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Introduction to Bowel and Bladder for Rehabilitation Nurses

presented by Lynda Jones

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Financial: Lynda Jones receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Lynda Jones has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 30 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 15 Minutes

This course gives participants an overview of the anatomy and function of the gastrointestinal and urological systems. Medical diagnoses commonly seen in rehabilitation may cause dysfunction in these systems. Bowel and bladder disorders are major barriers to community living, social/recreational activities, and employment. Participants will understand the importance of bowel and bladder assessment, developing a care/treatment plan, and client/family education. Specific emphasis will be on diagnosing and treating various types of neurogenic bowel and bladder dysfunction. This course is appropriate for all staff working with rehabilitation patients/clients. It is most appropriate for the entry-level rehabilitation nurse in any setting.

Meet Your Instructor

Lynda Jones, CCM, MSN, RN, CRRN

Lynda Jones, CCM, MSN, RN, CRRN, received her BSN from Biola University in 1980 and her MSN from Azusa Pacific University in 1998. Lynda is a published author and frequent presenter. She is active in Case Management Society of America (CMSA), serving as a board member, president, and past president of the San Francisco/East Bay…

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1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal and Urologic Systems

Rehabilitation nurses and staff need to understand the importance of bowel and bladder maintenance for the successful return to community post rehabilitation. Understanding the roles that the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and cognition/communication play in continence is key to planning a successful bowel and bladder management program. An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the GI and urinary systems will be presented.

2. Diagnosing the Issues

Rehabilitation nurses and staff need to be aware of the medical diagnosis and the sensory/motor/cognitive deficits of each individual patient in order to develop an individualized treatment/care plan for the incontinent patient. The difference between flaccid bowel and bladder and spastic bowel and bladder will be discussed. Interprofessional interventions to create an appropriate continence program for the patient are discussed.

3. Medication, Equipment, and Education

The proper use of medication and supplies/equipment will ensure a successful bowel and bladder continence program. Rehabilitation nurses who understand how to properly incorporate these elements into the program will be able develop expertise in selecting interventions and developing individual care plans. Demonstration and discussion of various interventions, medications, and supplies/equipment, along with patient education, will be covered.

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