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The Enterostomal Therapy Society of Saudi Arabia was established as a chapter of the Saudi Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery in June 2011. It was established in order to improve the standards of care and the lives of patients by promoting Enterostomal Therapy Nursing as a profession within the region.

The mission of the Enterostomal Therapy Society of Saudi Arabia is to improve the standards of care for individuals living in Saudi Arabia with a stoma, enterocutaneous fistula, complicated wound, incontinence and related conditions. This will be achieved by promoting the art and science of Enterostomal Therapy, including the promotion of advances in education, research, professional development and patient services.

The vision of the Enterostomal Therapy Society of Saudi Arabia is:
  • To ensure that specialized nursing care is available throughout Saudi Arabia for people with a need for ostomy, wound and continence care
  • To ensure that specialist ostomy, wound and continence supplies are available for patients throughout the regions of Saudi Arabia
  • To provide nurses throughout Saudi Arabia with access to ostomy, wound and continence specialist education

  • Honesty, Integrity and trust - adherence to a recognized code of ethics
  • Patient centred care - respect, empathy, compassion and empowerment
  • Diversity - culturally appropriate care and collaboration
  • Holistic specialized care
  • Lifelong learning and development of expertise
  • Evidence based specialized education and care – research and a scientific approach
  • Communication – transparency, open communication, debate and collaboration

A full member will be a licensed health care professional who works with or has an interest in caring for people with stomas, draining wounds, fistula or incontinence. A full member may make motions and vote plus all other privileges of membership.
A full member who has a nationally or internationally recognized qualification in stoma/enterostomal therapy may hold executive positions on the board.

An associate member will be any individual who supports the mission and objectives of the Enterostomal Therapy Society of Saudi Arabia but doesn’t meet the full membership criteria. An associate member cannot make motions, vote or hold an executive position on the board.

A life member shall be a full member who has shown distinction and eminence in the field of Enterostomal Therapy Nursing. The member must be shall be recommended and approved by the executive board. A life member shall not at any time now or in the future pay membership fees but will have all of the privileges of a full membership.

Presently membership fees will not be charged; this issue will be reviewed and discussed at biannual meetings of the executive board. The Enterostomal Therapy Society of Saudi Arabia reserves the right to implement fee charging for full and associate members in the future.

The title of the society is “The Enterostomal Therapy Society of Saudi Arabia-A Chapter of the Saudi Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery”.

The objectives of the Enterostomal Therapy Society of Saudi Arabia shall be the support, advocacy and rehabilitation of persons with stomas, enterocutaneous fistula, complicated wounds, incontinence and bowel management problems or related disorders by:
  • Providing an official forum for those concerned with the support, advocacy and rehabilitation of individuals with the above mentioned conditions
  • Providing networking opportunities for professionals
  • Promoting the knowledge, skills and experience of those living with and those caring for individuals with the above mentioned conditions
  • Promoting awareness in others of the role and contribution of stoma/enterostomal therapists

  • The executive board shall be elected every three years by the full and life members.
  • To stand for election to the executive board a candidate must have been a full member or a life member for at least a period of three years.
  • The candidate must consent to being nominated in writing.
  • The term of office for executive boards members shall be three years, a member may be nominated for two consecutive terms
  • The member may be nominated for other positions on the executive board after their term is complete
  • If after two consecutive terms there is no other candidate the executive board may vote if further terms are considered for the same member to be nominated for the same position
  • In the case that a position becomes vacant in the middle of any term the executive board members shall vote to nominate and accept a member into the position until the term is complete

Members nominated for election to the executive board must:
  • Have a nationally of internationally recognized qualification in stoma/enterostomal therapy
  • Must be a practicing stoma/enterostomal therapist
  • Have been full or life time member for a minimum of two years
  • Have attended a general meeting of the ET Chapter
  • Be present when elections take place and during the subsequent terms of office
  • Assume office immediately following the general meeting

  • The executive board shall manage the affairs of the ET Chapter
  • The executive board shall meet at least biennially
  • All decisions made by the executive board shall be presented electronically or at general meetings
  • All decisions regarding finances related to the ET Chapter will be made and agreed by the executive board

  • Serve as the chairperson at executive and general meetings
  • Appoint to any executive board positions with the approval of the executive board
  • Appoint any temporary or permanent positions deemed necessary with the approval of the executive board
  • Serve as a member of any subcommittee or task force of the ET Chapter
  • Perform other duties specific to the welfare of the ET Chapter
  • Report on the activities of the ET Chapter to the Saudi Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and at the general meeting
  • Be the spokesperson for the ET Chapter

  • Perform all duties as mentioned above in the absence of the chairperson
  • Assume the office of the Chairperson in the case that the chairperson cannot complete a term

  • Shall be responsible for recording and disseminating the proceedings of all Et Chapter meetings

  • Shall care for all Et Chapter finances and records
  • Shall prepare statements and reports for dissemination at meetings

  • Resignation of his/her position in writing to the Chair of the ET Chapter
  • In the case of unsatisfactory performance the executive board may vote to remove a member from office after a hearing that the member may attend and present a defence. Documentation must be kept on file.
  • Death

The executive board must have a minimum of 4 members but not more than 8. A quorum will be no less than ¾ of the members.

The first day of the financial year will be the first of April of each year.

Internationally certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurses provide expert skilled assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation for patients with stomas, enterocutaneous fistula, complex wounds, and issues related to incontinence. Additionally they provide education, advocacy, support and counselling.

It is important that nurses in Saudi Arabia are qualified to provide these important nurse led services for this vulnerable patient population. The Saudi Enterostomal Therapy Societies primary mission is to ensure that specialised Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Led Services are available throughout the regions of Saudi Arabia.

Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Programs always incorporate stoma care but may also incorporate aspects of, wound and/or continence care.

Presently the only internationally recognised Enterostomal Therapy education program available in Saudi Arabia is the KFSH&RC Enterostomal Therapy Diploma Program. It is recognised by the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) graduates completing this program will receive a WCET recognition certificate.

For further information on this course please contact
  • Denise Hibbert
  • Clinical Specialist Director, Colorectal Therapy Nursing KFSH&RC
  • Director of the KFSH&RC Enterostomal Therapy Diploma Program
  • Chairperson, Enterostomal Therapy Chapter of the Saudi Colorectal Surgery Society
  • dhibbert@kfshrc.edu.sa
  • Tel. 009661 4647272 ext 34577
Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:15 )

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