This course will address the immediate and long term care of clients across the lifespan experiencing acute and chronic health concerns that may result in an ostomy or continent diversion. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical findings and management options of the common conditions necessitating an ostomy or continent diversion. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical finds, and management protocols of the common conditions affecting the ostomy or continent diversion patients. Emphasis will be placed on the psychosocial and educational needs of these patient groups from the preoperative, postoperative and long-term follow-up perspective.
- Demonstrate ability to develop individualized care plans that are evidence based and focused yet, holistic and outcome oriented, and address health promotion and disease prevention principles for the ostomy client across the life span.
- Analyze needs related to health maintenance and prevention of complications for client across the life span experiencing a draining wound, fistula or percutaneous tube.
- Differentiate between normal and abnormal physical assessment findings relative to the ostomy, peristomal skin or perianal skin in the client across the life span experiencing an ostomy or continent diversion.
- Collaborate with patient and family and members of the health care team to gather data, participate in establishing the plan of care, communicate updates, and to order and evaluate necessary diagnostic studies to address common conditions involving the patient with an ostomy.
- Develop a plan of care for the client experiencing stomal, peristomal, or perianal complications including follow-up care and education.
- Interpret data collected from sources such as laboratory tests, radiology, patient history and physical examination that are associated with the unique health needs of the client across the life span experiencing ostomy surgery or a continent diversion.
- Perform risk factor analyses based on social, cultural, familial, occupational and lifestyle history when assessing unique, across the lifespan health promotion needs of the client with a gastrointestinal or urinary tract pathology that is managed with an ostomy or continent diversion.
- Manage the care of clients with unique health care needs and complications based on knowledge of stages of development, etiology, differential diagnosis, clinical findings and levels of evidence.
- Manage the technical and informational needs of the ostomy client across the life span.
- Evaluate, diagnose and manage patients response to plan of care including real or potential common ostomy complications in the client across the life span.
- Demonstrate certified Ostomy Care Nurse behaviors at a beginning level.