Being a Nursing Assistant / Edition 9

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Overview

The tradition continues—even better than ever!

Now in its ninth edition, this market-leading text continues to aid instructors in preparing the nation's finest nursing assistants to deliver safe, effective care in acute, sub-acute, long-term care, and home health settings by maintaining the time-tested hallmark features students and instructors love while staying current in the dynamic, ever-changing world of healthcare.

To enrich learning, enhance critical thinking skills and improve client care, the guidelines and clearly illustrated procedures that demonstrate the "how" of what nursing assistants need to do, now include clearly written rationales that help them to understand the "why" behind their patient care actions.

Accompanied by a wide range of new media, this resource is unsurpassed in providing a total package of learning tools that promote individual success in the classroom, on the certifying exam, and in the clinical setting.

Key Features:

  • NEW! Guidelines and Procedures-including Waterless Hand Hygiene and Applying a Condom Catheter
  • NEW! Rationales for all procedures that help students to understand the "why" behind their patient care actions
  • NEW! Topics such as SARS precautions and care of patients with Alzheimer's disease
  • NEW! Charting examples in each procedure that reinforce the importance of documentation
  • NEW! Tear-Out Clinical Pocket Translator that provides Spanish translations of commonly encountered words and phrases to help enhance patient care through improved communication
  • Expanded coverage of infection control and patient restraints
  • FREE Companion Website provides chapter-specific online resources for both students and instructors including certification review multiple choice questions, case studies, matching exercises, weblinks, a Syllabus Manager, an audio glossary and more
  • FREE Student CD-ROM provides certification review multiple choice questions, videos and an audio glossary

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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This text discusses the basics of being a nursing assistant, from basic communication skills, to the admitting and discharging procedures used in many medical settings. Wolgin, education and employee development at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, incorporates age-specific considerations throughout the text as well as in-depth discussions of a variety of procedures and guidelines from basic care such as helping a patient put on a gown, to care of patients with stroke, hemorrhage, and other ailments. The enclosed CD includes a pronunciation glossary of 500 terms and can be used in a standard CD player or a CD-ROM drive, and a website is tied chapter-by-chapter to the text for more review. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131828735
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/12/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 619,709
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Francie Wolgin, MSN, RN. Francie Wolgin serves as Community Health Development Program Officer for THE HEALTH FOUNDATION OF GREATER CINCINNATI. She maintains a relationship with colleagues currently teaching nursing assistants, patient care technicians and nursing students in several states. She serves on the advisory board of Cross Country University and the Medcom Nursing Advisory Board. She was awarded the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.

Ms. Wolgin's previous positions include System Leader for Education and Employee Development, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH), Ann Arbor, Michigan. She served four years as Director of Operations Support and Practice Development at SJMH, and as president of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. In addition, Ms. Wolgin served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She serves on the advisory board of Cross Country University, and on the editorial board of Nursing Management.

Ms. Wolgin has been Director of Nursing Practice Development and Clinical Associate at the School of Nursing, Duke University Medical Center; she has held several management, staff development, and administrative positions at the University of Cincinnati Hospital; and a faculty appointment at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. She served on the Journal of Nursing Staff Development editorial board for several years. She is the author of Advanced Skills for Caregivers, Being a Nursing Assistant, 7th and 8th editions, as well as many articles. She regularly contributes to books on staff development, competency, and training of advanced nursing assistants. Extensive experience as a direct caregiver in a variety of positions gives her both perspective and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities available throughout the health care continuum.

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Read an Excerpt

You are entering a challenging and ever-changing health care environment. Being a nursing assistant isn't just another job, but a serious occupation where you are an important part of a team providing health care services. Nursing assistants work in a variety of settings, ranging from within the home, to an office or a clinic, or to an extended care or acute care hospital setting. Being A Nursing Assistant, 9th Edition and all the accompanying supplements have been significantly revised, redesigned, and expanded to provide practical core material which makes up the foundation of your practice. As you may know, nursing programs are frequently requiring students to enter the program with nursing assistant certification or training evidence. What you learn as a nursing assistant will become your basic foundation of health care knowledge if you choose to enter a nursing program.

Some of the chapters will be more important to you than others, depending on your practice area or workplace setting. Material that may not seem necessary to know today can become vital if you find yourself being cross-trained to work in a different position, or to accept a job in a different health care setting.

