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Principles of Stoma Care

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Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

The purpose of this subject is to explore the multifaceted role of stomal therapy nurses as well as providing a theoretical basis for clinical practice in stoma care. This subject will provide a theoretical foundation to facilitate your understanding of the needs of this patient cohort. You are encouraged to reflect on the psychosocial and cultural needs of clients anticipating or living with a stoma. Principles of Stoma Care examines relevant anatomy and physiology and some common pathophysiology that may necessitate stoma formation. Utilising an evidence-based approach, the subject explores the principles of stoma care management and the importance of education and support for clients.

Clinical placement should occur between weeks 5 and 9 of each term.


Hours of Study: 150

Credit Points : 6

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study.

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by Customer Services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please view our clinical placement information page, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Modules / Topics

Theme 1: Anatomy and physiology

Apply advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of ostomates in the delivery of holistic, person-centred care.

Theme 2: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions that may involve urinary diversion

Appraise the role of the stomal therapist against specialty clinical guidelines and professional practice standards.

Theme 3: Pathophysiology and treatment of conditions that may involve faecal diversion

Critically reflect on the biopsychosocial and cultural needs of people living with a stoma.

Theme 4: Management principles of the patient with a stoma

Critically evaluate research literature to support the provision of evidence-based nursing care.

Theme 5: Psychosocial and long-term management of the ostomy patient

Principles of Stoma Care
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Price Details
ACN Members Price 3,523.50
ACN Members Price 3,523.50
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