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Spinal Cord Injury: Bowel and Bladder Management

Contact Hours Awarded: 2

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Course Overview

Spinal Cord Injury: Bowel and Bladder Management

Author: Charmaine Robinson

A Spinal Cord Injury is a traumatic and lifechanging experience. There are many changes that the patient and their loved ones will have to begin getting used to, one of which is the changes in their bowel and bladder function. Dysfunction in these areas is dependent on the level of injury and interventions must be tailored to meet the patients needs and preferences. Many nurses working outside of Rehabilitative Care may be unfamiliar with how to properly manage bowel and bladder needs. This course will provide a general overview to increase knowledge and awareness.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Spinal Cord Function 
  3. Spinal Cord Injury Definition 
  4. Spinal Cord Injury Causes 
  5. Spinal Cord Injury Statistics 
  6. Four Levels of the Spinal Cord 
  7. Types of Spinal Cord Injuries 
  8. Spinal Cord Injury Complications 
  9. Normal Bowel and Bladder Function 
  10. Bowel Dysfunction with Spinal Cord Injuries 
  11. Bladder Dysfunction with Spinal Cord Injuries 
  12. Nurse Assessments 
  13. Nurse Interventions 
  14. Support Groups and Resources 
  15. Conclusion

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course, we will discuss Spinal Cord Injury: Bowel and Bladder Management. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete and awards 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate a 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Describe one type of bladder dysfunction that can occur in patients with spinal cord injuries. 
  2. Identify one way nurses can help patients with spinal cord injuries start a bowel and bladder regimen. 
  3. Summarize two ways nurses can manage bowel dysfunction in patients with spinal cord injuries.

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: November 17, 2023

Course Expires on: November 17, 2026

Course Offering: #204