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Blood Collection: Anatomy and Physiology

Product code: M284A    Copyright © 2015

Overview:
Blood is the elixir of life. With every beat of the heart, blood circulates through the vessels of the body bringing the cells life-sustaining oxygen, nutrients, and hormones while removing waste products that can be toxic. This process continues second after second, minute after minute, day after day throughout life. This first program in the three-part Blood Collection series reviews the anatomic and physiologic considerations related to phlebotomy - the collection of blood - as well as describe the most common blood tests.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:•

  • Differentiate between the five types of blood vessels
  • Identify the locations of three preferred sites for venipuncture
  • Name the three formed elements found in blood
  • Name the four blood types
  • List seven common blood tests

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Cultural Awareness in Healthcare: Understanding the Need

Product code: 78796AR    Copyright © 2014

Series Overview:

While America continues to become a more culturally diverse country with new immigrants arriving and those already here raising families, healthcare providers in the United States still largely come from a white, non-Hispanic background — almost 82%. Unfamiliar languages, beliefs, cultural practices, eating habits, etc., all present potential obstacles to the nurse providing care.

The three-part series, “Cultural Awareness in Healthcare” has been updated with new information and a more engaging look to help the nurse effectively recognize the challenges faced in providing care to a multicultural population and develop strategies to address these needs.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of cultural awareness in the healthcare field.
  • Explain some of the cultural differences that exist among patient populations
  • Describe some of the major cultural awareness studies that have been completed over the past 60 years
  • Explain the components of several key models that are designed to foster cultural awareness within the healthcare system.

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Cultural Awareness in Healthcare: Your Practice

Product code: 78796CR    Copyright © 2014

Series Overview:

While America continues to become a more culturally diverse country with new immigrants arriving and those already here raising families, healthcare providers in the United States still largely come from a white, non-Hispanic background — almost 82%. Unfamiliar languages, beliefs, cultural practices, eating habits, etc., all present potential obstacles to the nurse providing care.

The three-part series, “Cultural Awareness in Healthcare” has been updated with new information and a more engaging look to help the nurse effectively recognize the challenges faced in providing care to a multicultural population and develop strategies to address these needs.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
  • Explain key, specific ways that you can take to ensure that you provide appropriate care to different ethnic groups, including people from Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

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Diabetes in Clinical Practice

Product code: M231R    Copyright © 2013

Overview:

In the United States, diabetes has become an epidemic. More than 25.6 million people — 11.3% of our population — are estimated to be affected. Just over one-fourth of these individuals are over the age of 65 while less than 0.26% are younger than 20. And, it is estimated that another 7 million people are unaware they are affected.

This course is designed to provide nurses in clinical practice with an overview of diabetes, risk factors and signs and symptoms associated with a diagnosis of diabetes, factors to consider when providing care to a patient diagnosed with diabetes and practical steps that can be taken to encourage adherence to treatment regimens.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define the types of diabetes.
  • Identify signs, symptoms and risk factors for diabetes.
  • Describe the roles of clinical and home glucose tests.
  • Describe the importance of periodic and ongoing reassessment.
  • Describe conditions to look for when assessing patients with diabetes.

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Nursing Process and Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking in the Nursing Process

Product code: 78793R    Copyright © 2015

OVERVIEW:

Adapting to new and increasing healthcare technology and coping with multiple nursing and medical priorities has required nurses to develop essential critical thinking and reason skills. Critical thinking is the rational examination and analysis of available information that leads to the formulation of conclusions and alternatives that are the most appropriate for the situation and it is an essential part of the nursing process.

This program will demonstrate how critical thinking skills are applied to clinical practice through the use of 12 vignettes that follow a nursing student and her colleagues as they care for a chronically ill patient.

OBJECTIVES:

After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

  • Define critical thinking as an organized way of thinking
  • Indentify and briefly describe selected elements of critical thinking
  • Explain how critical thinking is essential in the nursing process

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Nursing Transitions: New Graduate To Professional

Product code: M279A    Copyright © 2014

Overview:
The transition from nursing student to nurse is difficult. Nursing students enter colleges or universities with the hope that they will graduate and have a wonderful orientation with a preceptor who has excellent clinical skills, is kind, compassionate, empathetic, and respectful and imparts those qualities onto them. Unfortunately, this seldom happens. Thirty to 35% of nursing graduates leave in the first year and up to 57% leave in the second year. This is a tremendous loss of time and money for both new nurses and facilities.

