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Course in continence care is now available to larger audience

Sep 21, 2020


Photo above: Dr. Jennifer Skelly  

Starting this fall, the School of Nursing and the Continuing Education department of McMaster are teaming up to offer a new online course, Nursing Concepts in Continence Care.  

Dr. Jennifer Skelly, an expert in this area, designed the course. It was offered last year as an elective in the undergraduate program. This year it is being opened to a wider community audience through this collaboration with Continuing Education.  “This introductory course is now available through continuing education to all regulated health care providers such as RPNs and RNs who work in areas where incontinence is an issue and would like to know how that can better be managed,” says Skelly. The issue of incontinence is especially relevant to professionals caring for the elderly in in the community, retirement homes or nursing homes.  

“People often assume that incontinence is something that is managed with medication or surgically managed and therefore not suitable for them. Building on the success of the Nurse Continence Advisor (NCA) Program that McMaster Nursing has offered for the last 20 years, we are now trying to reach a wider audience and disseminate the knowledge to those regulated professionals caring for the elderly,” Skelly says.  

Nursing students who took the course last year through the undergraduate program have written Skelly to thank her for helping them to better understand the issues and how to make changes that they know will be helpful to their patients. “They felt the concepts they learned in this course made a difference to how they now approach incontinence in their practice setting.” Skelly notes. Her take-home message for health care practitioners working with the elderly is simple. “If you take this course, you can make a difference.” 

Below is a description of the course from the catalogue, along with a link to register:  

“Incontinence is a growing healthcare concern affecting the lives of millions of people worldwide. It carries an enormous stigma and is one of the most neglected areas in healthcare. Urinary and fecal incontinence are both manageable and often treatable. Frontline care providers in all care settings (community, acute, rehabilitation, geriatrics and long-term care) have an important role to play in the promotion of continence and prevention of incontinence. Understanding the contributing factors and how to eliminate or manage them to help enhance the quality of life for patients with fecal or urinary incontinence is a key focus of this course.

Nursing Concepts in Continence Care, offered by McMaster University Continuing Education in affiliation with the Faculty of Health Sciences (School of Nursing), is an introductory course designed for healthcare providers interested in better understanding and addressing the issues related to continence and incontinence in their care settings. This 4-unit academic course is spread out over two terms and runs from September 21 to March 31.”

REGISTER TODAY: Nursing Concepts in Continence Care course 


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