Urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and constipation are prevalent conditions affecting people across the lifespan; therefore, nurses working across a diversity of practice settings require an understanding of continence management to sensitively plan and implement patient-centered care. This subject identifies key aspects of continence management addressing: barriers, relevant anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, types/causes of incontinence, assessment, management and resources.
Students are referred to current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice.
|Unit of study code||045|
GC single unit of study
|Hours of study||150|
|Prescribed texts||Doughty D, & Moore, K (Eds) 2016. Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. Core Curriculum Continence Management. Wolters Kluwer. Philadelphia.|
|Co-ordinated by||Elizabeth Moran MACN
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
Type of assessment
Note 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 for continence||a) examine personal and societal attitudes to incontinence and their impact on nursing care||Assessment 1a & 1b: Concept map and online discussion||10%||3 & 4|
|Theme 2: Barriers related to incontinence||b) apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to clinical assessment findings||Assessment 2: Essay||35%||6|
|Theme 3: Bowel management – faecal incontinence and constipation||c) evaluate the use of continence assessment tools in clinical practice||Assessment 3: Online quiz||10%||8|
|Theme 4: Epidemiology of incontinence||d) analyse the psychosocial issues relating to incontinence impacting individualised care||Assessment 4: Essay||45%||10|
|Theme 5: Urinary incontinence||e) demonstrate a collaborative problem solving approach to provide holistic evidence based nursing care|
|f) critically analyse current nursing practices and treatments for incontinence against contemporary evidence.|
Continence Management (045) is a Tier 4 unit.
|Tiers||2020 Member price (10% discount)||2020 Non-member price||2021 Member price (10% discount)||2021 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.