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Provides the foundational concepts and facts that a nursing assistant needs to function competently in the workplace, be it a long-term care facility, an acute care facility, or a home health agency. Because students enrolled in “essentials” courses — 1) have limited time to read/prepare for class and 2) many have difficulty reading, (learning disabilities, ESL students) — we have included only the most basic, essential information, with the understanding that this foundational knowledge will be supplemented by classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
Pamela Carter is a registered nurse and an award winning teacher. After receiving her bachelor\u2019s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Pamela immediately began a career as a perioperative nurse. Over the course of her nursing career, she also worked in a physician\u2019s office and as a staff nurse in an intensive care unit. Pamela started teaching informally while serving as an officer in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. She formally entered the field of health care education by accepting a position at the Athens Area Technical Institute in Athens, Georgia, where she taught surgical technology. After obtaining a master\u2019s degree in adult vocational education from the University of Georgia, Pamela moved to Florida and took a position teaching nursing assisting students. She continued teaching nursing assisting after accepting a position at Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville, Utah. During her first year at Davis Applied Technology College, Pamela piloted a new \u201copen-entry/open-exit\u201d method of curriculum delivery for the nursing assistant program at the college and was awarded the Superintendent\u2019s Award for Outstanding Faculty for her work. She then opened a surgical technology program at the college and has obtained national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for delivery of this program using the \u201copen-entry/open-exit\u201d method. In 2002, Pamela received a National Merit Award for having her program rank in the top 10% in the nation for students passing their national certification exam. In addition to authoring this textbook, Pamela has also authored Lippincott\u2019s Textbook for Nursing Assistants as well as Lippincott\u2019s Advanced Skills for Nursing Assistants. Pamela\u2019s writing style reflects her love of teaching, and of nursing. She is grateful for the opportunity teaching and writing have afforded her to share her experience and knowledge with those just entering the health care profession, and to help those who are new to the profession to see how they can have a profound effect on the lives of others.
Table of Contents
TOC for 3rd Edition Unit 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 The Health Care System 2 The Nursing Assistant\u2019s Job 3 Professionalism and Job-Seeking Skills 4 Communication Skills 5 Those We Care For 6 The Patient\u2019s or Resident\u2019s Environment Unit 2 The Human Body in Health and Disease 7 Basic Body Structure and Function 8 Common Disorders 9 Rehabilitation and Restorative Care Unit 3 Safety 10 Infection Control 11 Workplace Safety 12 Patient and Resident Safety 13 Basic First Aid and Emergency Care Unit 4 Basic Patient and Resident Care 14 Assisting With Repositioning and Transferring 15 Assisting With Exercise 16 Bedmaking 17 Measuring and Recording Vital Signs, Height, and Weight 18 Assisting With Hygiene 19 Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Assisting With Wound Care 20 Assisting With Grooming 21 Assisting With Nutrition 22 Assisting With Urinary Elimination 23 Assisting With Bowel Elimination 24 Assisting With Comfort Unit 5 Special Care Concerns 25 Caring for People Who Are Dying 26 Caring for People With Dementia 27 Caring for People With Developmental Disabilities 28 Caring for People With Cancer 29 Caring for People With HIV/AIDS 30 Caring for People Who Are Having Surgery 31 Home Health Care NEW CHAPTER!