Continuing developments in care technology and increased use of computers to document patient care will necessitate changes or, perhaps, the elimination of certain procedures and tasks. There are, however, core aspects of caring that will be ongoing. Examples include communicating effectively and providing compassionate care that takes into consideration the patient's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, as well as cultural and ages-pecific considerations.

This book has been revised and rewritten following an extensive assessment process. The ideas and expressed needs of instructors and students across the country were given serious consideration. Colleagues and educators who have both experience and practical expertise in a variety of practice settings and specialties have contributed as chapter authors and reviewers. Their varied areas of expertise, knowledge, and competency assessment have been skillfully edited and integrated into this book. As a result, Being a Nursing Assistant, 9th Edition has been completely updated to prepare you for today's health care environment with new content and technology that includes:

  • Free Student CD-ROM with certification review, multiple choice questions, nursing skills videos, and an audioglossary.
  • Age-Specific Considerations are integrated throughout the book.
  • Expanded end-of-chapter exercises will help you prepare for the certification exam with fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions. Critical thinking components will challenge you to apply what you have learned, while time management tips will help you develop communication, organizational, and planning skills. The Medialink section brings it all together with multimedia activities using our companion Website, CD, and videos.
  • Career-Related Topics include a section on computer skills as well as information on accepting, keeping, and resigning from a job.
  • Updated Infection Control Chapter includes hand hygiene, Hepatitis C, revised Contact Precautions, and an introduction to aseptic and sterile technique for nursing assistants who will be working in areas where this information is needed.
  • New Material has been added to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in health care, including SARS precautions, new restraints and related policies, care of patients with Alzheimer's disease, noninvasive blood pressure monitoring; restorative care; skin care; communication skills; computer skills; GI system and ostomy care; adults >75 to 100+; care of patient following a total hip or total knee replacement; cancer; AIDS care; sun downing; home health care; mental health care; substance abuse; and depression. Advanced Procedures for practitioners in states that permit NAs to use these skills.
  • New Procedures and Guidelines cover care of patients with stroke, burns, hemorrhage, shock and seizures, and feeding a patient with dysphagia.
  • Rationales and Charting Examples for all Procedures make the purpose of the procedure explicit and train the student in documentation.
  • Nursing Assistant in Action feature provides new scenarios based on actual, real-life issues and challenges which you may encounter on the job. This feature appears for each chapter.
  • Tear-Out Clinical Pocket Translator provides Spanish translations of commonly encountered words and phrases to help enhance patient care through improved communication.

Your instructor will modify content or steps of procedures when necessary to comply with the standards of your community or state. Because there are significant differences and state variations as to which skills may be performed by nursing assistants, your instructor offers the most current information that applies to your role. You are responsible for knowing what the scope of your role is, as well as the particular policies, protocols and procedures of your employer. Your instructor or employer may provide you with this information, if not, it is important that you ask where you can obtain such information. Only perform those procedures you have been educated or validated to do.

Being a Nursing Assistant, 9th Edition will prepare you to be a successful nursing assistant by providing the core content and procedures you will need to function in a wide variety of practice settings. Welcome to the continuously challenging and learning environment that is health care!

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Table of Contents

1. The Health Care System.

2. Your Role as a Nursing Assistant.

3. Communication Skills.

4. Patients, Residents, and Clients.

5. Infection Control.

6. Safety.

7. Body Mechanics: Positioning, Moving, and Transporting Patients.

8. Admitting, Transferring, and Discharging a Patient.

9. The Patient's Environment.

10. Bedmaking.

11. Home Health Care.

12. Personal Care of the Patient.

13. Emergency Care.

14. The Human Body.

15. Growth and Development.

16. The Musculoskeletal System and Related Care.

17. The Integumentary System and Related Care.

18. The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems and Related Care.

19. Measuring Vital Signs.

20. The Gastrointestinal System and Related Care.

21. Nutrition for the Patient.

22. The Urinary System and Related Care.

23. Specimen Collection.

24. The Endocrine System and Related Care of Diabetics.

25. The Reproductive System and Related Care.

26. The Nervous System and Related Care.

27. Warm and Cold Applications.

28. Care of the Surgical Patient.

29. Surgical Procedures.

30. Other Patients with Special Needs.

31. Neonatal and Pediatric Care.

32. The Older Adult Patient and Long-Term Care.

33. Rehabilitation and Return to Self-Care.

34. The Terminally Ill Patient and Postmortem Care.

35. Beginning Your Career as a Nursing Assistant.

Appendix A: Medical Terms, Abbreviations, & Specialties.

