A Guide for Nursing Assistants
Christina Spencer, BSN, RN
About the Author...
Christina Spencer, RN, is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Christina has spent much of her professional career working in long term care as a charge nurse, staff development coordinator, director of nursing and care consultant. She has been educating nursing assistants since 1980 when she started Nursing Assistant Training Institute in Seattle, Washington.
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This 296 page textbook is written in an easy to use manner for today's nursing assistant. Complex information has been condensed into understandable basics that are essential for the student. Today's nursing assistant is called upon to do important and challenging work. Having a comprehensive but easily understood textbook can help the nursing assistant meet these daily challenges.
- Meets OBRA requirements for nursing assistant training programs.
- Describes the 2007 Center for Disease Control "Standard Precautions" and "Transmission Based Precautions" guidelines.
- Details care procedures according to competency testing requirements.
- Prepares students for competency testing.
- Presents detailed chapter on blood borne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
- Addresses stress management and workplace violence.
- Emphasizes rehabilitation, resident's rights and dementia care.
- Provides students with ample opportunities to test their knowledge with end of chapter quizzes, thought questions, and a review test.
- Instructors receive with each textbook a 64 page supplement containing additional tear-out quizzes for each chapter and two final exams. This makes implementation of your teaching program easy!
Click here to add text.Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Role of the Nursing Assistant 1-17
- The role and responsibilities of the nursing assistant
- Desirable characteristics of a nursing assistant
- Legal aspects of being a nursing assistant
- Privacy and confidentiality
Chapter 2 Working in a Long Term Care Facility18-37
- Resident's bill of rights
- Sexuality and the elderly
- Cultural and religious needs
Chapter 3 Communication/Observations, and the Medical Record 38-53
- Communication with special needs patients (aphasic, hard of hearing, confused)
- Communication with other health care team members
- Observations and reporting
Chapter 4 Medical Terminology and Abbreviations 54-72
Chapter 5 Safety and Emergency Procedures 73-88
- Falls and other types of accidents
- Fire prevention and what to do in case of fire
Chapter 6 Restraints 89-98
- Physical and chemical restraints
- OBRA law and restraint use
- Negative results of restraint use
- Alternatives to restraint use
- Applying a vest restraint
Chapter 7 Body Mechanics, Positioning and Ambulating Residents 99-116
- Turning and transferring procedures
Chapter 8 Infection Control 117-131
- Microorganisms and their spread
- The work environment and infection
- Medical aseptic techniques
- Transmission based precautions
- Personal protective equipment
Chapter 9 Blood Borne Pathogens 132-145
Chapter 10 Assisting with Personal Care146-170
- Activities of daily living
Chapter 11 Vital Signs171-184
- Measuring body temperature
- Oral, rectal, axillary, and aural temperature
Chapter 12 Nutrition185-196
- Adaptive self feeding devices
- Alternate feeding measures
- Progressive self feeding programs
Chapter 13 Fluids, and Intake and Output197-203
- Maintaining fluid balance
- Measuring fluid intake and output
Chapter 14 Gastrointestinal and Urinary Systems 204-220
- Anatomy and physiology of urinary system
- Urinary system changes associated with aging
- Bladder retraining program
- Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract
- Digestive changes related to aging
- Constipation, impactions and diarrhea
Chapter 15 The Resident's Environment 221-230
- The resident's unit and equipment
Chapter 16 Rehabilitation and Restorative Concepts 231-242
- Adaptive/assistive devices
- Contractures and their prevention
Chapter 17 Dementia Care 243-255
- Causes of dementias and cognitive impairment
- Communication with the dementia resident
- Conducive environment for the dementia resident
- Dealing with behavioral disturbances
Chapter 18 Death, Dying and Grieving 256-261
- Signs of approaching death
Chapter 19 Special Care and Procedures 262-268
- Measuring heights and weights
- Special needs of a resident with a cast
Chapter 20 Common Health Problems 269-279
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Transient ischemic attacks
Review for Final Test 280-285
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