Nursing Assisting: Essentials for Long Term Care / Edition 2

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The 2nd edition of Nursing Assisting: Essentials of Long Term Care is specifically designed to prepare readers to take the state certification exams. It presents basic resident care information for long-term care facilities emphasizing the realities of clinical practice while offering solutions to common problems encountered in the practice. This book meets the OBRA and CDC standards and emphasizes Infection Control in every chapter.

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Reviewer: Amy Ann Vogelsmeier, MSN RN BC GCNS(University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This illustrated manual is a comprehensive resource to be used by nursing assistants in long term care. This second edition has been written to provide up-to-date changes in the long-term care industry.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference to be used by nursing assistants in long-term care. The manual is intended to better prepare nursing assistants to meet the needs of an evolving resident base as is seen in long-term care today. The author met her objectives of putting together a comprehensive, yet easy to read resource for nursing assistants.
Audience: This book is written specifically for the nursing assistant. The content is understandable and easy to access. Barbara Acello is a noted author for long-term care resources and has experience as an RN in LTC.
Features: Broad topics from care planning and ethics to clinical topics of nutrition/hydration, restraint use, etc., are well written. There are many unique features, including multiple pictures, diagrams, and step-by-step procedures to guide nursing assistants in the day to day tasks necessary in long term care. The key points and chapter review at the end of each chapter are particularly helpful to identify those important issues to target. Clinical applications are highlighted through case scenarios, which will provide a helpful base for educators.
Assessment: This manual is well written, detailed, and particularly comprehensive in nature. Many other books specific to nursing assistants do not provide such variety in one manual. This much needed second edition is keeping pace with changes that are regulatory in nature. The author cites such as agencies as the CDC, OSHA, and CMS.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401827526
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/4/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Acello has worked in long-term care for more than four decades. Currently a nurse consultant and educator, she owns a school for nursing assistants, where she helped to write and develop mandatory state curricula for nurse aides and EMTs. She has also written and contributed to dozens of textbooks, instructor guides, quick reference guides, and supplemental instructional materials for health care personnel. Formerly a practicing nurse, Ms. Acello was also a director of nursing and a long-term care facility consultant. Her interests and expertise include clinical geriatrics, resident safety, pain assessment and management, restraints, pressure ulcers, and infection control. She is particularly committed to improving working conditions, education, and professionalism for personnel in the long-term care industry.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to health care 1
Ch. 2 Working in long-term care 22
Ch. 3 Infection control 43
Ch. 4 Safety and emergencies 79
Ch. 5 Legal and ethical responsibilities 109
Ch. 6 Communication and interpersonal skills 120
Ch. 7 Observations, recording, and reporting 136
Ch. 8 Body mechanics, moving and positioning residents 155
Ch. 9 Assisting residents with mobility 174
Ch. 10 Care of the environment 199
Ch. 11 Personal care skills 213
Ch. 12 Comfort, pain, rest, and sleep 245
Ch. 13 Nutrition and hydration 256
Ch. 14 Elimination 277
Ch. 15 Restraints and restraint alternatives 306
Ch. 16 Measuring vital signs, height, and weight 321
Ch. 17 Admission, transfer, and discharge 345
Ch. 18 Restorative care 354
Ch. 19 The nursing assistant in subacute care 382
Ch. 20 Special behavioral problems 401
Ch. 21 Death and dying 422
Ch. 22 The nursing assistant in home care 435
Ch. 23 Employment opportunities 449
Ch. 24 Surviving a survey 457
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