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The Nursing Assistant, 3e
Concise, practical, and affordable, The Nursing Assistant, 3e contains the essential information nursing assistants need to know in a format that's easily readable. Appropriate within any nursing program, the Third Edition reflects the most recent practice requirements while providing new features to facilitate learning.New Features include:
|About the Author|
|Pt. 1||The Role of the Nursing Assistant||1|
|1||Introduction to Health Care||1|
|2||The Nursing Assistant||11|
|3||Communication and Interpersonal Skills||23|
|4||Relating to Your Patients||35|
|Pt. 2||Safety for the Patient and the Nursing Assistant||49|
|6||Environmental Safety, Accident Prevention, and Disaster Plans||71|
|Pt. 3||Basic Nursing Skills||97|
|8||Body Systems and Common Diseases||97|
|10||Positioning, Moving, and Ambulation||165|
|11||Admission, Transfer, and Discharge||185|
|Pt. 4||Providing Personal Care and Comfort to the Patient||195|
|12||The Patient's Environment||195|
|13||Hygiene and Grooming||207|
|14||Special Skin Care||227|
|17||Specimen Collection and Testing||263|
|18||AM and PM Care||273|
|19||Restorative Care and Rehabilitation||281|
|Pt. 5||Specialized Care Procedures||297|
|20||Additional Patient Care Procedures||297|
|21||Preoperative and Postoperative Care||313|
|23||Special Skills in Long-Term Care||337|
|24||Death and Dying||357|
This third edition of The Nursing Assistant again fulfills the need for a brief, practical, and affordable textbook. The high-quality, easy-to-use format highlights the essence of what it takes to be a nursing assistant in today's competitive health care environment. This is the tool that can form the basis of any nursing assistant training program, and is equally useful for preparing students for careers in acute, subacute, and long-term care.
Please look for our unique coverage of the following hallmark features:
The framework of The Nursing Assistant is structured to address the needs of the whole patient or resident, while promoting independence and self-care. The organization of the text follows the models of the Nursing Process, state curricula, and OB17A mandates. The text is divided into five parts containing 24 chapters (see page vii).
Parts 1 and 2 include the knowledge and skills—communication, infection control, safety, the Heimlich maneuver, among others-that OBRA requires be taught in the first 16 hours of a nursing assistant training program, before any direct contact with patients or residents. The important concepts introduced in the first two parts—patient and resident rights, cultural awareness, scope of practice, communication, physical and psychosocial needs, promotion of independence, infection control, body mechanics, and accident prevention—are reinforced throughout the text.
Part 1 describes the role of the nursing assistant in health care. Introduced are the health care system, JCAHO requirements, the concept of nursing care, and the duties and responsibilities (ethical, legal, and professional) of being a nursing assistant. Communication skills, documentation, and medical terminology are explained, followed by a separate chapter on relating to patients' or residents' needs.
Part 2 covers the essential principles of safety for the patient or resident and the nursing assistant, including infection control, environmental safety, and emergency and disaster situations. This includes the use of the automatic external defibrillator (AED). The emphasis in Part 2 is on Standard Precautions and the prevention of accidents.
Part 3 covers the knowledge and skills of basic nursing care. Basic anatomy and physiology are explored, with an anatomical atlas provided for enhanced student understanding. The disease process, body systems, and common disorders related to body system, as well as AIDS and cancer is part of the presentation. Part 3 also covers measuring vital signs, positioning and transfers, and the admission and discharge process. The focus throughout this section remains on the role of the nursing assistant and the psychosocial aspects of care.
Part 4 rises from the foundation provided by the first three parts to bring forth the main duties and procedures related to the nursing assistant's job: providing personal care and comfort to the patient or resident. This includes the activities of daily living (ADL) and restorative care and rehabilitation.
Part 5 explores more specialized job skills and abilities. Chapter 20 includes certain procedures (heat/cold treatments and enemas) that some nursing assistants may be required to learn, but which are not universally within the scope of practice of nursing assistants. Chapter 21 on pre- arid postsurgical care presents skills oriented to acute care. Chapter 22 discusses the characteristics of subacute care and the skills needed to work in a subacute care unit or facility. Chapter 23 presents in depth the special considerations of working with the elderly in long-term care. It also includes a substantial section on dealing with cognitively impaired residents. The last chapter focuses on death and dying and postmortem care, with particular emphasis on how the nursing assistant cares for the whole needs of the dying patient or resident. The concept of organ/tissue donation is introduced as a new topic in this edition.
The textbook ends with a glossary and index. Also included is a CD for pronunciation of terms and other information.
The chapter content is divided into short, manageable sections. Lists and tables are used to make learning easier and facilitate review and reference. Numerous illustrations—including photos, drawings, and reproduced forms—demonstrate key ideas and clarify the techniques described in the procedures.
Each chapter begins with Multimedia Study Buddies, which include a compact disc to practice key terms and definitions; a companion Web site, www.prenhall.com/pulliam, for self-quizzing prior to reading the chapter; an introduction to the pronunciation of key terms and for study tips to help focus learning; and a video reference section for demonstration of practice. Also included is a list of objectives, which summarizes the knowledge, skills, and abilities the student will gain from completing the chapter. Each objective corresponds to a main section or procedure in the text. A complete list of key terms is also provided at the start of each chapter. These words are defined in the margin as they appear in the text to facilitate understanding. All new chapter endings include a summary, case study, multiple-choice questions, and practical suggestions for communication, teamwork, and resource management of time and supplies.
A Student Workbook is available with this text. It offers learning activities that enable students to check their understanding of the chapter content. It also offers quizzes for each chapter that will help students prepare for the written part of the competency exam. In addition, the workbook provides guidelines on preparing for the competency exam along with a checklist of the procedures in the text.
In the health care field, new discoveries and new technologies are constantly changing the way care is given. Laws, government standards, and accepted practices also evolve to keep up with developments. In fact, major changes to the entire health care system in America may be on the horizon. Although this textbook was up to date when it was written, techniques may change before a new edition can be prepared.
Your instructor stays informed of the changes that affect your training and how you provide care. If the approach to a situation or procedure in this book or other source differs from the approach taken by your instructor, follow your instructor.