: Nursing students who don't specialize in ostomy care typically gain limited experience in the care of patients with fecal or urinary stomas. This lack of experience often leads to a lack of confidence when nurses care for these patients. Also, stoma care resources are not always readily available to the nurse, and not all hospitals employ nurses who specialize in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing. Those that do employ WOC nurses usually don't schedule them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The aim of this article is to provide information about stomas and their complications to nurses who are not ostomy specialists. This article covers the appearance of a normal stoma, early postoperative stoma complications, and later complications of the stoma and peristomal skin.