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    Nurse Assisting
    Course: NUR158

    First Term: 2021 Spring
    Final Term: Current
    Lecture   4.5 Credit(s)   2.5 Period(s)   2.5 Load  
    Lab (zero credit)   0.0  Credit(s)   90.0 Period(s)   6.0 Load
    Course Type: Occupational
    Load Formula: R - Nursing Load

    Description: Introduction to the role of the nursing assistant for clients across the wellness/illness continuum within the nurse assisting scope of practice. Includes basic problem solving processes specific to meeting the basic and holistic needs of clients, therapeutic communication skills, interventions to ensure the needs and safety of the client, specific types of diseases, conditions and alterations in behavior of the client. Focus is on the special needs of the older adult client in the acute and long-term care settings, and basic care skills and procedures. Provides opportunity for the development of clinical competency in the performance of selected nurse assisting skills and procedures through participation in the care of clients.

    Requisites: Prerequisites: Reading and math assessment as well as completion of all required Health and Safety documents.

    Course Notes: NUR158 final admission requirements are determined by the Program Director and/or Division Chair and may be based on employer (partner) requirements if the student is employed by the requesting agency. NUR158 meets the application and admission requirements for MaricopaNursing programs

    MCCCD Official Course Competencies
    1. Describe the types of health care systems and regulatory agencies. (I)
    2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the nursing and health care team members. (II)
    3. Describe the role of the nurse assistant in caring for clients with alterations in health. (III)
    4. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the nurse assistant related to ethical and legal standards of the profession. (IV)
    5. Use simple problem solving skills when giving care to older adult clients and clients with alterations in health. (V)
    6. Demonstrate professional communication skills specific to the nurse assistant as a member of the health care team. (VI)
    7. Identify basic elements of evidence-based nursing assistant care to promote client safety. (VII)
    8. Describe the signs and symptoms of specific diseases and client conditions. (VIII)
    9. Describe the special care needs of clients in the acute and long term care settings. (IX)
    10. Perform basic therapeutic, maintenance, and preventative interventions identified in the client`s plan of care appropriate to the nurse assistant role. (X)
    11. Demonstrate caring behaviors when interacting with clients in acute and long term agencies. (XI)
    12. Implement nursing assistant interventions that relate to basic and holistic client needs. (XII)
    13. Communicate using accepted medical terms and abbreviations. (XIII)
    MCCCD Official Course Outline
    I. Health care systems and regulatory agencies
       A. Acute
       B. Long-term
       C. Rehabilitation
       D. Assisted living
       E. Hospice
       F. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
       G. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
       H. Medicare and Medicaid
    II. Nursing and health care team member roles and responsibilities
       A. Nursing team: Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Patient Care Technician (PCT)
       B. Health care team: Physician, Dietician, Respiratory, Physical, Speech, Occupational Therapists, Chaplain, Social Worker, Case Manager
    III. Role of the nurse assistant
       A. Nursing process and role of nurse assistant
       B. Time management and work prioritization
       C. Observation and reporting
       D. Elements of the client record and documentation
       E. Principles of patient teaching
       F. Steps in discharge planning
    IV. Roles and responsibilities of the nurse assistant
       A. Person`s Bill of Rights
       B. Scope of practice
       C. Credentialing
       D. Ethical and legal considerations
       E. Duty to report
    V. Problem solving skills
       A. Duties as delegated from the established nursing care plan
       B. Observing and reporting
       C. Principles of growth and development
       D. Care of the client with alterations in health
       E. Care of the older adult client
       F. Care of the client with mental and cognitive disorders
    VI. Professional communication skills
       A. Professional behaviors and relationships
       B. Therapeutic relationships
       C. Communicating with the health care team
       D. Informatics; client care record
       E. Reporting and recording
    VII. Safety
       A. Environmental safety and cleanliness
       B. Client safety and mobility
       C. Standard precautions
       D. Principles of personal safety
       E. Home care
       F. Quality assurance
       G. Isolation precautions
    VIII. Signs and symptoms of specific diseases and conditions
       A. Respiratory system
       B. Cardiovascular system
       C. Musculoskeletal system
       D. Nervous system
       E. Endocrine system
       F. Integumentary system
       G. Gastrointestinal system
       H. Urinary system
       I. Reproductive system
       J. Mental health
    IX. Special care needs of clients
       A. Aging process
       B. Adaptations needed for client care across the lifespan
       C. Grief and loss
       D. Emotional and spiritual needs of dying clients and their families
       E. Emergency situations
    X. Nurse assistant interventions and clinical skills
       A. Assisting with client care
       B. Vital signs
       C. Height and weight
       D. Transferring and ambulating
       E. Personal hygiene and grooming
       F. Maintenance of health and well-being
       G. Special needs of the older adult
       H. Intervention specific to health alteration
       I. Care of the surgical client
    XI. Caring
       A. Demonstration of empathy
       B. Demonstration of sensitivity
       C. Respect for clients
       D. Respect for members of the health care team
       E. General comfort measures
    XII. Basic and holistic client needs
       A. Nutrition
       B. Sleep and rest
       C. Elimination
       D. Spiritual
       E. Psychosocial
       F. Cultural sensitivity
       G. Family
    XIII. Basic medical terminology
       A. Prefixes, suffixes and root words
       B. Abbreviations and symbols
       C. Body structure, system and organization
       D. Anatomic terms
    MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 8, 2020

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