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2022-2023 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.

  1. Communicate effectively with resident/patient, health facility staff and resident/patient family/visitors
    1. Use correct medical terminology and abbreviations
    2. Answer telephone properly when required.
    3. Record and report pertinent observations related to resident/patient procedures and conditions
    4. Record and report procedures accurately
    5. Record and 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. Support appropriate interaction 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. Prioritize 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. Identify 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 by assisting with bathing with tub bath/shower/whirlpool
    2. Perform perineal care
    3. Perform or assist resident/patient with personal cares
    4. Oral hygiene including mouth and denture care
    5. Perform resident/patient back rub
    6. Apply care for resident/patient 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) and feed resident when needed
    12. Make 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. Use positioning techniques to prevent pressure sores
    4. Transport resident/patient, using correct equipment
    5. Assist resident/patient in standing and ambulating
    6. Observe and maintain urinary drainage system
    7. Measure and record temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure
    8. Perform active and passive range of motion
    9. Measure and record resident/patient height and weight
    10. Identify the five steps of approaching death or reactions approaching death
    11. Identify ways to ease the impact of loses
    12. Apply anti-embolism elastic (TED Hose)

Competencies Revised Date: AY2022

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