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Ch 13: Understanding Elimination in Nursing

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons to learn about the process of elimination as it relates to the field of nursing. Take a multiple-choice quiz at the end of every lesson for self-assessment.

Understanding Elimination in Nursing - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Assisting patients in elimination is a necessary practice for professional nurses. While never a highlight of the career, elimination is a vital part of treatment and recovery. The lessons in this chapter will teach you about various aspects of the elimination process like how it works and how to promote elimination in the human body. Take end-of-lesson quizzes to measure how well you have learned the material and contact a knowledgeable instructor with any questions. These lessons cover such topics as:

  • The physiological process of elimination
  • Promoting bowel elimination
  • The functions of the intestines
  • How to assess bowel integrity
  • Examination of a nursing case study

Video Objective
Urinary Elimination: Anatomy, Physiology & Common Disturbances Get the facts on urinary elimination.
The Anatomy, Physiology & Functions of the Intestines Discover the inner workings of the intestines.
The Physiological Process in Bowel Elimination Learn about the process of elimination in the bowels.
Constipation: Definition, Causes & Impact Study how constipation affects the human body.
Fecal Incontinence: Definition & Causes This lesson will address the issue of fecal incontinence and its causes.
Flatulence: Definition, Causes & Process Determine why flatulence happens and what the process actually entails.
Diarrhea: Definition, Types & Causes Address the various forms diarrhea can take and the different reasons it may occur.
Factors Influencing Bowel Elimination See what factors affect bowel elimination.
Assessing Bowel Integrity & Function Learn techniques to assess the bowels.
Agents Commonly Used to Promote Bowel Elimination Discover ways to assist elimination of the bowels.
Nursing Case Study: Bowel Elimination Examine an actual case study relating to bowel elimination and nursing.

10 Lessons in Chapter 13: Understanding Elimination in Nursing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Physiological Process in Bowel Elimination

1. The Physiological Process in Bowel Elimination

Bowel elimination is the way your digestive tract rids itself of solid wastes. Learn how the foods you eat are stripped of their nutrients and prepared for removal. Discover the structures, movements, and reflexes involved in bowel elimination.

Constipation: Definition, Causes & Impaction

2. Constipation: Definition, Causes & Impaction

In this lesson, you're going to learn the general and specific definitions of constipation, some of the causes of constipation, as well as the definition of an impaction.

Fecal Incontinence: Definition & Causes

3. Fecal Incontinence: Definition & Causes

Most of us can 'hold it.' Some people, however, cannot. That may be a sign of fecal incontinence. What this is and the primary reasons as to its occurrence are outlined in this lesson.

Flatulence: Definition, Causes & Process

4. Flatulence: Definition, Causes & Process

In this lesson, you'll learn the proper word and definition for farting, its main causes, and the process behind why a person farts in the first place. You'll also learn when you should go to the doctor.

Diarrhea: Definition, Types & Causes

5. Diarrhea: Definition, Types & Causes

Did you know there is more than one reason for diarrhea, that there is more than one kind of diarrhea, and that there is way more than one way to define diarrhea? Learn more in this lesson.

Factors Influencing Bowel Elimination

6. Factors Influencing Bowel Elimination

Eliminating wastes from the body is a natural process. Yet, there are some factors that influence how easy it is to control bowel elimination. Learn how things like diet, fluid intake, activity level, and associated conditions influence elimination.

Assessing Bowel Integrity

7. Assessing Bowel Integrity

We are going to discuss the meaning of bowel integrity and then explore ways to assess bowel integrity in patients. We will cover a few things that can alter bowel integrity.

Assessing Bowel Function

8. Assessing Bowel Function

This lesson explores the different techniques that nurses use to assess bowel function in patients. You'll also learn about a few factors that may alter bowel function.

Agents Commonly Used to Promote Bowel Elimination

9. Agents Commonly Used to Promote Bowel Elimination

We are going to discuss the agents that can be used to promote bowel elimination in patients suffering from constipation. We will also cover the patient education points that need to be discussed with administration of the agents.

Nursing Case Study: Bowel Elimination

10. Nursing Case Study: Bowel Elimination

This nursing case study takes a look at bowel elimination problems. Through this case study, you'll learn how to follow the nursing care process to address bowel elimination issues.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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