Health Science Fundamentals

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-05-07
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For introduction to health professions courses

Setting the standard for today’s health science student
Health Science Fundamentals: Exploring Career Pathways provides students with the skills they need to become competent and productive health care workers throughout their careers, with a strong emphasis on employability skills such as teamwork, effective communication, and ethics. All-new photos, a new layout, and hands-on activities keep students engaged and involved in the material. To prepare readers for the job market today, the careers chapter is realigned to meet the Common Career Technical Core pathways and the Math, Science, and Language Arts Links are correlated to curriculum standards.

Health Science Fundamentals is divided into two parts to foster career skills. The first part, Becoming a Health Care Worker, includes basic information all health care workers must have to attain success in any health care field. The second part, Health Care Knowledge and Skills, covers the technical concepts and clinical skills students need to gain employability in a variety of entry-level occupations.

Author Biography

Shirley A. Badasch, M.Ed, RN,  is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach. Her career includes acute care nursing, office nursing, industrial nursing, Director of Nursing for a developmentally disabled nursing facility, and Assistant Administrator in Long Term Care. Ms. Badasch's teaching experience includes co-developing the Medical Occupations Program and teaching for nine years in a Regional Occupation Program, and part-time instructor in the Educational Psychology department, California State University at Long Beach. She also taught in the teacher certification program at Cal Poly Pomona and California State University at Sacramento. During her career she worked as a contract consultant to the California State Department of Education, presenting seminars, writing materials, developing programs, and consulting on program development. Ms. Badasch completed her career as the Director of Education for Bristol Park Medical Group. She continues to research and participate in health occupations as a volunteer in her community and as a member of the California Association of Health Career Educators.

Doreen S. Chesebro, B.Ed, LVN,  is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach. Her nursing career includes ambulatory care, long-term care and acute care nursing primarily in intensive care and coronary care units. Mrs. Chesebro's teaching experience includes co-developing and teaching the Medical Occupations Program in a Regional Occupation Program. This program includes long-term care nurse assistant, advanced nurse assistant, home health aide, front and back office medical assistant, and hospital health occupations. She also served as a Program Specialist for the Long Beach Unified School District and has experience as a part-time instructor for teacher certification at California State University at Sacramento and Cal Poly Pomona. As Director of Education in the ambulatory care setting, she was responsible for development, implementation and oversight of

  • disease prevention and management classes through patient education
  • staff development programs ranging from new employee orientation to management/ leadership preparation and mentorship

Mrs. Chesebro is currently the Director of Mission Services for the ambulatory care setting of the St. Joseph Health System in California's Central Orange County Region. In this position, she coordinates and monitors community outreach programs and works closely with medical and business staff to promote the St. Joseph Health System Mission, Core Values and Vision.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Becoming a Health Care Worker

1. Introduction to Being a Health Care Worker
2. Understanding Health Care Systems
3. Finding the Right Occupation for You
4. Employability and Leadership
5. Understanding your Legal Obligations
6. Medical Ethics
7. Wellness
8. Teamwork
9. Effective Communications

Part 2 Health Care Knowledge and Skills

10. Medical Terminology
11. Medical Math
12. Measurements and the Scientific Process
13. Your Body and How It Functions
14. Human Growth and Development
15. Mental Illness
16. Nutrition
17. Controlling Infection
18. Patient and Employee Safety
19. Measuring Vital Signs and Other Clinical Skills
20. Medical Assisting and Laboratory Skills
21. Therapeutic Techniques and Sports Medicine
22. Responsibilities of a Dental Assistant

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