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Nurse CEUs: Assessment of Bladder and Bowel in Nursing Home Residents

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Our nursing CE program, Assessment of Bladder and Bowel is an independent study monograph for nursing CEUs that comprehensively reviews the problems of urinary and fecal incontinence, and other bowel disorders seen in residents in the long term care setting. It includes key elements of an appropriate bladder and bowel assessment.

The Assessment of Bladder and Bowel monograph has been prepared for the nurse with the following goals:

  1. To increase your knowledge of the problem and causes of bladder and bowel problems.

  2. To provide the essentials of resident evaluation, and the prospects for managing these conditions.

  3. To assist you in a step-by-step approach with the training of nurses and nursing assistants to implement a Bladder and Bowel restorative nursing care program in your facility.

SUNA credits (1.5 contact hours) are available through May 24, 2015.

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Assessment of Bladder and Bowel is part 1 of a four-part nursing continuing education Master Series combined to present a structured bladder and bowel rehabilitation program.

Written by Diane Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, the series is designed to help your residents’ progress from incontinence to continence and from constipation to regularity, through carefully guided nursing management. They are based on standard bladder and bowel training concepts combined with the newest theoretical and practical knowledge about rehabilitating the incontinent elderly.

The Bladder and Bowel Master Series Complies with Current Federal Regulations

The Bladder and Bowel Master Series complies with current regulations included in the Resident Assessment Instrument: Minimum Data Set (MDS) Version 3.0, Care Area Assessments (formerly known as Resident Assessment Protocols or RAPs) and Care Area Triggers.

The Master Series also incorporates requirements of the Quality Indicators and Quality Measures, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) guidance Tag F315. These are all detailed in Monograph I.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), care for the resident with UI should be provided based on the type, severity, and underlying cause (s). The nursing intervention must be appropriate and consistent with the comprehensive assessment.

The Master Series involves key components of bladder and bowel assessment, restorative bladder and bowel programs, skin care strategies, use of products and devices, and nighttime incontinence management.

Read about the other monographs in the series:

Restorative Nursing Program for Bowel and Bladder Incontinence

Nighttime Management of Incontinence

Skin Care and Use of Products and Devices

These Monographs are an essential resource for education of nursing home staff.

Access the entire Bladder and Bowel Master Series

Bladder and Bowel Master Series


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