INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE, Fourth Edition, provides an easy-to-read introduction to the foundational skills necessary for a range of health care professions. This trusted text offers a comprehensive, yet highly accessible survey of both soft skills and basic clinical skills for those entering health care training programs or considering a career in health care. To prepare you for the realities of modern practice, the authors emphasize core competencies required by all health care professions, including communication, infection control, and professionalism. The text features a strong focus on developing critical thinking skills ("thinking like a health care professional") through a five-step problem-solving model that includes assessing a situation, considering alternatives, choosing an appropriate alternative, evaluating the results, and revising as needed. This unique approach makes INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE, Fourth Edition, an ideal resource to help you transition from simple memorization to effective application of professional skills in a real-world setting.
About the Author
Dakota Mitchell, R.N., earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Santa Clara. The combination of these advanced degrees provides a valuable perspective for understanding and functioning within today's rapidly evolving world of health care. Her 35-plus years of experience in health care includes education, management and curriculum consultation. In addition to devoting many years to classroom and clinical teaching, she has developed and implemented innovative health care programs at both the vocational and associate degree levels. She also has written and/or served as a content expert on numerous health care instructional projects for Cengage.
Lee Haroun, M.A., MBA, Ed.D., has over 45 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator and writer. She has worked with hundreds of health care students and has a special interest in helping them become successful professionals. Dr. Haroun has coordinated curriculum development for a variety of programs, including occupational therapy assistant, patient care technician, health information technician and insurance coder. She also has focused on empowering health care instructors to succeed, and her doctoral dissertation explored the transition of health care professionals from the field to the classroom. Dr. Haroun is the author of CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (Elsevier Science), a co-author of OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FIELDWORK SURVIVAL GUIDE with Bonnie Napier-Tibere (F.A. Davis) and TEACHING IDEAS AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES FOR HEALTH CARE with Susan Royce (Cengage), as well as a technical writer for ESSENTIALS OF HEALTH & WELLNESS by James Robinson and Deborah McCormick (Cengage). In addition, she developed video content and scripts for Delmar's CAREER SUCCESS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS DVD Series, content for health care career exploration software published by Cengage and numerous instructional materials for a variety of publishers.
Table of Contents
Part I: HEALTH CARE TODAY. 1. Your Career in Health Care. 2. Current Health Care Systems and Trends. 3. Ethical and Legal Responsibilities. Part II: THE LANGUAGE OF HEALTHCARE. 4. Medical Terminology. 5. Medical Math. Part III: THE HUMAN BODY. 6. Organization of the Human Body. 7. Structure and Function of the Human Body. 8. Growth and Development. Part IV: PERSONAL AND WORKPLACE SAFETY. 9. Body Mechanics. 10. Infection Control. 11. Environmental Safety. Part V: BEHAVIORS FOR SUCCESS. 12. Lifestyle Management. 13. Professionalism. 14. Lifelong Learning. Part VI: COMMUNICATION IN THE HEALTH CARE SETTING. 15. The Patient as an Individual. 16. The Communication Process. 17. Written Communication. 18. Computers and Technology in Health Care. 19. Documentation and Medical Records. Part VII: HEALTH CARE SKILLS. 20. Physical Assessment. 21. Emergency Procedures. Part VIII: BUSINESS OF CARING. 22. Controlling Health Care Costs. 23. Performance Improvement and Customer Service. Part IX: SECURING AND MAINTAINING EMPLOYMENT. 24. Job Leads and the Resume. 25. Interview, Portfolio, and Application. 26. Successful Employment Strategies. Appendix 1: Health Care Professional Organizations. Appendix 2: Useful Spanish Expressions for Health Care Professionals. Glossary. References. Index.