On the Job: The Essentials of Nursing Assisting / Edition 1

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This handy pocket reference guide is a valuable tool for practicing nursing assistants. It keeps critical nursing care information at your fingertips. Use it to refresh your memory for many care procedures. Many safety, infection control, and suggested responses to typical situations are easily referenced. In your busy day, it helps you perform your job to the best of your ability.

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Reviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This pocket reference guide for practicing nursing assistants includes a quick reference table of reportable observations by body system; a recap of infection control principles; standard precautions and transmission precautions; detailed guidelines for nursing care in specific situations; a summary of safe positioning and ambulatory techniques; safety hints when dealing with agitated or violent individuals in the workplace; and recommendations for palliative care for the dying.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide rapid answers to questions arising in the practice arena for students and nursing assistants. The authors make the observation that the transition from classroom to workplace can be overwhelming as learned procedures and knowledge are applied to the care of patients. The handbook serves as a reference for ready access to definitions of forgotten words, reminders of critical actions in patient care, or the signs and symptoms of common conditions. The objectives are worthy and the handbook generally meets them.
Audience: The audience is nursing assistants who have finished their formal education. The handbook is intended for use as a reference guide and not as a primary textbook. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The handbook is divided into 10 parts and begins with "technical talk" which includes a review of information on vital sign, various observational parameters of importance when formulating an assessment and information on documentation. Subsequent content modules address infection control, common disorders and related care procedures, communication, human development, the relationship of safety to patient mobility, nutritional needs, special care considerations, healthcare practice settings and the expanded role of the nursing assistant. Several good photos and illustrations depicting a variety of techniques enhance the presentation of content. Well placed tables also help to clarify information. In addition to technical skills, the handbook also addresses such topics as caring for the emotionally stressed patient and death/dying issues.
Assessment: This handbook is of good quality overall, although it contains very few references. The index is extremely helpful in locating topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401806453
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/5/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Part One Technical Talk Chapter 1 The Human Body Chapter 2 Medical Terminology Chapter 3 Vital Signs Chapter 4 Observations Chapter 5 Writing and Talking about it Chapter 6 Legal and Ethical Talk Part Two Common disorders and related care procedures Chapter 7 When something goes wrong Chapter 8 Disorders of the Integumentary System Chapter 9 Disorders of the Respiratory System Chapter 10 Disorders of the Cardiovascular System Chapter 11 Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System Chapter 12 Disorders of the Endocrine System Chapter 13 Disorders of the Nervous System Chapter 14 Disorders of the Gastrointestinal System Chapter 15 Disorders of the Urinary System Chapter 16 Disorders of the Reproductive System Part Three Communication and general patient needs Chapter 17 Communication Chapter 18 Meeting Basic Human Needs Chapter 19 General Comfort Measures Chapter 20 Positioning Chapter 21 Patient Safety Chapter 22 Assisting with the Physical Examination Chapter 23 Rest and Sleep Part Four Human Development Chapter 24 Lifespan Development Chapter 25 Developing Cultural Sensitivity Part Five Safety, Mobility and Patient Care Measures Chapter 26 Environmental and Nursing Assistant Safety Chapter 27 The Patients Mobility: Transfer Skills Chapter 28 The Patients Mobility: Ambulation Chapter 29 Admission, Transfer and Discharge Chapter 30 Bedmaking Part Six Nutritional Needs Chapter 31 Principles of Nutrition and Fluid Balance Part Seven Special Care Procedures Chapter 32 Warm and Cold Applications Chapter 33 The Surgical Patient Chapter 34 Caring for the Emotionally Stressed Patient Chapter 35 Death and Dying Part Eight Other Health Care Settings Chapter 36 Care of the Elderly and Chronically Ill Chapter 37 Home Care Chapter 38 The Nursing Assistant in Home Care Chapter 39 Subacute Care Chapter 40 Alternative, Complementary, & Integrative Approaches to Patient Care Part Nine Expanded Role of the Nursing Assistant Chapter 41 Rehabilitation and Restorative Services Chapter 42 The Obstetrical Patient and Neonate Chapter 43 The Pediatric Patient Chapter 44 Special Advanced Procedures Chapter 45 Caring for the Patient with Cancer Part Ten Response to Basic Emergencies Chapter 46 Response to Basic Emergencies

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