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Continence management

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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.

Continence Management

Unit of study code

045

Availability

Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing 

PG unit of study

Term

JANUARY, JULY

Pre-requisite

N/A

Fee*Tier 4

Clinical Placement Requirements

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.

Prescribed texts:

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

Content

 

Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 

Weighting

(% 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)

5%

5%

15%

2,3,5

 

 

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)

45%

8

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)

30%

10

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.

 

 

 

*Fees

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.