Exceptionally comprehensive, affordable, and user-friendly, this book focuses on the nursing assistant's role and responsibilities in health care as it is being practiced today in diverse areas of the health care delivery system. It incorporates both tried-and-true standards and recent changes in procedures and philosophies, and focuses throughout on a holistic, humanistic, restorative approach and cultural awareness. Extensively illustrated—yet uncluttered—it features simple language, boxed Procedures and Guidelines, an anatomy and physiology insert, and thought-provoking, interactive questions, case studies, and review questions, especially useful for preparing for competency tests. The Role of the Nursing Assistant. Ethical and Legal Considerations. Infection Control. Communicable Diseases. Safety and Accident Prevention. First Aid and Emergency Care. Communication Skills. Communicating with Coworkers. Anatomy and Physiology. Common Health Problems. Life Cycle. Basic Needs of Patients. Rehabilitation and Restorative Care. The Patient's Unit. Bedmaking. Admissions, Transfers, and Discharge. Moving and Positioning. Ambulation and Exercise. Personal care and Hygiene. Measuring Vital Signs. Nutrition and Fluids. Elimination. Special Care and Procedures. The Geriatric Patient. The Dying Patient. Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. The Patient with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection. The Surgical Patient. Maternal and Child Health. Subacute Care. The Home Health Aide. Homemaking Skills. Employability Skills. Surveys and Accreditation. For Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Patient Care Assistants, ALF Caregivers, and LPNs. Previously announced in 7/02 catalog.
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Essentials for Today's Nursing Assistant
Special Edition Peggy A. Grubbs, RN, BSN
Emphasizing a restorative, holistic approach, the Second Edition of Essentials for Today's Nursing Assistant continues to detail the role of the nursing assistant in the delivery of quality care across all health care systems - acute, subacute, long-term and home. The focus is on meeting the needs of the whole person - both physically and phychosocially. Combining comprehensive information, with visual reinforcement, and numerous chapter exercises, it is a complete resource for any nursing assisting course.
Much has been written about the high cost of health care today. In fact, many of the changes we have seen in the delivery of health care are in response to this problem. There has also been an increase in the cost of health care education. In the last few years, the cost of textbooks has been spiraling upward until today, textbooks are often the most expensive component in an educational program. We have talked to students and educators from all across the country who are struggling with a sluggish economy and overextended school systems. You told us that there was a desperate need for a comprehensive, affordable nursing assistant textbook. You have asked for relief, and we have heard you.
The author and a dedicated team at Prentice Hall Publishing have designed a textbook that both meets your needs scholastically and is cost-effective. In forging this new design we were determined not to sacrifice quality or content. The standards we set were rigorous. The book had to be well written, readable, and understandable. It had to be comprehensive and complete so that it could stand alone without the need for a student workbook. Knowing that "a picture is worth a thousand words," we decided to continue using the large number of photographs and illustrations that made the first edition so popular.
Essentials for Today's Nursing Assistant, Special Edition, focuses on health care as it is being practiced today. It incorporates recent changes in procedures and philosophies in diverse areas of the health care delivery system. Although this textbook presents new procedures using new equipment such as the tympanic thermometer, it includes tried-and-true practices that have not changed over the years. Our goal was to include procedures and practices that are used in the majority of health care facilities in the United States.
This edition of Essentials for Today's Nursing Assistant continues with the holistic, humanistic approach and restorative focus that was the unifying element of the first edition. The concern with meeting the needs of the whole person, physically and psychosocially, coincides with a national trend to provide this kind of care. In the multicultural world of today, respect for the individual has become a necessity. Restorative, holistic care has proven to be an effective tool in reducing health care costs and enhancing quality of life. The sooner we can return patients to independence and as nearly normal function as possible, the sooner they can get on with their lives.
Essentials for Today's Nursing Assistant, Special Edition, emphasizes the role of the nursing assistant in the delivery of quality health care. It stresses the importance of taking care of oneself and developing a professional attitude. It addresses the need for continuing education and identifies new directions nursing assistants can take to accomplish their own career goals.
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Special Edition Changes and Additions
This textbook is a complete learning package in itself. The end-of-chapter material offers a variety of interactive exercises to stimulate critical thinking. The fact that no student workbook is required makes Essentials for Today's Nursing Assistant, Special Edition, an excellent and affordable choice. An Instructor's Guide containing teaching strategies, quizzes, quiz answer keys, and answer keys to end-of-chapter exercises is available for the convenience of instructors.
To The Student
You, the student, are the reason that authors write textbooks. You are the focus of our concern, the basis for our industry, and the light that guides our way. As an author, I have consistently tried to keep you at the center of this project. I have tried to write a book that will enable you to read and learn easily. My goal is to provide you with a textbook that will help you become a competent, compassionate nursing assistant. I sincerely hope this book meets that goal.
This edition of Essentials for Today's Nursing Assistant continues the tradition set by the first edition. It emphasizes the importance of the role of the nursing assistant in providing quality patient health care. It includes the latest information on safety issues such as infection control and emergency care. It contains procedures and guidelines that are used in the majority of health care facilities. Some of these procedures may not be used in your area, and some you may not be allowed to do. Your instructor will identify the procedures and guidelines that you will be required to learn.
As you begin your study, keep in mind these guides to finding materials in the text:
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