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From The CriticsReviewer: Marcia K Flesner, PhD, RN, MHCA (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This book, written to meet the needs of persons who wish to become CNAs and work in long term care (LTC), provides core concepts and clearly explains the basic principles of nursing care of the elderly.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the information needed to educate CNAs in their role in LTC settings. Preparing CNAs to provide a high standard of care while respecting the individual is crucial to providing quality care in nursing homes. The objectives have been met.
Audience: This is written to be used by students who are attending educational programs that will lead to certification as a CNA in their state. Educators will find the book to be organized and full of figures and guidelines explaining the numerous tasks of the CNA. The authors and their reviewers have advanced education and experience in the LTC setting.
Features: The book is divided into 10 sections, starting with the basics of the LTC setting, discussing communication skills, residents' rights, and characteristics of LTC residents. It concludes with sections on meeting the residents' needs following the systems of the body. One strength of the book is the use of color figures and pictures, demonstrating the topics being reviewed. Definitions start each chapter and a review at the end of each chapter allows the reader to evaluate their knowledge level.
Assessment: This appears to be a thorough collection of the information needed by CNAs to obtain their certification and to retain as a resource in their work environment. Providing a new edition of the manual is prudent as the standards and guidelines require updating as nursing research gathers more research-based evidence about the care of the elderly.