Mosby's Textbook for Nursing Assistants - Hard Cover Version / Edition 6

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This textbook is known for its comprehensive coverage, readability, and visual presentation. This revision builds on these strengths, adding new content and features to better address learning needs and practice realities. Increased emphasis on delegation and safety help prepare students to function most effectively in today's practice settings.

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive coverage of nursing assistant responsibilities in all settings
  • Nearly 1,000 full-color photos and drawings provide clear, visual explanation of concepts and actions
  • Learning Objectives for each chapter help students focus on information presented
  • Key Terms with definitions help students understand chapter content
  • Step-by-step procedures detail skills and are divided into pre-, procedure, and post-procedure sections for easier learning
  • Icons in section headings alert student to associated procedure
  • Focus On… boxes address the special needs of children, elders, long-term care residents, and home care patients
  • Caring about Culture boxes provide information to help students learn about the practices of other cultures
  • Chapter Review Questions help students evaluate learning
  • Quality of Life sections in the procedures remind students to show respect for the person by performing simple courtesies such as knocking before entering the room, calling the person by name, and more
New to this Edition:
  • Delegation Guidelines detail the nurse assistant's responsibilities when accepting specific delegated tasks
  • Safety Alerts provide cautions and proper techniques for protecting both staff and patients
  • Appendix provides basic Spanish health care terminology to help students communicate effectively
  • Incorporates the new 2002 CDC Hand Hygiene Guidelines so students learn when and how to use both traditional handwashing techniques and the new alcohol-based cleaning agents
  • New chapter on Residents in Assisted Living Settings prepares students to practice in this growing care setting
  • Separate chapter on Assisting with the Nursing Process helps students understand how their role fits in to the nursing team
  • New procedures include Chair or Wheelchair to Bed Transfer, Transferring a Person to and from a Toilet, and Preparing the Person for Meals
  • New chapter on Restraint Alternatives and Safe Restraint Use focuses on the proper techniques for applying restraints as well as strategies to protect patient safety without the use of restraints
  • NNAAP highlighted skills alert students to skills that are part of the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP™) exam
  • New content on meeting standards for licensure, certification, and accreditation alerts students to information they must know to practice
  • Safety chapter has been updated and expanded to include content on bed rail entrapment, crib safety for children, household poisons, wheelchair and stretcher safety, and bomb threats.

Concerns OBRA requirements for rehabilitation/tuberculosis/risk factors for hypertension.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book emphasizes the needs of individuals across the life span, from infancy through old age. The responsibilities and limitations of nursing assistants are clearly identified with a focus on legal and ethical aspects of the role. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The author places emphasis on the concepts and principles which support treating the patient or resident as a person, ethical and legal aspects, delegation, safety, and work ethics. Organizational strategies values include awareness and understanding of the work setting and the individuals in that setting; respect for the patient or resident as a physical, social psychological, and spiritual being who has basic needs and protected rights; respect for personal choice and dignity of the person; appreciating the role of cultural heritage and religion in health and illness practices; and understanding body structure and function to give safe care and to safely perform psychomotor skills. The book helps students to understand that learning proceeds from the simple to the complex; that certain concepts and functions are foundational and central to other procedures:safety, body mechanics, and preventing infection; that the nursing process is the basis for planning and delivering nursing care and that nursing assistants must follow the person's care plan. These are worthy objectives which the author has met.
Audience: The book is intended to prepare students to function as nursing assistants in hospitals, nursing centers, and home care settings. According to the author, it also serves the needs of students and instructors in community colleges, technical schools, high schools, hospitals, nursing centers, and other agencies. The book could be a valuable resource for students as they study for their competency examinations. The author is a credible authority.
Features: This sixth edition has been updated to include changes made in laws and standards issued by government and accrediting agencies. The book is very readable and user friendly with numerous full color illustrations and icons, key terms with definitions, boxes and tables with useful study guides for students, delegation guidelines, safety alerts and charting samples. A feature that could be very beneficial to students are the procedure boxes which are divided into pre-procedure, procedure, and post-procedure. Quality of life issues are also highlighted in procedure boxes, as well as skills included in the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP).
Assessment: The physical appearance of the book is outstanding. The student preface offers helpful information on how to negotiate the book and a useful study system through the use of survey or previewing, questioning, reading and recording, reciting and reviewing. The sixth edition does justify replacing the previous edition.
From the Publisher

"This publication would be a useful resource for Health Care Assistants, particularly those undertaking study. It would also be extremely useful for nurses or educators who are involved in educating Health Care Assistants, as all components of the package could be utilised in a number of ways." Nurse Education in Practice, 2009

"The text provides an insight into basic clinical skills…Overall, this is an interesting book with some useful content." Nursing Standard, July 2009

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323025799
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/26/2003
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 1,507,464
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Health Care Agencies 1
2 The Nursing Assistant 13
3 Work Ethics 33
4 Communicating With the Health Team 52
5 Assisting With the Nursing Process 72
6 Understanding the Person 82
7 Body Structure and Function 98
8 Growth and Development 120
9 Care of the Older Person 133
10 Safety 150
11 Restraint Alternatives and Safe Restraint Use 181
12 Preventing Infection 199
13 Body Mechanics 233
14 The Person's Unit 279
15 Bedmaking 291
16 Personal Hygiene 311
17 Grooming 348
18 Urinary Elimination 371
19 Bowel Elimination 396
20 Nutrition and Fluids 420
21 Measuring Vital Signs 455
22 Exercise and Activity 482
23 Comfort, Rest, and Sleep 505
24 Admissions, Transfers, and Discharges 517
25 Assisting With the Physical Examination 531
26 Collecting and Testing Specimens 540
27 The Person Having Surgery 559
28 Wound Care 581
29 Heat and Cold Applications 602
30 Oxygen Needs 619
31 Rehabilitation and Restorative Care 647
32 Hearing and Vision Problems 658
33 Common Health Problems 671
34 Mental Health Problems 708
35 Confusion and Dementia 717
36 Developmental Disabilities 730
37 Sexuality 738
38 Caring For Mothers and Newborns 746
39 Assisted Living 768
40 Basic Emergency Care 777
41 The Dying Person 804
Review Question Answers 815
Appendix A 821
Appendix B 822
Appendix C 833
Glossary 852
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