The Bridge Project

Linking Research & Practice in Nursing Homes

Choice and Preference Toileting Assistance:

Researchers at Scripps Gerontology Center invite nursing home providers to enroll in a pilot-test of a distance learning course on incontinence management—the Choice and Preference Toileting Assistance course, or CAPTA.

In this course, part of an applied research project, Dr. John F. Schnelle, director of the Vanderbilt Center on Quality Aging and a nationally recognized expert on nursing home incontinence care, will teach you how to:

  • conduct prompted voiding, a restorative management strategy that has been shown to significantly reduce wet episodes among responsive incontinent residents
  • assess residents’ preferences for incontinence care, in accordance with surveyor guidelines and principals of person-directed care
  • conduct toileting trials, in accordance with new toileting items on the MDS 3.0
  • target incontinence care so that residents receive individualized services that are feasible for staff to provide

The course features a series of 6 audio-teleconferences held over 7 months, with between-session coaching calls from project staff. Over the course, participants will not only learn how to improve incontinence care, but also receive ongoing support and assistance with implementing new care strategies. Online training materials and all the assessment forms needed to implement new care practices are also provided.

Who may participate:
Any nursing home serving incontinent residents may participate. Participating facilities must assign a nurse supervisor to serve as a project champion, obtain high level leadership support and commit to completing the course. The nurse supervisor is expected to attend all teleconferences, oversee fieldwork assignments, and submit brief, monthly progress reports.

Fees and CEs:
The course is offered at no charge to the first 40 nurse supervisors who enroll. Others may enroll for a course fee of $95 (covers all 6 teleconferences).

This activity will provide 13.00 contact hours. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-00191), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Approval valid through Oct. 13, 2011.

To earn all approved CEs, nurses must complete a pre- and post-quiz, attend all teleconference, complete the assigned readings and field assignments and complete a course evaluation. CEs will be prorated based on attendance and completion of the other CE prerequisites.

Please call Principal Investigator Anna Rahman at (513) 258-4421 for more information about contact hours.

To Register:
Review, sign and submit the Consent to Participate form.

Training schedule:
Click here to view the 6-session training schedule.

Technology requirements:
A telephone is required to participate in the course’s audio-teleconferences. An unlimited number of staff members may participate if a speaker phone is used. Participating nurse supervisors must have access to an Internet-connected computer and be able to use email.

Training materials:
Click here to view the curricular materials—including course objectives.

There are no conflicts of interest among course planners or presenters. The course is not sponsored or supported by a commercial entity.

For more information:
Contact Principal Investigator Anna Rahman;



Scripps Gerontology Center : Miami University : Upham Hall Room 396 : Oxford, Ohio : 513.529.2914