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|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care
Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing
GC single unit of study
|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: Anatomy and physiology for continence||a) investigate barriers to continence and their impact on person-centred care||Assessment 1a & 1b: Concept map and online discussion||10%||3 & 4|
|Theme 2: Barriers related to incontinence||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: Online quiz||10%||8|
|Theme 4: Epidemiology of incontinence||d) demonstrate 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.