Keys to Bowel Success

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  • Sandra Kenney Weeks MSN RN CRRN,

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      261 Kingsmill Drive, Advance, NC 27006.
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    • Sandra Weeks is the clinical nurse manager for the comprehensive rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, and transitional care units at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Elizabeth Hubbartt is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist and Teresa Michaels is the geriatric clinical nurse specialist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

  • Elizabeth Hubbartt MSN RN CRRN,

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      261 Kingsmill Drive, Advance, NC 27006.
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    • Sandra Weeks is the clinical nurse manager for the comprehensive rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, and transitional care units at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Elizabeth Hubbartt is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist and Teresa Michaels is the geriatric clinical nurse specialist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

  • Teresa King Michaels MSN RN

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      261 Kingsmill Drive, Advance, NC 27006.
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    • Sandra Weeks is the clinical nurse manager for the comprehensive rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, and transitional care units at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Elizabeth Hubbartt is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist and Teresa Michaels is the geriatric clinical nurse specialist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.


261 Kingsmill Drive, Advance, NC 27006.

Abstract

Although many rehabilitation clients have neurogenic bowels requiring special bowel protocols, a review of the literature affirmed the authors' assumptions and experiences as professional nurses that any bowel program must begin with a good nursing assessment, a clean bowel, and eight keys to success. Once these criteria are met, bowel care can be individualized to meet the needs of the specific patient. This article presents a review of the literature and provides references for nurses seeking additional information on bowel programs.

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