Nursing studies

Bladder and bowel health: what nursing students need to know

Conditions of the bladder and bowel are common but many patients are too embarrassed to discuss them with nursing staff – find out how you can ease any concerns

Conditions of the bladder and bowel are common but many patients are too embarrassed to discuss them with nursing staff – find out how you can ease any concerns

Bladder and bowel difficulties are common – yet fewer than four in ten patients ask for help when they need it, says the RCN .

Nurses can play a key role in supporting patients to seek timely advice. Here is what you need to know.

What is the anatomy and function of a healthy bladder and bowel?

The bladder is a hollow, muscular balloon-shaped organ , located in the pelvis and connected to the kidneys by two tubes called ureters.

Each day,

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Learning Disability Practice
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs