The purpose of this subject is to explore the multifaceted role of stomal therapy nurses as well as providing a theoretical basis for clinical practice in stoma care. This subject will provide a theoretical foundation to facilitate your understanding of the needs of this patient cohort. You are encouraged to reflect on the psychosocial and cultural needs of clients anticipating or living with a stoma. Principles of Stoma Care examines relevant anatomy and physiology and some common pathophysiology that may necessitate stoma formation. Utilising an evidence-based approach, the subject explores the principles of stoma care management and the importance of education and support for clients.
Clinical placement should occur between weeks 5 and 9 of each term.
|Principles of Stoma Care|
|Unit of study code||044|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing
GC single unit of study
|Hours of study||150|
|Clinical placement requirements||There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study.
Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.
Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.
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ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.
As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.
|Prescribed texts||Carmel, J, Colwell, J & Goldberg, M (Eds) 2016. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. Core Curriculum Ostomy Management. Wolters Kluwer: Philadelphia.|
|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||a) demonstrate knowledge and skills in the holistic assessment and management of ostomates||Assessment 1: On-line discussions||10%||3, 10|
|Theme 2: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions that may involve urinary diversion||b) appraise the role of the stomal therapist against specialty clinical guidelines and professional practice standards||Assessment 2: Literature critique (2,000 words)||40%||5|
|Theme 3: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions that may involve faecal diversion||c) critically reflect on the biopsychosocial and cultural needs of people living with a stoma||Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words)||50%||9|
|Theme 4: Management principles of the patient with a stoma||d) critically evaluate research literature to support the provision of evidence-based nursing care|
|Theme 5: Psychosocial and long-term management of the ostomy patient|
Principles of Stoma Care (044) is a Tier 4 unit.
|Tiers||2021 Member price (10% discount)||2021 Non-member price||2022 Member price (10% discount)||2022 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.