WCET® COMMITTEES

 

WCET® Education Committee (established 1978)

 

The original Education Committee mandate was to ensure a worldwide standard of education across Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Programs (ETNEPs). In 1990 guidelines were developed by the Education Committee to standardise Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Programs (ETNEPs) to ensure both a uniform delivery of knowledge and the development of the students' abilities and attitudes. ETNEP Directors are invited to submit their program for WCET® recognition. The WCET® recognised programs are reviewed every two to four years by the committee. By 2011 there were 40 WCET recognised ETNEPs.

 

In 2006, the WCET® Education Committee developed guidelines for Recognised Educational Programs (REPs) in either ostomy, or ostomy and wound, or ostomy and continence care. These programs are in addition to the more traditionally recognised ETNEPs.

 

 

 

Norma N Gill Foundation® (NNGF®) Committee (established 1980)

 

The Norma N Gill Foundation® (NNGF®) was formally inaugurated in 1980 at the WCET® Congress in Cleveland, USA to honour Norma N Gill, the founder of the WCET®. In 1996, as a result of years of work by various Executive Board members, the WCET® was awarded charitable status in the UK.

 

The mission of the NNGF® is to raise funds for nursing scholarships to further Enterostomal Therapy Nursing education throughout the world and to help establish stoma care where services are non-existent. Members and non-members are encouraged to apply for NNGF® scholarships.

 

The NNGF® has since inaugurated the Twinning Project whereby volunteers from a developed country assist and support an emerging country to create or expand Enterostomal Therapy Nursing services in that country through a variety of projects. 

 

 

 

WCET® Publications and Communications Committee (established 1978, dissolved 2020)  

 

The WCET® Publications Committee was created to oversee WCET®publications and communications. It is responsible for developing promotional brochures, pamphlets, posters, and all other printed WCET® communications, except the WCET® Journal. The committee is also responsible for publishing the national country reports on the database. With the increased use of modern communication technology, the committee has assumed the additional role of website management and updating.