Principles of Stoma Care
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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

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 4
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.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please view our clinical placement information page, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

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:-

Assessment Tasks
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) describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and urinary systems Assessment 1: On-line discussions 10% 3, 10
Theme 2: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions that may involve urinary diversion b) interpret data from physical assessment and diagnostic tests to inform the development of management plans for the stomal client Assessment 2: Literature critique (2,000 words) 40% 5
Theme 3: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions that may involve faecal diversion c) examine the treatment and management of stomal patients using an evidence-based approach in the delivery of holistic care Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 9
Theme 4: Management principles of the patient with a stoma d) critically analyse the role of the stomal therapist, benchmarking against specialty practice guidelines
Theme 5: Psychosocial and long-term management of the ostomy patient e) critically reflect on the psychosocial and cultural needs of clients living with a stoma.

Principles of Stoma Care (044) is a Tier 4 unit.

Tiers2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.