Colorectal Disease Nursing 

Summary

This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge base that exercises higher levels of judgement, discretion, decision making and skills required for the provision of specialist nursing care to patients with colorectal disease.

In Ireland, colorectal cancer was reported as being the third-leading cause of death in women (after lung cancer and breast cancer) and the second-leading cause of cancer death in men (after prostate cancer) in 2007-2009. Colorectal cancer accounted for 11% (in women) and 14% (in men) of all invasive cancers (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer) for the same period.

Although there is evidence of a steady decline in colorectal cancer mortality rates from 1994 to 2009, colorectal cancer cases are projected to increase by 34% in women and 45% in men between 2010 and 2020 (National Cancer Registry, 2011). Patients with Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are reported to be at an increased risk for developing a malignancy as well as morbidity from prolonged medical therapy (World Gastroenterology, 2009).

Nurses working with colorectal disease require specialist knowledge and skills in the medical management and surveillance of colorectal disease as it is recognised that they are an essential component in the multidisciplinary management of this group of patients. 

This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge base that exercises higher levels of judgement, discretion, decision making and skills required for the provision of specialist nursing care to patients with colorectal disease.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology and demonstrate an advanced knowledge base of colorectal disease.
  • Utilise advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills to develop comprehensive plans of care patients with colorectal disease based on the nursing process and incorporate best evidence based practice.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the colorectal nurse specialist in relation to patient and families supports, psychological and social issues, education and counselling in relation to illness prevention, rehabilitation and coping strategies. Critically appraise and demonstrate knowledge of the national service provision for people with colorectal disease.
  • Critically explore the role of the colorectal nurse specialist as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team in providing a coordinated approach to health assessment and care planning for the patient with colorectal disease and demonstrate skills in negotiation and management of conflict.

Duration

This module is scheduled to commence in either January of February 2021. Detailed timetables will be available later in the year.