After much consultation with the respective nursing specialty associations, CNA decided to retire the Gastroenterology certification exam effective as it was considered no longer sustainable for CNA.
As a result, renewals are now completed by CL hours only!
|Patient||refers to patient and/or family as defined by the patient.|
|Environment||recognizes that GI nurses practise in a wide variety of environments including hospitals, rehabilitation, continuing care, ambulatory clinic, and the community.|
According to the CNA committee, four goals for a gastroenterology nurse are:
- To provide care and encourage patients to function at their optimal level of wellness and autonomy throughout the continuum of care;
- To identify alterations in health as a result of gastrointestinal disease processes and complications;
- To assist patients in managing gastrointestinal disease processes and in adapting to lifestyle changes that may occur; and
- To facilitate health promotion in collaboration with patients by assessing and providing education pertaining to gastrointestinal disorder risk factors. 1
They have also clearly defined the role of the Gastroenterology nurse:
- Uses a holistic approach to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care;
- Designs a plan of care to accommodate the physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual needs of the patient;
- Provides a caring, therapeutic environment for the patient in an effort to encourage engagement in care planning;
- Advocates for the patient to enhance the continuity of care;
- Collaborates with the health-care team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care;
- Acts as a role model and resource;
- Participates in continuous quality improvement;
- Acknowledges the impact of chronic and complex disease processes on the nurse and recognizes the need for self-care;
- Practises within professional, legal and ethical standards and engages in a process of self-regulation based on these standards;
- Assumes responsibility for professional development;
- Demonstrates competence in theory-based nursing care and acknowledges a responsibility and accountability for professional practise; and
- Strives to provide evidence-based nursing care and acknowledges a responsibility to support research within the specialty area. 2
Contextual Variables (Specifying the Nursing Context)
- Patient Culture: will involve questions about how aware you are of the culture your patient comes from, and your sensitivity and respect for their values, beliefs and practises.
- Patient Health Situation: each patient needs to be looked at in a holistic manner, and the questions will reflect patients in a wide variety of situations.
- Health care Environment: since GI nurses practise in a wide variety of settings, this will be specified only if it is needed to clarify the question, or give those writing further guidance as they answer the question.