Thursday, April 22, 2021
Workshop Session II
Registration Fee: $20


  • Kathleen Hunter,  University of Alberta 
  • Jennifer Skelly, McMaster University

Session Description:

Bladder and bowel concerns increase in prevalence with age. Understanding evidence-informed bladder and bowel management is essential knowledge essential for the gerontological nurse. This workshop will focus on updating participants on the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guideline 2020 guideline on bladder and bowel management in adults, with an emphasis on how it can be applied in the practice setting. A brief overview will be provided. The guideline addresses questions on urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and constipation were identified by the committee, which was made up of an interprofessional group of experts and front line clinicians.  Emphasis will be on providing opportunities for participants to explore potential use and application to a variety of settings in a variety of settings where gerontological nurses practice. 


  • Provide a brief overview of the 2020 guideline development process.  
  • Familiarize participants with guideline content including key good practice statements, recommendations, and guideline appendices.  
  • Provide opportunities to explore application of the guideline by gerontological nurses in community, long term care, and hospital settings.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the following:

  1. Application of the guideline at the resident/patient level
  2. Development of best practice guidelines
  3. Evidence supporting practice related to bladder/bowel assessment and management for the guideline question. 
  4. Implications for interprofessional approaches to care and health service organization policy/procedure.


We will use a variety of strategies, both didactic and interactive (large/small group discussion, case studies) to present the information and engage participants in active learning. We propose to have two electronic breakout rooms as a part of this workshop to allow for smaller group discussions of the application of selected recommendations.