Appendix B: What’s New in Patient Restraints

Glossary

Index.

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Preface

You are entering a challenging and ever-changing health care environment. Being a nursing assistant isn't just another job, but a serious occupation where you are an important part of a team providing health care services. Nursing assistants work in a variety of settings, ranging from within the home, to an office or a clinic, or to an extended care or acute care hospital setting. Being A Nursing Assistant, 9th Edition and all the accompanying supplements have been significantly revised, redesigned, and expanded to provide practical core material which makes up the foundation of your practice. As you may know, nursing programs are frequently requiring students to enter the program with nursing assistant certification or training evidence. What you learn as a nursing assistant will become your basic foundation of health care knowledge if you choose to enter a nursing program.

Some of the chapters will be more important to you than others, depending on your practice area or workplace setting. Material that may not seem necessary to know today can become vital if you find yourself being cross-trained to work in a different position, or to accept a job in a different health care setting.

Continuing developments in care technology and increased use of computers to document patient care will necessitate changes or, perhaps, the elimination of certain procedures and tasks. There are, however, core aspects of caring that will be ongoing. Examples include communicating effectively and providing compassionate care that takes into consideration the patient's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, as well as cultural and ages-pecific considerations.

This book has been revised and rewritten following an extensive assessment process. The ideas and expressed needs of instructors and students across the country were given serious consideration. Colleagues and educators who have both experience and practical expertise in a variety of practice settings and specialties have contributed as chapter authors and reviewers. Their varied areas of expertise, knowledge, and competency assessment have been skillfully edited and integrated into this book. As a result, Being a Nursing Assistant, 9th Edition has been completely updated to prepare you for today's health care environment with new content and technology that includes:

  • Free Student CD-ROM with certification review, multiple choice questions, nursing skills videos, and an audioglossary.
  • Age-Specific Considerations are integrated throughout the book.
  • Expanded end-of-chapter exercises will help you prepare for the certification exam with fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions. Critical thinking components will challenge you to apply what you have learned, while time management tips will help you develop communication, organizational, and planning skills. The Medialink section brings it all together with multimedia activities using our companion Website, CD, and videos.
  • Career-Related Topics include a section on computer skills as well as information on accepting, keeping, and resigning from a job.
  • Updated Infection Control Chapter includes hand hygiene, Hepatitis C, revised Contact Precautions, and an introduction to aseptic and sterile technique for nursing assistants who will be working in areas where this information is needed.
  • New Material has been added to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in health care, including SARS precautions, new restraints and related policies, care of patients with Alzheimer's disease, noninvasive blood pressure monitoring; restorative care; skin care; communication skills; computer skills; GI system and ostomy care; adults >75 to 100+; care of patient following a total hip or total knee replacement; cancer; AIDS care; sun downing; home health care; mental health care; substance abuse; and depression. Advanced Procedures for practitioners in states that permit NAs to use these skills.
  • New Procedures and Guidelines cover care of patients with stroke, burns, hemorrhage, shock and seizures, and feeding a patient with dysphagia.
  • Rationales and Charting Examples for all Procedures make the purpose of the procedure explicit and train the student in documentation.
  • Nursing Assistant in Action feature provides new scenarios based on actual, real-life issues and challenges which you may encounter on the job. This feature appears for each chapter.
  • Tear-Out Clinical Pocket Translator provides Spanish translations of commonly encountered words and phrases to help enhance patient care through improved communication.

Your instructor will modify content or steps of procedures when necessary to comply with the standards of your community or state. Because there are significant differences and state variations as to which skills may be performed by nursing assistants, your instructor offers the most current information that applies to your role. You are responsible for knowing what the scope of your role is, as well as the particular policies, protocols and procedures of your employer. Your instructor or employer may provide you with this information, if not, it is important that you ask where you can obtain such information. Only perform those procedures you have been educated or validated to do.

Being a Nursing Assistant, 9th Edition will prepare you to be a successful nursing assistant by providing the core content and procedures you will need to function in a wide variety of practice settings. Welcome to the continuously challenging and learning environment that is health care!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    The great book

    I like the title because it gets you motivated to becoming a nursing assistant.It also makes you think of your career,an how well you'll do in the medical field.

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