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Br J Nurs. 2005 Mar 24-Apr 13;14(6):320-4.

Teaching stoma-management skills: the importance of self-care.

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Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry.


Patients undergoing stoma formation have to make major physical and psychological adjustments following surgery. Research indicates that the early promotion of stoma-management skills is, therefore, a critical concern for the hospital-based stoma care nurse. This article aims to explore how the stoma care nurse specialist can best utilize teaching opportunities in the pre- and post-operative periods. Teaching should be approached in an organized manner, underpinned by sound principles of teaching and learning using teaching plans where appropriate to ensure that no vital aspects are omitted. Realistic learning outcomes should be established in consultation with the patient according to his/her readiness and ability to learn. An organized exchange of information between hospital and community will ensure that teaching and support are continued following discharge from hospital promoting positive adjustment to stoma formation and thus facilitating successful rehabilitation.

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