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Professional issues in stomal therapy

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The purpose of this unit of study is to explore the professional role of stomal therapy nurses as well as providing opportunities for clinical practice and competency development. Students will gain an understanding of advanced nursing practice within the context of stomal therapy nursing and examine the role of quality, research, evidence based practice and the professional development of self and others. Students will enhance their clinical skills through an analysis of best practice principles to help them better manage the care of clients and develop their clinical decision-making ability.

Professional issues in stomal therapy

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

PG unit of study




044 – Principles of stoma care


Tier 4

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Kath Sharples MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Advanced Practice

a) Define the role of the specialist nurse in the context of stomal therapy practice

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Professional development of self and others

b) Critically evaluate the legal, ethical issues and professional boundaries within stomal therapy nursing practice

Assessment 2 Reflective essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Quality, research and evidence based practice

c) Discuss how reflection, communication and career support contribute to the development of clinical leadership skills

Assessment 3 Clinical practice guideline




d) Review and critique the quality of research and recognise the successful implementation of evidence into practice





e) Critically reflect on the communication skills of nurses and the impacts on patients, significant others and the multidisciplinary team




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.