Tracey A. Newcombe1
1ISLHD Ambulatory and Primary Health Care, Nowra Community Health Centre, 5-7 Lawrence Avenue, Nowra, NSW, 2541. Email: email@example.com
Stomal surgery has both a physical and psychosocial impact on the patient. Ward nurses have a vital role in assisting the patient with a new stoma to adjust physically and emotionally, yet, in the author’s experience, they often underestimate the significance of their nursing care to the patient’s recovery. This presentation aims to explore the ward nurse’s role in the care of the new stoma patient, identifying the benefits to both patient and nurse of patient empowerment, and the reasons why this is sometimes ignored or de-emphasised in the nurse’s care of the patient.
Stoma, Education, Empowerment
Tracey has a background in nursing education as well as stomal therapy and wound management. She has worked in the Ambulatory Care sector for the last nine years as a Stomal Therapy CNC, as well as continuing part-time as a nurse educator. She has a special interest in Hirschsprung’s disease and has co-authored a handbook for families of children with this disorder.