Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant

Course Description

This course introduces basic nursing principles of clinical practice. Principles include such things as comfort measures, assistance with daily living activities, environmental concerns, positioning and transporting, asepsis and sterile technique, promoting safety, communicating with clients, family and health team, and special care situations for sick people with specific illnesses.  Concepts related to nursing fundamentals and nursing care is integrated throughout the course. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • At the end of this course the student will be able to: 
  • Define the “Art of Caregiving” working as a team, the value of professionalism and the responsibilities of a nurse assistant.
  • Apply principles from interpersonal processes, decision-making skills, nurse-client interactions through therapeutic communication.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for own behavior and growth as an adult learner and a professional.
  • Demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  • Assess evidence-based nursing interventions as appropriate for managing the acute and chronic care of patients and promoting health across the life span.
  • Create a safe care environment that results in high quality patient outcomes. 
  • Apply ethical standards related to data security, regulatory requirements, confidentiality, and clients’ right to privacy. 
  • Demonstrate professionalism, including accountability, attention to appearance, demeanor, respect for self and others, and attention to professional boundaries with patients and families as well as among caregivers.
  • Use caring and healing techniques that promote a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship. 
  • Demonstrate the control of spread of infection by utilizing aseptic and sterile technique.
  • Apply Special care for clients’ with special needs and disabilities.
Module 1—Fundamentals of Nursing Assistant
  • Being a Nurse Assistant
  • The Health Care System
  • Understanding Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
  • Understanding People throughout Life Span
  • Communicating with People
Module 2- Promoting Health and Safety
  • Controlling the Spread of Infection
  • Preventing Injuries and trauma
  • Responding to Emergencies
Module 3-Providing Care
  • Measuring Vital Signs, Weight and Height
  • Making an unoccupied bed and occupied bed
  • Providing Restorative and Rehabilitation Care
  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene and Grooming
  • Maintaining a Safe and Comfortable Environment
  • Assisting with Positioning and Transferring and Exercise
  • Assisting with Meals and Fluids
  • Assisting with Elimination
  • Promoting Comfort and Rest
  • Assisting with Admission, Transfers and Discharges
  • Assisting with oral medications and insulin injections
Module 4- Special Care Situations
  • Providing Care for People with Specific Illnesses
  • Providing Care for People with Cognitive Changes and Dementia
  • Providing Care for People at the End of Life
  • Providing Care to Infants and Children
  • Providing Care for People in Their Homes and Residents
Module 5- Transitioning from Student to Employee
  • Entering the Workforce
  • Enjoying Professional Success
Requirements
  • Instructional / Methods / Activities Assessments 
  • This course consists of a series of activities and assessments to assist you in achieving the outcomes/objectives for the course. 
  • Each unit to complete applies various combinations of assignments, activities and readings.  
  • Strategies that may be used include: lecture, discussion, demonstration, media resources (YouTube and others), role playing, simulation, team-based learning strategies, audio-visual aids, study and practice groups, case study and practical skills. 
Grading Requirement
  • Practical Skills 40 %
  • Examinations 20%
  • Quizzes 15 %
  • Class participation 10%
  • Assignments 10%
  • Attendance 5%
  • Total 100%
Grading Scale
  •  A = 90-100
  •  B = 80-89
  •  C = 75-79
  •  D = 60-74
  •  F = Below 60 

A minimum grade of 75 on all exams is required to pass the course. A minimum grade of 75 is required to pass the course.