Prentice Hall Health's Survival Guide for Long-Term Care Nursing Assistants / Edition 1

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This pocket survival guide was written to help nursing assistants succeed on the job. Its quick reference and clear guidance will inspire confidence for those working in long-term care—with a focus on respiratory and circulatory problems, stroke, and diabetes. It covers thirteen on the job challenges, and contains key points about observing, reporting, recording, and identifying abnormal findings in vital signs. Also covered are details and informative tips to help prepare for state survey team visits. For new hire and other nursing assistants in long term care facilities.

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Reviewer: Donna Marie Minner, BSN, RN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This is a pocket guide for nurse aides to use for caregiving in long term care. This guide covers, among other topics, information for caregiving for the resident with respiratory problems, circulatory problems, stroke and diabetes. It is concise, simply written, and easy to understand.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a quick reference of good care to aides working in long term care. It is also intended to give them a preview of what is expected of them during a survey. Both objectives, if followed, can help improve the quality and continuity of care in a nursing home. The objectives are met with simple, down to earth language and direction that most new nursing assistants would find easy to understand. This book would also be a good reference for those with experience who need a refresher.
Audience: The authors intent that this book be used specifically for nurses assistants is a good one. Unfortunately, we rarely see guides that are specifically targeted to this population. The author's experience as a developer of health education curriculum is evident.
Features: One of the positives of this book is that it gives needed information without stepping outside the scope of practice of the long term care nurse aide. Although there are no pictures, the text is illustrative and straight to the point. This book also gives the reader a host of prefixes, suffixes, and medical abbreviations that add to the understanding that is necessary for good communication to take place. Good communication with the charge nurse is stressed throughout the book.
Assessment: This book would be a welcome addition to the pocket of any practicing nurse aide. Good information given in understandable terms is welcome at any level of care.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130920676
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/21/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 16
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Marti Burton is a registered nurse who specializes in medical surgical nursing. She is a contributing author and a special features writer for numerous Prentice Hall Health texts and supplements.

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Table of Contents

1. Mastering Medical Terminology.

2. Winning with Standard Precautions.

3. Taking Charge of Transmission-Based Precautions.

4. Being Victorious over Vital Sign Errors.

5. Keeping Cool during Communication.

6. Breathing Easy with Respiratory Care.

7. Conquering Circulatory Care Challenges.

8. Managing Stroke Care.

9. Dealing with Disorientation and Confusion.

10. Defeating Diabetic Complications.

11. Overcoming Problems in Observing, Reporting, and Recording.

12. Giving Attention to Abnormal Findings.

13. Surviving the Survey.

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The thirteen topics in this booklet were selected to provide quick, clear guidance to nursing assistants working in long-term care. The guide includes key points in providing care for residents with respiratory problems, circulatory problems, stroke, and diabetes. Because new graduates of nursing assistant courses often find it difficult to remember medical terminology, abbreviations, and the normal ranges of vital signs, these are included. This survival guide provides a quick way to look up what the nursing assistant does not remember or has not yet applied. The booklet also contains key points about observing, reporting, recording, and identifying abnormals. These sections help the nursing assistant focus on finding abnormals and reporting them immediately. The final topic of the booklet provides key information to help nursing assistants be prepared for state survey team visits. It is my hope that nursing assistants in long-term care will feel more confident with this survival guide in their pockets. It is also my hope that they will give quality care as a result of their confidence and these guidelines.


I would like to thank Barbara Krawiec at Prentice Hall for believing that I could write a book, even when I wasn't convinced. And I would like to thank my family for their love and support in all my writing endeavors.

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