Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Advisor

Doris H. Jones

Second Advisor

Louise M. Schmitt


The purpose of this study is to identify whether rehabilitated colostomists employ the same useful measures in the care of the skin around the colostomy as they were initially taught, and whether colostomists perform these useful measures for safeguarding reasons more often than for alleviation of skin irritations. There are questions which come to mind in pursuing this purpose, and an attempt is made to answer these questions; Do colostomists care for the skin around their colostomy as initially taught? Does the colostomist tend to employ measurers for skin care when he has a skin problem or to prevent irritation, or for some other reason? What useful measures other than those taught initially are utilized by the colostomist?