Nursing: Disorders of the Gastrointestinal System

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About the Course

Diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal system affect millions of individuals each year. This course reviews many of the more common problems and presents patient assessment needs, current treatments, and best practices for nursing care.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Review the anatomy of the gastrointestinal system.
  • Identify selected diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Examine the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Interpret signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disease processes.
  • Identify appropriate nursing interventions and treatments for selected gastrointestinal diseases.

About the Author:
Stephani Hunt, MSN, RN, WCC, OMS, ONC

Stephani Hunt, MSN, RN, WCC, OMS, ONC, received her MSN from Framingham State University and her BSN from Northeastern University, Boston. She is wound care certified, an ostomy management specialist, and is a certified orthopaedic nurse. Ms. Hunt has worked as a medical surgical clinical nurse educator and is currently working as the inpatient wound and ostomy specialist nurse at her facility in Manchester, New Hampshire. In this role, she provides wound and ostomy care, patient and staff education, consultation, and standardization for nursing throughout the institution. Previously, she was actively involved as a wound care specialist and was an active member of the Wound Care Team, providing individualized consultation to patients with complex wounds. She also coordinated wound care orientation for new staff, developed the documentation criteria for the electronic health record, and provided standardization for wound care dressings throughout the institution.

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