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Nursing Concepts in Continence Care

Learn best practices in continence care

A collaborative program involving the School of Nursing and McMaster Continuing Education.

Course Descriptions

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NRS 101 Nursing Concepts in Continence Care (4 Units)

Nursing Concepts in Continence Care is an online course which integrates self-paced learning modules and discussion boards as well as instructor-led online tutorials to develop students’ awareness and understanding about bladder and bowel incontinence including assessment and conservative management strategies. Selected problem based clinical cases will be explored through online, interactive, multimedia learning modules. Online tutorial sessions will provide students with opportunities to discuss their assessments, identify contributing factors and consider treatment recommendations. Discussion Boards will also be utilized to provide students with the opportunity to interact with each other and the tutor.

This course provides students with the opportunity to understand normal bladder and bowel function to develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to bladder and bowel incontinence and effective conservative management strategies.

NRS 102 Advanced Concepts in Continence Care (3 Units)

Advanced Concepts in Continence Care is an online course which builds on the introductory course Nursing Concepts in Continence Care. It integrates self-paced learning modules and discussion boards as well as instructor-led online tutorials which will focus on specific bladder and bowel incontinence issues that require specialized knowledge and management strategies. This will further expand students’ understanding of the role that nursing can play in assessment, management as well as patient and staff education. Selected problem-based clinical cases will be explored through online, interactive, multimedia learning modules. Online tutorial sessions will provide students with opportunities to discuss their assessments, identify contributing factors and consider treatment recommendations. Discussion Boards will also be utilized to provide students with the opportunity to interact with each other and the tutor.

This course provides students with the opportunity to understand specific bladder and bowel issues that can arise related to underlying medical issues such as spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. Understanding the factors that can contribute to complex bladder and bowel incontinence is essential in developing effective management strategies. This knowledge is essential when developing patient and staff educational materials.

NRS 103 Concepts in Continence Care Clinical Placement (3 Units)

Concepts in Continence Care Clinical Placement is an applied professional practice course that focuses on the assessment and management of urinary and fecal incontinence, including the introduction to the educator role in staff and patient care related to incontinence. Students will be individually placed in a variety of health-care settings based in their area of interest including but not limited to urology, urogynecology, acute care, rehabilitation, primary care, community, and long-term care.

The students taking this course will focus on understanding the impact of incontinence on patients and care providers: developing assessment skills; identifying factors contributing to incontinence; and utilizing this information to develop management plans to effectively manage incontinence. Elements of health promotion including patient teaching and staff education will be addressed.

Students will be assisted in their explorations of transition and integration through the support and deliberate guidance of the professional practice tutor and preceptor(s), with a focus on the following domains of professional practice: connecting care experiences to academic learning; seeing connections and translating these to action across contexts, disciplines, perspectives; engaging in intra- and inter-professional communication, self-assessment, reflective practice, and critical inquiry.