Marianjoy Library

Online Nursing Journal Club

March, 2014

Welcome to the online Nursing Journal Club! The article for this month will count for 1.5 continuing education credits. Attached is the article in PDF format. This article will be available through March 31. Discussion Via Google Docs/Drive

Reading Assignment:


Patient experiences of bladder problems following stroke
Pilcher M1, MacArthur J.

Nurs Stand. 2012 May 9-15;26(36):39-46.
Available Full-Text only from the Marianjoy network.



To elicit the experiences of patients with bladder problems following stroke in one dedicated stroke unit and to share these findings with the multidisciplinary stroke team.
A structured questionnaire was completed by 40 inpatients who had an identified bladder problem, had had a stroke more than two weeks previously and were able to give informed consent. Following analysis of the results, a focus group discussion was held with the multidisciplinary stroke team.
The urinary symptom most frequently reported by patients two weeks following stroke was urgency (65%, n = 26), followed by leakage of urine (57%, n = 23), frequency (37%, n = 15) and nocturia (37%, n = 15). Depression and feelings of embarrassment were common. Patients were least satisfied with the use of bedpans for toileting purposes and a urethral catheter as a method of containment. The need for more proactive patient-focused continence management was identified by the multidisciplinary stroke team during the focus group discussion.
Patient-focused management of urinary symptoms is important to alleviate concern, distress and discomfort, and reduce the potential effect that these symptoms may have on the patient's ability to participate in therapeutic activities that promote recovery.
PMID: 22808601 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The purpose of the online Nursing Journal Club is to facilitate the use of evidence-based practice in providing excellent nursing care.


  • Identify at least two patient concerns regarding bladder problems
  • Identify at least two effects of bladder problems


Contact Person: Cindy Bright, E-mail   Phone: 630.909.8027                 
Provide your e-mail address

  • you may use either your personal or Marianjoy e-mail address
  • Article will be e-mailed to you
  • Google Docs/Drive will be used for discussion

For further information or any questions, please contact Cindy Bright

Sign Up: SIGN-UP by September 30 to receive article on October 1.

Available Credits: 1.5 Contact Hours

Instructions for receiving the credits:

There are 3 parts to earning CE credit for these articles. All components must be completed between March 1 and March 31, 2014:

  1. After reading the articles, there is a short post-test on the Learning Link. To get to the Learning Link module, open and login to Learning Link, click View course catalog, select All courses, and then enter PRCH4019 to find the March 2014 journal module. You must complete the post-test on or before March 31 and score at least 80% correct to earn CE credit.
  2. An evaluation of this learning opportunity is required to obtain the CE credit. A link to the evaluation will be found at the end of the post-test.
  3. As part of the requirements to earn the CE credit, you must participate in a discussion about the article. This discussion will take place via Google Docs/Drive. A Nursing Journal Club designee will generate the discussion. You must respond / participate in the discussion at least 1 time by March 31 to be compliant.


To add some extra excitement to our Journal Club, we will be offering another $25 gift card in a raffle drawing for members that earn CE credit over the months of October, November, and December/January. Raffle will take place at the end of December/January. Be sure to participate so your name will be included in the drawing. As an additional perk, if a participant encourages another Journal Club member to join in the discussion (and the referred member states the referring member’s name in their discussion), we will add the referring member’s name an additional time in the drawing. Remember that both members must earn their CE credit for the month for the referring member to be entered an additional time in the drawing.

The winner will be notified by e-mail and the gift card will be sent to them within 2 weeks after the close of the month.

Instructions to access the Google Docs/Drive Web page for Discussion and to post comments:
  • Click on Google Docs/Drive or the following Link/URL:
  • Ignore the message to upgrade to a modern browser, such as Google Chrome and click on Dismiss (this message may appear on the top)
  • Click on the Comments button (top Right hand) to add your comment
  • Please sign your full name after each comment
  • After typing your comments, click on Comments one more time; you will be able to see your comments
  • For a reply to a specific comment, you may use the Reply button; the comment will appear next to that specific comment, or you may generate your own comment


It should take you approximately 1.5 hours to read the articles, take the quiz and complete the evaluation. 

As a member of the Nursing Journal Club, you will automatically receive subsequent articles on the first of each month. If you would like to cancel your membership at any time, please contact Cindy Bright via e-mail or contact her at 630.909.8027. We will send out a flyer announcing the next article approximately 2 weeks prior to sending it out.

We are excited that you are interested in this new opportunity. We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital- Professional Practice Committee, (OH-387, 9/28/2013) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest(s). This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital has not received any commercial support for this program. There will not be any endorsement of products or discussion of off-lable use.

The Marianjoy Online Nursing Journal Club is a joint effort between the Nursing Department, the Medical Library, and the Research Department







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