Nursing: Ostomy Management, 3rd Edition

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About the Course

This course provides nurses caring for patients with an ostomy, or ostomates, with a synopsis of incontinent urinary and fecal diversion, with a brief discussion of continent diversions, and also serves as an ostomy management primer.  A review of relevant gastrointestinal (GI) and urinary system anatomy is included.  Disease processes or conditions requiring the surgical formation of an ostomy are summarized, along with a brief description of GI and urinary surgical procedures. Surgical aspects of stoma creation and post-operative care and management are included, with an emphasis on comprehensive stoma assessment, potential post-operative and peristomal complications, interventions, and how to choose the best appliance.  The course concludes with patient education considerations, goal setting, discharge planning, and how to help the patient prepare for life with an ostomy.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe fecal and urinary diversions and circumstances requiring diversion construction.
  • Discuss post-operative ostomy assessment, management, and documentation.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of ostomy complications and relevant nursing interventions.
  • Discuss education of patients adapting to life with an ostomy.                                

About the Author:
Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, RN, CNE, CWON, CFCN

Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, RN, CNE, CWON, CFCN, earned her BSN from Duquesne University, her MBA from Robert Morris University, and her DNP from Duquesne University.  She has more than 30 years of diverse nursing experience in home care, home infusion, nursing administration, and nursing education. Dr. Weideman is currently a full-time assistant clinical professor at Duquesne University. Her primary area of clinical focus is wound and ostomy nursing.  Dr. Weideman is board-certified as a wound, ostomy, continence, and foot care nurse.

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