1. Cross , Heidi H.
  2. Schempp , Bethany A.


When an ostomy care nurse is not available, bedside nurses must assume responsibility for providing necessary care and educating patients who undergo a urinary diversion. However, staff nurses often lack the necessary knowledge and experience to provide the best care, rehabilitation, and patient education. This article details pre- and postoperative interventions for nurses who encounter patients undergoing urostomy surgery in order to help eliminate gaps in care, increase nurses' and patients' competence and confidence, and optimize patient outcomes and quality of life. It also includes a tear sheet that nurses can use to provide patients with the basic information and skills they need for effective self-care.