ICS Core Curriculum: Promoting Bladder and Pelvic Health in Populations with Continence Vulnerability

Workshop 21

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Workshop Schedule


Angie Rantell


Angie Rantell


Lori S. Saiki


Lisa Krabbenhoft


Amy Hull



Aims & Objectives

90 minutes
Prevention and Public Health
menopausal symptom management community outreach bladder control supports, catheters, pessaries
Urology, Urogynaecology and Female & Functional Urology, Conservative Management

Nurses have long championed access to health care for vulnerable populations. This workshop highlights strategies for promoting bladder and pelvic health in populations with continence vulnerability, including menopausal and post-partum women, marginalized communities, and adults with neurogenic bladder dysfunctions. Featured strategies include proactive conversations with menopausal women about pelvic health; imaginative outreach and continence education to marginalized groups; a standardized self-management protocol for long-term indwelling catheter users; and non-surgical treatment for post-partum women with stress urinary incontinence.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss holistic treatment of menopausal women who experience a decline in pelvic floor and/or sexual function, including conservative, pharmacological and psychosexual strategies.
  • Describe a program of nurse-led community outreach, education, and treatment for people who are reluctant to disclose their symptoms of urinary incontinence.
  • Identify components of: a) a standardized self-management intervention for long-term urinary catheter users; and b) non-surgical treatment for post-partum women with stress urinary incontinence.