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 culturally safe, person-centred care. This unit of study will explore key aspects of continence management including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, barriers to continence and assessment and management. By undertaking this unit of study students will gain knowledge and skills in the provision of evidence-based continence specific care and will be referred to clinical practice guidelines.
Students are referred to current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice.
|Unit of study code||045|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing
GC single unit of study
|Pre-requisite||This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs|
|Mode of study||Online|
|Hours of study||150|
|Prescribed texts||Ermer-Seltun, J. M., & Enberg, S. (Eds.). (2022). Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, Core Curriculum: Continence Management (2nd ed.). Wolters Kluwer|
|Co-ordinated by||Elizabeth Moran MACN
|Content||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: Barriers related to continence||a) investigate barriers to continence and their impact on person-centred care||Assessment 1: Online discussion||5%||2|
|Theme 2: Anatomy and physiology for continence||b) critically reflect on the biopsychosocial needs relating to the provision of culturally safe and holistic care||Assessment 2: Essay||35%||6|
|Theme 3: Bowel management – faecal incontinence and constipation||c) appraise the role of the multidisciplinary team in optimising person-centred outcomes||Assessment 3: Digital poster||15%||8|
|Theme 4: Epidemiology of incontinence||d) apply knowledge and skill in the assessment and management of incontinence using an evidence-based approach in line with clinical practice guidelines||Assessment 4: Essay||45%||10|
|Theme 5: Urinary incontinence||e) demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology of incontinence|
Continence Management (045) is a Tier 2 unit.
|Tiers||2023 Member price (10% discount)||2023 Non-member price||2024 Member price (10% discount)||2024 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.