This course focuses on the provision of acute and rehabilitative care for persons with selected acute or chronic conditions of the integumentary system. Disorders include such issues as pressure ulcers, acute and chronic wounds, diabetic ulcers, vascular ulcers, wounds with fistulae and care of percutaneous tubes and drains. In addition the course also focuses on the role of the wound, ostomy, and continence nurse specialist in its emphasis on role implementation via consultation, education, research principles, collaboration, leadership/management skills, and change theory. Professional issues such as legal and ethical considerations, accountability, professional standards, budgetary management, data management, reimbursement issues, and national health policy are addressed.
This course focuses on acute and rehabilitative care of persons with acute or chronic conditions affecting the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. Major areas of instruction include anatomy and physiology of the GI and GU systems: pathophysiology and medical/nursing interventions for selected disorders in these systems: nursing management of patients with altered elimination (ostomies, alternative procedures, incontinence); rehabilitation concepts to include teaching/counseling theory, principles of sexual counseling, and body image theory.