A group of student nurses have been asked to do a conference on the importance of the gastrointestinal system. They open their presentation with the following statement: “As nurses, we spend every day, as part of our routine assessment, asking patients whether they have moved their bowels today. We are not asking just for the sake of asking, as this normal bodily function hinges on many factors.”
a. What concepts of gastrointestinal function do you believe the students are trying to portray in relation to this statement?