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Nursing Assistant 1a: Introduction

If you ever wanted a career that is centered around the care of others and that directly impacts the most vulnerable populations, then it’s time to explore what it means to be a Nursing Assistant. This role can be the first step on your nursing career ladder or into other healthcare positions. Learn career options, ethical and legal responsibilities, anatomy and physiology, patient care, and safety. Discover what it takes to start your journey into this highly needed field.

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Units at a Glance

Unit 1: The Nursing Assistant Role

You are beginning a journey that will likely change and continue to develop over the course of your life. Becoming a nursing assistant is an important first step in your career whether it’s the path you remain on or if you decide to continue on to other healthcare opportunities. You’ll learn about the day-to-day responsibilities of a nursing assistant and the importance of working as part of a team. You will also begin to understand the importance of patient care and how to manage the complexities of working with people. And of course, we’ll explore the various career options in health care. Let’s get started – there’s a lot to cover!

Unit 2: Communication Skills

Being able to communicate with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team is an important part of being a good nursing assistant. And while there are ways to make communication more effective and make sure your message is heard, barriers to communication also exist. You may have a patient who speaks another language, is hard of hearing, or is confused — observing and reporting observations understandably becomes crucial to keeping things up and running. After all, communicating with coworkers, as well as patients and families, is essential to being part of the healthcare team. When communication is smooth, everyone wins!

Unit 3: Personal Patient Care

Have you ever imagined yourself being in charge of mission control, reporting everything that needs to be noted, and relaying crucial information to key players? As a Nursing Assistant, this will likely play out daily as much of your time will consist of helping your patients with daily self-care. And understandably, tasks such as bathing and feeding—among others—will put you in the best position to observe and report any changes or events to the rest of the healthcare team. Of course, this responsibility is not to be taken lightly. After all, providing daily care is essential for a patient’s cleanliness and good health—things that will ultimately help the patient feel better and recover more quickly!

Unit 4: Safety in Healthcare

As a nursing assistant, patient safety and your own safety is a top priority. Together, we’ll learn about ways to protect yourself and your patients. We’ll also explore how infections are spread in healthcare settings, measures you can take to help prevent disease, and how to help patients with moving and transferring. Finally, we’ll consider what to do when faced with different types of common emergencies. Armed with the proper knowledge and procedures, you’ll be able to take comfort knowing that both you and those in your care are safe and sound.

Unit 5: Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and physiology are the structures and functions of the human body. Systems are dependent on the support of others and can’t simply work on their own. Together, we’ll review how the musculoskeletal system provides support and structure for the body while the cardiovascular system circulates oxygen and nutrients. We’ll also cover the amazing ways in which the endocrine system regulates all body functions and how the gastrointestinal system takes in food and turns it into nutrients — let’s go!

Unit 6: Anatomy and Physiology II

As you’re aware, body systems work together and cannot function without each other. The integumentary system includes the skin, hair, and nails, providing the first line of defense against injury or infection—impressive, huh? The nervous system is how we perceive our environment and use the senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch, whereas the respiratory system provides oxygen to cells and tissues of the body. The urinary system performs the very important function of filtering and eliminating waste and, finally, the reproductive system is responsible for the creation of more humans. Does that sound like a lot? Don’t worry—together, we’ll explore each of these incredible systems!

Unit 7: Caring for Geriatric Patients

Nursing assistants will spend much of their time providing geriatric care, or health care for older adults, and this population requires specific attention to meet changing physical and psychological needs. Understandably, caring for these patients requires sensitivity and patience—older adults should, of course, be valued for their age and life experiences and be respected as they approach the end of their lives. Consequently, care provided should be directed to both the patient and the family, with special awareness of the grief process.

Unit 8: Legal and Ethical Issues for Nursing Assistants

Nursing assistants face many complex situations in their daily care of patients. There are legal considerations where the law dictates what must be done, and of course, there are more complex scenarios in which ethics come into play. We’ll uncover how nursing assistants are in an especially unique position to protect patients and how they can ensure their patient’s safety in all types of situations. After all, maintaining an environment in which people feel comfortable is one of the most important parts of a Nursing Assistant’s job.

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