Sep 25, 2021  
2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog
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HSC 172 - Nurse Aide

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 4
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Entry-level skills to seek employment in Iowa skilled facilities. Meets OBRA87 standards.
Prerequisite: Criminal/Abuse background check; Immunization form as required by clinical site; Flu vaccine-October through April. See the DMACC website for more information
  1. Communicate effectively with resident/patient, health facility staff and resident/patient family/visitors
    1. Use correct medical terminology and abbreviations
    2. When required, answer telephone properly
    3. Record and report pertinent observations related to resident/patient procedures and conditions
    4. Report and record procedures accurately
    5. Record/report intake and output
    6. Listen effectively
    7. Communicate effectively with residents/patients with hearing/seeing disabilities
    8. Communicate effectively with residents with cognitive impairment
    9. Use therapeutic communication when require-cueing, validation therapy
  2. Interact appropriately with residents/patients, health facility staff and resident/patient family/visitors
    1. Use the philosophy of restorative/rehabilitation when providing care
    2. Identify basic emotional needs
    3. Identify basic changes in normal growth and development and apply in care situation
    4. Identify the physical/social/emotional changes that occur in elderly and chronically ill
    5. Differentiate between the care needs of the acutely and chronically ill
    6. Identify the special needs of residents/patients with disabilities, including physical problems, mental illness, mental retardation, and dementias
    7. Encourage resident/patient to be as independent as possible
    8. Respect and defend resident rights
  3. Use ethical/legal principles in providing care and fulfilling job responsibilities
    1. Describe various types of care facilities
    2. Differentiates between various types of health care facilities and their administrative structure
    3. Identify the relationship between various governmental and private agencies that provide guidelines for resident/patient care
    4. Identify roles of various health care personnel within facilities, especially the role of the nurse aide
    5. Demonstrate responsibility concerning resident/patient rights
    6. Practice confidentiality
    7. Recognize ethical responsibilities
    8. Follow instructional policies and procedures
  4. Practice safety measures in providing resident/patient care
    1. Use correct hand washing techniques
    2. Use CDC guidelines (universal precautions) in providing care
    3. Maintain a safe, clean environment
    4. Use correct body mechanics
    5. Follow emergency procedure for fire and other disasters
    6. Provide emergency care for choking resident/patient
    7. Position resident/patient’s call light within reach
    8. Promote a restraint free environment and, when necessary, properly and safely apply restraints
  5. Use information on care plan to assist the resident/patient with personal hygiene
    1. Bathe resident/patient or assist with bathing
    2. Assist resident/patient with tub bath/shower/whirlpool
    3. Perform perineal care
    4. Perform or assist with oral hygiene including mouth and denture care
    5. Perform a resident/patient back rub
    6. Apply care for a resident/patient’s nails
    7. Assist with or shave resident/patient
    8. Assist resident/patient with dressing/undressing
    9. Assist resident/patient with hair care
    10. Assist resident/patient with adaptive devices, including sensory devices
    11. Assist resident/patient with nutritional needs (special diets).
    12. Feed resident when needed
    13. Makes occupied and unoccupied bed
  6. Perform special procedures for the resident/patient
    1. Provide for resident/patient privacy
    2. Position resident/patient in correct body alignment
    3. Transport resident/patient, using correct equipment
    4. Assist resident/patient in standing and ambulating
    5. Observe and maintain urinary drainage system
    6. Assist resident/patient with bladder/bowel training
    7. Assist resident/patient with elimination needs
    8. Measure and record temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure
    9. Use techniques that help prevent pressure sores
    10. Perform passive range of motion
    11. Direct active range of motion
    12. Measure and record resident/patient height and weight
    13. Identify the five steps of approaching death or reactions or approaching death
    14. Explain the procedure for post-mortem care
    15. Identify ways to ease the impact of loses
    16. Apply anti-embolism elastic (TED Hose).

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