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By consaeditor, Oct 15 2017 12:11AM

The CoNSA AGM and Dinner are fast approaching. You should have received information about the AGM and Dinner. If not, please email CoNSA on consasec@gmail.com. Please make sure you RSVP to attend the CoNSA Dinner. You must be on time for the CoNSA AGM as this year's Dinner involves a cruise of Sydney Habour and we depart during the AGM.


At the CoNSA AGM, we will be looking to endorse the review Practice Standards for Nurse Continence Specialists. You should have received a copy of this document with the AGM information. The CoNSA Management Committee lead by the Professional Issues and Education Subcommittee (particulary Elizabeth Watt and Joan Ostaszkiewicz) have been working on this document for the last few years and we are very proud of the end result. We hope you will find it a helpful and useful document.


I look forward to seeing you all at the CoNSA AGM and Dinner on Wednesday 15 November at 6pm.


Regards,

Janie Thompson

President, CoNSA

By consaeditor, Mar 12 2017 04:28AM

All CoNSA members should have received an email asking them to give feedback on the draft CoNSA Practice Standards for Nurse Continence Specialists. Please take the time to complete the online survey as your feedback is important. Once we have your feedback, we can then develop the final draft of the Practice Standards for ratification at the CoNSA AGM later this year.

Thank you,

Janie Thompson

CoNSA President, National

By consaeditor, Dec 4 2016 01:13AM

Please find below a new review article that should be of interest to the CoNSA membership:


Beeckman D, Van Damme N, Schoonhoven L, Van Lancker A, Kottner J, Beele H, Gray M, Woodward S, Fader M, Van den Bussche K, Van Hecke A, De Meyer D, Verhaeghe S. Interventions for preventing and treating incontinence-associated dermatitis in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD011627. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011627.pub2. Available here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD011627.pub2/abstract



By consaeditor, Oct 29 2016 11:56PM

The CoNSA AGM and Dinner are fast approaching. I was very excited to hear that there are over 130 people registered to attend. It is an important night for CoNSA, when we have the opportunity to gather as a group, review the last 12 months and then celebrate our achievements and wonderful friendships. CoNSA National is also close to sending out the final draft of the reviewed CoNSA Practice Standards. We will be seeking feedback from CoNSA members on this very improtant document which will involve an online survey.


See you in Adelaide on 9 November 2106.


Janie Thompson

President, CoNSA National

By consaeditor, Jul 31 2016 10:02AM

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz has suggested the following journal articles may be of interest to CoNSA Members:


Norton, C., Dibley, L. and Kerry, S. (2015) '(FINS) Faecal incontinence intervention study: Self-management booklet information with or without nurse support to improve continence in people with inflammatory bowel disease.' Trials 16:444


Engberg, S. (2013) '40 Tears of Excellence: A Review of Incontinence Literature in the WOCN Society's Official Publication.' J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs 40(5):453-456


Report of the Continence Care steering group (2014) 'Minimum Standards for Continence Care in the United Kingdom.'


Tannenbaum, C. et al (2015) 'Continence Across Continents To Upend Stigma and Dependency (CACTUS-D): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial.' Trials 16:565


Eustice, S. (2014) 'Are our continence services fit for purpose?'JCN 28:1

By consaeditor, Jul 3 2016 01:42AM

Professor Sanchia Aranda – Cancer Council of Australia CEO - was the guest speaker at the Council of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) which I was fortunate enough to attend as a CoNSA representative in May 2016. Sanchia gave a very inspiring presentation of nurses needing to find their voice and be proud of what we do.


Sanchia suggested the following references,so please take the time to look at them:

We still have to work to break the silence - Sanchia Aranda - Collegian (2015) 22, 351-352 - see www.sciencedirect.com

Mom’s Marijuana – Dan Shapiro - see Dr Shapiro's Real-Life Tribute to Oncology Nurses at www.cancernetwork.com

Being Ordinary - Bev Taylor

Therapeutic Communication – Paul Wachtel

The silence and the silencing of the nurse’s voice: a reading of patient progress notes – Judith Parker and Glenn Gardiner – Aust J Adv Nurs Dec 1991 1992 Feb 9(2)3-9

From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public – Suzanne Gordon and Bernice Buresh


Regards,

Janie Thompson

President, CoNSA National




By colincassells, May 24 2016 06:21AM

Many thanks to Dr Ostaskiewicz for suggesting the following 5 articles;


Development of a Decision Aid for Intermittent Self-catheterization. Jean Brown; Gail Creelman; Donna Fossum; Maria Jones; Sandra Roberts; Teri Anne Schroeder. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Volume 43 Issue 1 2016

 

Does Instruction to Eliminate Coffee, Tea, Alcohol, Carbonated, and Artificially Sweetened Beverages Improve Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms?: A Prospective Trial Janis M. Miller; Caroline E. Garcia; Sarah Becker Hortsch; Ying Guo; Megan O. Schimpf. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Volume 43 Issue 1 2016

 

Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Dimensions of the Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Experience in Men With Parkinson's Disease Helene J. Moriarty; Joanne P. Robinson; Lisette Bunting-Perry; Christine W. Bradway. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Volume 43 Issue 1 2016


 Lesley Dibley, Christine Norton, Nikki Cotterill, ... Development and initial validation of a disease-specific bowel continence questionnaire for inflammatory bowel disease patients: the ICIQ-IBD. European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology 11/2015; DOI:10.1097/MEG.000000000000051


Clarke-O’Neill S1, Farbrot A, Lagerstedt ML, Cottenden A, Fader M. An Exploratory Study of Skin Problems Experienced by UK Nursing Home Residents Using Different Pad Designs. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec;42(6):621-31. doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000177

By consaeditor, May 1 2016 07:47AM

Independence Australia and Tena are working hard to put together another amazing dinner for CoNSA members on Wednesday 9 November 2016. Hopefully, the CoNSA AGM and Dinner will be held at the Adelaide Oval with Dr Katherine Moore, internationally renowned continence nurse from Canada, as our guest speaker. Application forms will be going out shortly regarding sponsorship to attend these events plus the CFA Conference. Please look out for this.


I was fortunate to be involved in the CoNSA VicTas recent Pelvic Floor Examination Workshop. This was a great opportunity to increase knowledge and confidence with male and female vaginal and rectal exminations. We were very luck to have 4 simulation models who were wonderful in giving feedback to the attendees and making them feel at ease.


Janie Thompson

President, CoNSA National

By consaeditor, Feb 28 2016 06:44AM

Congratulations to Lisa Wragg (EO of the Victorian Continence Resource Centre and CoNSA Communication Sub-committee member) and her team on an amazing study day yesterday. The Many Faces of Research was engaging and informative day leaving attendees excited about undertaking research. Be sure to check out the VCRC website http://www.continencevictoria.org.au/ for resources from the study day.


Janie Thompson

President, CoNSA National

By consaeditor, Jan 30 2016 09:54AM

After a lovely Christmas followed by three weeks of relaxing annual leave, I am starting to get back into the swing of things. The CoNSA Management Committee has our first teleconference for the year next week and I look forward to another productive year. CoNSA has a lot of issues on our radar, from the review of the Standards for Practice to NDIS to developing a strategic plan to name a few. We are continuously trying to chip away at issues important to us for the betterment of continence nursing in Australia. Please email consasec@gmail.com if you have any feedback for the CoNSA Management Committee.


Janie Thompson

President, CoNSA National

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