2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Aug 10, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

AHS 114 - Nursing Assistant


Description: Preparation for the role of a nursing assistant in a long term care facility. Basic nursing assistant skills and emergency procedures; client needs and rights; written and verbal communication; ethical and legal aspects; safety and infection control. Includes classroom and clinical instruction. Application required with the following documentation: Skin test or chest X-ray negative for TB, or equivalent within 12 months; current DPS fingerprint clearance card and CPR for the Healthcare Provider. Must be at least 16 years old.

Prerequisites: MAT 082  (or a satisfactory score on the mathematics skills assessment). Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 5
Lecture: 4
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Communication, interpersonal skills and documentation 
  2. Infection control 
  3. Safety and emergency procedures 
  4. Client independence 
  5. Client rights 
  6. Abuse, mistreatment and neglect 
  7. Basic nursing assistant skills 
  8. Age specific mental health and social service needs 
  9. Cognitively impaired client care 
  10. Basic restorative care skills 
  11. Role as a health care team member 
  12. Legal aspects of nursing assistant practice 
  13. Body structure and common diseases 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Apply basic nursing assistant skills safely. (7, 10) 
  2. Use restorative care skills and emergency procedures safely. (3,10) 
  3. Utilize infection control principles and procedures. (2) 
  4. Identify and report changes in the client's condition. (1, 3, 6, 8, 9,13) 
  5. Describe and protect client rights. (5,6) 
  6. Assist and promote client independence. (4,10) 
  7. Apply the legal and ethical aspects of the nursing assistant role. (5,6,11,12) 
  8. Employ effective written and verbal communication skills. (1,7,9) 
  9. Adapt to individual client behaviors and needs. (1,3,7-10) 
  10. Adapt to the unique needs of the client with cognitive impairment. (9) 
  11. Describe the role of the nursing assistant as a member of the health care team. (11, 12) 
  12. Explain basic body structure and function. (13) 
  13. Identify the signs and symptoms of common diseases. (13)