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Bladder And Bowel Master Series

Two Ways to Take Your Post-Test:

Online Program

Credits Available through May 24, 2015

  1. Download the program materials listed below.
  2. Read the monographs.
  3. Complete your post-test and evaluation online.

* See the links to the post-tests below each monograph. Taking the online post-test is fast and easy!

PDF Program

Credits Available through May 24, 2015

  1. Download the program materials listed below.
  2. Complete the post-test and evaluation form.
  3. Mail/FAX your documents.

* We highly recommend the online method, as using the PDF takes up to 2 weeks to process.

Program Materials

Credits Available through May 24, 2015

Independent Study Monograph I, Assessment of Bladder and Bowel (PDF), is a comprehensive review of 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.

Online post-test and evaluation

Independent Study Monograph II, Skin Care and Use of Products and Devices (PDF), is a practical guide for understanding the skin. It provides valuable information on common perineal skin problems, elements of best practices for skin care, including recommended skin products, and prevention of associated skin breakdown from urine and feces.

Online post-test and evaluation

Independent Study Monograph III, Restorative Nursing Program (PDF), is a practical guide for understanding bladder and bowel restorative nursing programs. It provides valuable information on dietary modifications, toileting programs, bladder training, pelvic floor muscle exercises and bowel management.

Online post-test and evaluation

Independent Study Monograph IV, Nighttime Management of Incontinence (PDF), is a practical guide for management of nighttime urinary and fecal incontinence, a difficult nursing problem in long term care residents. Monograph IV lists all products and devices used to contain urine leakage, with emphasis on nursing care to prevent any adverse complications from their use.

Online post-test and evaluation

Introduction to the Bladder and Bowel Master Series

The four part Bladder and Bowel Master Series is intended to present a structured bladder and bowel rehabilitation program. The series is designed to help your residents' progress from incontinence to continence and from constipation to regularity, through carefully guided nursing management. The four individual modules 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 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.

The Monographs are an essential resource for education of nursing home staff and have been prepared for you, the nurse. Their goals are to:

  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.

Obtaining Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This continuing nursing education activity is made available from SCA Personal Care. There is no cost to the participant for obtaining continuing nursing education credit.

To receive a certificate for 1.0 or 1.5 contact hour credits, the participant must:

  1. Study the material in each monograph.
  2. Go to the online Post-Test and evaluation form and submit them for processing.
  3. As an alternative, you can print out and manually take the Post-Test found in the Appendix and complete the program Evaluation Form. The participant must then mail or fax the Post-Test and Evaluation Form to:

    Wellness Partners, LLC
    237 Old Tilton Road
    Canterbury, NH 03224
    (Fax) 603-783-3328

  4. If you attain a passing score, a "Certificate of Contact Hour Credit" and corrected Post-Test will be mailed, faxed or emailed to you within 2 weeks after submitting the post-test and evaluation.

Disclosure Information:

This educational activity was made possible through a grant from SCA Personal Care. Diane Newman and Lenore Howe are Consultants to SCA Personal Care. The discussion of any product, company, or corporation in this activity in no way signifies an endorsement of the product, company or corporation by ANCC Commission on Accreditation, SUNA, or Diane K Newman. No off-label use of any product is presented or discussed in this activity/Monograph.

Copyright © 2013 Wellness Partners, LLC. All Rights Reserved. This material was compiled from materials copyrighted by Diane K. Newman and contains proprietary information.