and Director of Education, and resolved according to the WOCN Society policy to ensure that no bias exists as a result of disclosed relevant financial relationships with Commercial Interest Organizations.

About the Speaker:
Stephanie Yates holds a BSN from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MSN from Duke University with a primary focus in adult oncology. She later completed a Post Masters certificate as an adult nurse practitioner. Her WOC nursing training was completed at Emory in 1981. Practicing as a WOC nurse for over 35 years, ostomy patients have always been a large part of her practice. She has lectured on ostomy related topics in a variety of settings and was recently lead author in the revision of the PSAG tool and resulting manuscript.