Correctional Nurse Basics: The Digestive System

3.0 Continuing Education Hours

The digestive system is a complex physiological system responsible for the ingestion, digestion, absorption, and elimination of food and waste products. It consists of a series of organs, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, each with unique functions that contribute to the overall process of digestion and nutrient absorption.

In this class, we will discuss the anatomy and physiology of the Digestive System and will include digestive disorders commonly seen in correctional patients.  We will also discuss nursing interventions for the patient with a digestive disorder.