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 centered 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
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 biennially 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 2 years.
The candidate must consent to being nominated in writing.
The term of office for executive boards members shall be 2 years, a member may be nominated for 2 consecutive terms
The member may be nominated for other positions on the executive board after their term is complete
If after 2 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
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTION:
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
POWERS OF EXECUTIVE BOARD:
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 defense. Documentation must be kept on file.
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.
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.
VOTING ON MOTIONS AND PROPOSALS:
General meetings will be held every two years
The location of the general meeting will be decided by the executive board and communicated to members 4 months in advance of the meeting
Business shall include:
Discussion and acceptance of minutes from any general of extraordinary meeting in the previous 12 months
Discussion and approval of reports from the executive board
Election of officers
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS:
An extraordinary general meeting may be called by the chair of the executive board, or at the request of at least 25% of the full members. At least 6 weeks notice must be given by the chair to the members
Any changes to the constitution shall only be made when ¾ of those attending a general meeting agree to the suggested changes. Any suggested changes must be presented to the Chair of the ET Chapter and the other members of the executive board at least 4 months before the general meeting. Any suggested changes will be presented electronically to members at least 2 months before the general meeting.
In the case of the dissolution of the ET Chapter the executive board will present to its members an agreement of the executive board on how any assets will be disposed of after all debts are paid. Any assets shall be transferred to an organization with a similar mission for improving the standards of care for individuals living with a stoma.