Nursing Assistant: A Nursing Process Approach - Basics

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Overview

Learn to become a certified nursing assistant qualified for the acute care, home care, and long-term care settings with the leading textbook in nursing assistant education. This basics edition of Nursing Assistant: a Nursing Process Approach is your competency-based resource, with over 100 procedures presented in an easy to read, step-by-step format with photos and drawings to illustrate key skills.

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Reviewer: Janice K. Warrington, MSNEd, RN (Delaware Technical & Community College)
Description: This is a textbook for those wishing to become certified nursing assistants.
Purpose: It provides basic, need-to-know information for individuals learning to practice the art of nursing as basic caregivers. This is certainly a worthy objective and the book provides basic information.
Audience: Nursing assistant students are the intended audience. Barbara Hegner, MS, RN, is former professor emeritus, Long Beach City College. Barbara Acello, MS, RN, an independent nurse consultant and educator, has worked in long-term care for more than 33 years and helped to write and develop mandatory state curricula for nurse aides and EMTs.
Features: The book provides detailed descriptions for the various procedures involved in providing basic nursing care — bed making, bathing, mobility, and so on. It includes unit reviews and testing material, detailed procedures, and text alerts on cultural aspects of care, critical information, and safety issues. The many color illustrations and pictures are, for the most part, relevant, but some are outdated. More importantly, in some cases, the book does not provide the most current evidence-based practice regarding procedures and the abbreviations list includes abbreviations that are no longer being used, according to Patient Safety Guidelines.
Assessment: This is a good basic care book. The next edition hopefully will include more up-to-date evidence-based practice and guidelines based on Patient Safety Guidelines.
From the Publisher
I believe that one of the greatest strengths of this textbook is the reflection of wellness… and caring (displayed by personal case studies). Throughout the text, reinforcement of the students' responsibility level is very dominant (as it should be), Skills are a major component with each body system and caring can be seen with positive behaviors.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Janice K. Warrington, MSNEd, RN(Delaware Technical & Community College)
Description: This is a textbook for those wishing to become certified nursing assistants.
Purpose: It provides basic, need-to-know information for individuals learning to practice the art of nursing as basic caregivers. This is certainly a worthy objective and the book provides basic information.
Audience: Nursing assistant students are the intended audience. Barbara Hegner, MS, RN, is former professor emeritus, Long Beach City College. Barbara Acello, MS, RN, an independent nurse consultant and educator, has worked in long-term care for more than 33 years and helped to write and develop mandatory state curricula for nurse aides and EMTs.
Features: The book provides detailed descriptions for the various procedures involved in providing basic nursing care — bed making, bathing, mobility, and so on. It includes unit reviews and testing material, detailed procedures, and text alerts on cultural aspects of care, critical information, and safety issues. The many color illustrations and pictures are, for the most part, relevant, but some are outdated. More importantly, in some cases, the book does not provide the most current evidence-based practice regarding procedures and the abbreviations list includes abbreviations that are no longer being used, according to Patient Safety Guidelines.
Assessment: This is a good basic care book. The next edition hopefully will include more up-to-date evidence-based practice and guidelines based on Patient Safety Guidelines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428317468
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 647,327
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Hegner, MS, RN Former Professor Emeritus Nursing and Life Science Long Beach City College, CA.

As an independent nurse consultant and educator, Barbara Acello, MS, RN, has worked in long-term care for more than thirty-three years. In addition to owning and operating a school for nursing assistants, she helped to write and develop mandatory state curricula for nurse aides and EMTs. She has also written and/or contributed to approximately 60 textbooks, instructor guides, quick reference guides, and supplemental instructional material for healthcare personnel. During her nursing career, Ms. Acello has worked in eight states as a director of nursing, long-term care facility consultant, and educator. With a particular interest and expertise in the clinical geriatrics, Ms. Acello's subspecialties include resident safety, pain assessment and management, restraints, pressure ulcers, and infection control. She is committed to improving working conditions, education, and professionalism for personnel in the long-term care industry.

Esther Caldwell, MA, PhD, is a Consultant in Vocational Education.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: INTRODUCTION TO NURSING ASSISTING. Unit 1. Community Health Care. Unit 2. Role of the Nursing Assistant. Unit 3. Consumer Rights and Responsibilities in Health Care. Unit 4. Ethical and Legal Issues Affecting the Nursing Assistant. Section 2: SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES. Unit 5. Medical Terminology and Body Organization. Unit 6. Classification of Disease. Section 3 : BASIC HUMAN NEEDS AND COMMUNICATION. Unit 7. Communication Skills. Unit 8. Observation, Reporting, and Documentation. Unit 9. Meeting Basic Human Needs. Unit 10. Comfort, Pain, Rest, and Sleep. Unit 11. Developing Cultural Sensitivity. Section 4 : INFECTION AND INFECTION CONTROL. Unit 12. Infection. Unit 13. Infection Control. Section 5 : SAFETY AND MOBILITY. Unit 14. Environmental and Nursing Assistant Safety. Unit 15. Patient Safety and Positioning. Unit 16. The Patient's Mobility: Transfer Skills. Unit 17. The Patient's Mobility: Ambulation. Section 6 : MEASURING AND RECORDING VITAL SIGNS, HEIGHT, AND WEIGHT. Unit 18. Body Temperature. Unit 19. Pulse and Respiration. Unit 20. Blood Pressure. Unit 21. Measuring Height and Weight. Section 7 : PATIENT CARE AND COMFORT MEASURES. Unit 22. Admission, Transfer, and Discharge. Unit 23. Bedmaking. Unit 24. Patient Bathing. Unit 25. General Comfort Measures. Section 8 : PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION, HYDRATION, AND ELIMINATION. Unit 26. Urinary Elimination. Unit 27. Gastrointestinal Elimination. Unit 28. Nutritional Needs and Diet Modifications. SECTION 9 : Special Care Procedures. Unit 29. Caring for the Perioperative Patient. Unit 30. Caring for the Emotionally Stressed Patient. Unit 31. Caring for Persons with Cognitive Impairment and Related Conditions. Unit 32. Caring for the Bariatric Patient. Unit 33. Caring for the Person who is Dying. Section 10 : OTHER HEALTH CARE SETTINGS. Unit 34. The Nursing Assistant in Home Care. Section 11 : BODY SYSTEMS, COMMON DISORDERS, AND RELATED CARE PROCEDURES. Unit 35. Caring for Persons with Disorders of the Integumentary System. Unit 36. Caring for Persons with Cardiopulmonary Disorders. Unit 37. Caring for Persons with Disorders of the Musculoskeletal and Nervous Systems. Unit 38. Caring for Persons with Disorders of the Sensory Organs. Unit 39. Caring for Persons with Disorders of the Endocrine and Reproductive Systems. Section 12 : EXPANDED ROLE OF THE NURSING ASSISTANT. Unit 40. Caring for Obstetrical Patients and Neonates. Unit 41. Rehabilitation and Restorative Services. Section 13 : RESPONSE TO BASIC EMERGENCIES. Unit 42. Response to Basic Emergencies.

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