Urinary and faecal incontinence affect many patients across the age span; therefore, nurses working across a diversity of practice settings require an understanding of continence management to sensitively plan and implement care. This unit of study identifies key aspects of continence management and addresses myths and barriers, relevant anatomy, physiology and function, assessment, causes and types of incontinence, management, appliances and aids, and community resources. Students are referred to current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice. Clinical placement should occur between weeks 4 & 8 of each term.
Unit of study code
PG unit of study
There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study. Each state and territory has its own documentation requirements. Any costs associated with clinical placement obtaining the correct documentation, uniform and travel costs are the student’s responsibility.
Getliffe, K & Dolman, M (eds) 2007, Promoting continence. A clinical research resource, 3rd edn, Baillière Tindall, London.
Norton, C & Chelvanayagam, S (eds) 2004, Bowel continence nursing, Beaconsfield Publishing Ltd, Beaconsfield UK.
Co-ordinated by: Kath Sharples MACN
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
Type of assessment
Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion
(% of total marks)
When assessed – academic week
(e.g. Week 8)
Theme 1: Anatomy and physiology
a) Examine and reflect upon both personal and societal attitudes to incontinence and how they impact on the nursing care of clients experiencing incontinence
Assessment 1a Quiz
Assessment 1b Quiz
Assessment 1c Short answer essay (600 words)
Theme 2: Epidemiology
b) Describe normal anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems and apply this knowledge to clinical assessment findings
Assessment 2 Case analysis (2000 words)
Theme 3: Types and causes of incontinence
c) Examine continence assessment tools and evaluate their use in clinical practice
Assessment 3 Reflective essay (1500 words)
Theme 4: Assessment
d) Evaluate psychosocial issues relating to urinary and faecal incontinence to provide individualized care
Theme 5: Barriers to seeking help
e) Develop a collaborative problem solving approach to provide holistic evidence based nursing care
Theme 6: Education
d) Critically analyse current nursing practices and treatments for incontinence against current literature and evidence based practice guidelines.
Units commencing or have commenced in 2017
Units commencing in 2018
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