Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.
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The purpose of this continuing nursing education article is to increase nurses’ and other health care professionals’ awareness of prevention and treatment of constipation on the medical-surgical unit. After studying the information presented in this article, you will be able to: 1. Discuss the prevalence of constipation in hospitalized patients and the role of nurses in assessment. 2. Describe each of the three categories of constipation. 3. Identify the types of laxatives that can be used to relieve constipation, and explain the indications and response of each. 4. Provide non-pharmacologic resolutions for constipation.