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HSCI 1005 - Acute Care Skills for the Nursing Assistant

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course builds on skills and concepts learned in the basic Nursing Assistant curriculum. More complex theories and procedures are introduced as they pertain to nursing assistants’ role with patients in acute care settings. Students will participate in classroom, skills lab, and attend a supervised clinical in an acute care environment.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Registered Nursing Assistant.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Processes and skills for acute care settings Blood pressure Deviations from normal vital signs Universal precautions Observing, reporting, documenting Safe transfer of rehab patients
  2. Management of devices used in acute care settings Urinary catheters Ostomy equipment CPM Oxygen Pulse oximeter Pneumatic stockings
  3. Personal work skills Time management and organization Professional behavior Critical thinking Work ethics
  4. Interpersonal skills Team work Communication Working with multicultural populations Identifying psycho-social needs of patient Conflict management

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe the nursing assistant role in acute care settings.
  2. Identify medical terminology and abbreviations used in acute care settings.
  3. Measure and record blood pressure.
  4. Recognize deviations from normal vital signs in children and adults.
  5. Demonstrate safe transfers of rehabilitation clients.
  6. Demonstrate use of incentive spirometer.
  7. Demonstrate use of pulse oximeter and identify normal values.
  8. Describe application of CPM machine.
  9. Describe application of heat and cold.
  10. Describe application of pneumatic stockings.
  11. Describe care of ostomy patients.
  12. Describe care of urinary catheters.
  13. Describe nursing assistants role in patient admission, discharge and transfer.
  14. Describe proper use of protective devices.
  15. Describe specimen collection process.
  16. Describe styles of communication.
  17. Describe team work.
  18. Describe universal precautions in communicable diseases.
  19. Describe work ethics.
  20. Discuss conflict resolution.
  21. Discuss nursing assistants responsibility for continuing education.
  22. Discuss the NARs role in caring for patients receiving oxygen.
  23. Discuss what constitutes professional behavior.
  24. Exhibit organizational skills.
  25. Exhibit punctuality in classroom and clinical.
  26. Identify effective coping strategies for mental/emotional well being of the N.A.R..
  27. Identify effective time management skills.
  28. Identify needs of multicultural populations.
  29. Identify nursing assistants responsibility in observing, reporting and documenting.
  30. Identify purpose of wound drains and drainage procedures.
  31. Identify steps in goal setting.
  32. Identify steps to successful critical thinking/problem solving.
  33. Identify the psycho-social needs of the hospitalized patient.

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