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Management of Bowel and Bladder in Rehabilitation Nursing

presented by Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

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Financial: Kristen L. Mauk receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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

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Management of bowel and bladder is a major nursing task in rehabilitation. The rehabilitation nurse should recognize the types of neurogenic bowel and bladder function often seen in stroke, spinal injury, brain injury, and various neurological disorders. These types will be discussed along with nursing interventions to promote self-care and normalcy.

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Meet Your Instructor

Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She…

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1. Management of Bladder Elimination

This chapter presents normal micturition patterns and several major types of neurogenic bladder function commonly seen in rehabilitation. Strategies to recall symptoms of and interventions for each type of bladder function are discussed.

2. Management of Bowel Elimination

This chapter focuses on management of bowel elimination, including three major types of neurogenic bowel function. Strategies, both pharmacological and nonpharmacological, to prevent constipation and fecal incontinence are discussed.

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