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HSCI 1025 - Health Support Specialist in Physiological Care

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture 1Lab None
Course Description: This course introduces the student to the basic body systems and changes that occur as the body ages. Body systems are explored for the influences and implications of aging, prevalent disorders and diseases, and common alterations in function. Recognizing the impact that physiological changes have on an individual is highlighted to address person-directed living. Strategies and rationale for managing physiological alterations and promoting prevention and healthy aging within the scope of the Health Support Specialist will be addressed.
MnTC Goals
None

Prerequisite(s): Nursing Assistant Registered (NA/R) Acceptance within three months of starting classes into the HSS program with approved contract with chosen organization for apprenticeship.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. A. Integumentary
    1. Aging influences and implications of the skin
    2. Conditions that contribute to tissue breakdown
    3. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. Pressure sores
      2. Lesions
    4. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  2. B. Musculoskeletal system
    1. Aging influences and implications of the bones, muscles, and joints
    2. Conditions that contribute to musculoskeletal dysfunction and immobility
    3. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. Osteoporosis
      2. Arthritis
      3. Fractures
      4. Joint replacements
    4. Prevention & health promotion strategies
      1. Reducing falls
      2. Maintaining ROM and mobility
      3. Rehabilitation
  3. C. Respiratory System
    1. Aging influences and implications of the lungs and airway
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. Pneumonia
      2. Asthma
      3. Influenza
      4. COPD
      5. Cancer
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  4. D. Cardiovascular System
    1. Aging influences and implications of the heart and vessels
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. Heart Failure
      2. CAD/Myocardial Infarction/Angina
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  5. E. Nervous System
    1. Aging influences and implications of the brain, spinal cords, and nerves
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. TIA/CVA
      2. Parkinson¿s
      3. MS
      4. TBI/Spinal Cord Injuries
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  6. F. Sensory System
    1. Aging influences and implications of vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  7. G.Endocrine System
    1. Aging influences and implications of metabolism and hormones
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. Thyroid disorders
      2. Diabetes
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  8. H. Gastrointestinal System
    1. Aging influences and implications of the digestive tract
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. Swallowing/eating impairments
      2. Constipation
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  9. I. Genitourinary System
    1. Aging influences and implications of the kidneys and urinary tract
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. UTI
      2. Renal Failure
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  10. J. Immune System
    1. Aging influences and implications of infection
    2. Common disorders & physiological alterations
      1. Types of infections
      2. Sepsis
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  11. K. Pain
    1. Aging influences and implications of pain
    2. Conditions that contribute to pain
    3. Prevention & health promotion strategies
  12. L. Leadership in the role of the HSS in physiological care
    1. Addressing individual physiological needs for person-directed living
    2. Communicating changes and individual requests/needs
    3. Ensuring communication among team members
    4. Hospital admission/readmission significance related to physiological alterations

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

  1. A. describe physiological changes that occur with the aging process.
  2. B. relate disease processes prevalent with aging to physiological variations.
  3. C. recognize physiological alterations and the impact they have on an individual¿s daily living and quality of life.
  4. D. identify opportunities and rationale for managing physiological alterations to encourage prevention and promote health.
  5. E. discuss leadership and communication considerations in the role of the HSS as they relate to physiological care.


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