Being a Nursing Assistant

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Prentice Hall Health, 2005 - Medical - 751 pages
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Now in its ninth edition, this market-leading book continues to prepare the nation's finest nursing assistants in the deliver safe, effective care in acute, sub-acute, long-term care, and home heath settings by maintaining the time-tested hallmark features students and instructors love while staying current in the dynamic, ever-changing world of healthcare. To enrich learning, enhance critical thinking skills and improve client care, the guidelines and clearly illustrated procedures that illustrate the "how" of what nursing assistants need to do, now include clearly written rationales that help them to understand the "why" behind their patient care actions. NEW - Guidelines and Procedures-including Waterless Hand Hygiene and Applying a Condom Catheter. NEW! Rationales for all procedures that help students to understand the "why" behind their patient care actions. NEW! Topics such as SARS precautions and care of patients with Alzheimer's disease. NEW! Charting examples in each procedure that reinforce the importance of documentation. NEW! Tear-Out English-Spanish Clinical Pocket Reference that provides translations of commonly encountered words and phrases to aide in client care. Expanded coverage of infection control and patient restraints. FREE Companion Website provides chapter-specific online resources for both students and instructors including certification review multiple choice questions, case studies, matching exercises, weblinks, a Syllabus Manager, an audio glossary and more. FREE Student CD-ROM provides certification review multiple choice questions and an audio glossary. Nursing assistants in acute, sub-acute, long-term care, and home heath settings as well as those studying to enter into the field.

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Francie Wolgin, MSN, RN. Francie Wolgin serves as Community Health Development Program Officer for THE HEALTH FOUNDATION OF GREATER CINCINNATI. She maintains a relationship with colleagues currently teaching nursing assistants, patient care technicians and nursing students in several states. She serves on the advisory board of Cross Country University and the Medcom Nursing Advisory Board. She was awarded the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.

Ms. Wolgin's previous positions include System Leader for Education and Employee Development, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH), Ann Arbor, Michigan. She served four years as Director of Operations Support and Practice Development at SJMH, and as president of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. In addition, Ms. Wolgin served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She serves on the advisory board of Cross Country University, and on the editorial board of Nursing Management.

Ms. Wolgin has been Director of Nursing Practice Development and Clinical Associate at the School of Nursing, Duke University Medical Center; she has held several management, staff development, and administrative positions at the University of Cincinnati Hospital; and a faculty appointment at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. She served on the Journal of Nursing Staff Development editorial board for several years. She is the author of Advanced Skills for Caregivers, Being a Nursing Assistant, 7th and 8th editions, as well as many articles. She regularly contributes to books on staff development, competency, and training of advanced nursing assistants. Extensive experience as a direct caregiver in a variety of positions gives her both perspective and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities available throughout the health care continuum.

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