This course provides an overview of the challenges faced by the novice nurse, and facilities integrating the novice nurse into the nursing staff. It describes strategies the new nurse can take to ease the transition from student to professional, and programs facilities can institute to facilitate this transition and protect its investment in the new nurse.

Objectives:
After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the statistics regarding nurses’ transition rates from student to professional
  • Describe the challenges newly graduated nursing students face as they enter the professional environment
  • Explain the value of nursing internships and residencies in providing critical hands-on experience for new nurses
  • Explain the value of preceptorships as an experience that can help new nurses successfully master the skills and pressures of day-to-day nursing
  • Identify the five phases that new nursing professionals go through during the first year on the job
  • Describe tips and advice provided in this course for enhancing the experience during the transition from new to experienced nursing professional

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Obstetrical Nursing: Assisted Delivery and Cesarean Section

Product code: 78798FS    Copyright © 2015


Overview:
Some women experience no problem giving birth to their babies. Others have difficulty and need assistance. Common procedures used to assist a baby's birth include forceps delivery, vacuum extraction and cesarean section. This course provides an overview of these procedures and details the Labor and Delivery nurse's responsibilities in regard to forceps delivery, vacuum extraction and C-section. The course also discusses the nurse's role in patient education regarding these procedures.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • List indications for assisted delivery
  • Define and describe the most common devices and techniques used in assisted delivery
  • Describe patient and equipment preparation procedures for C-section
  • Discuss the importance of patient education in emergent obstetrical situations

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Obstetrical Nursing: Caring for the Antepartum Patient

Product code: 78798AS    Copyright © 2015


Overview:
The pregnant woman experiences significant changes during pregnancy that affect all of her major body systems and emotions. This program focuses on the physiological and emotional changes a woman goes through during pregnancy, and includes information that can assist the nurse in caring for and reassuring her pregnant patients. Patient history and prenatal care is also discussed.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Distinguish normal gestation from preterm gestation
  • Identify all of the major physical changes that occur during pregnancy
  • Distinguish how these wide ranging physical changes can affect a pregnant woman's physical and emotional functioning and well being
  • Identify appropriate information that should be gathered and tests that should be taken during initial obstetrical visits
  • Use specific terms to identify number of pregnancies and number of deliveries for each patient
  • Identify the various laboratory tests and monitoring procedures that must be performed at various points during the pregnancy

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Obstetrical Nursing: Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Product code: 78798BS    Copyright © 2015


Overview:
While most births occur naturally and without complication, some do not. The labor and delivery nurse must be able to use effective monitoring systems in order to observe changes in the status of the fetus during labor. By understanding the latest monitoring techniques and equipment, including electronic fetal monitoring systems, the nurse can help to create a positive delivery outcome for her patients. This program focuses on the latest electronic fetal monitoring devices and practices.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the most commonly used types of fetal monitoring equipment
  • Explain how the electronic fetal monitor is attached and used
  • Educate patients regarding fetal monitoring
  • Monitor for complications during labor using different monitoring techniques

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Obstetrical Nursing: Labor and Delivery

Product code: 78798DS    Copyright © 2015


Overview:
Labor is the apt term to describe the birthing process, which is laborious and painful, and characterized by distinct stages and phases. This course details the process of labor and introduces practices that nursing personnel can use to help ensure positive delivery outcomes for patients.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define and describe the four stages of labor
  • Differentiate between the stages and phases of labor
  • Discuss in detail, the nursing care that should be performed through each phase and stage of labor

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Obstetrical Nursing: Pain Control

Product code: 78798ES    Copyright © 2015


Overview:
Labor is the apt term to describe the birthing process, which is laborious and painful. This course describes how the body responds to pain during labor, and provides a detailed overview of the different pain relief techniques and medications that are available.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss how the body responds to pain during the stages of labor
  • Define various non-pharmacologic methods of pain relief for the mother
  • Discuss the different types of medication and regional anesthesia that can be used to reduce pain during labor
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of different pain relief methods
  • Compare the effects of different types of pain relief medications on both the mother and fetus

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Degenerative Disorders Part 1

Product code: PATH103E    Copyright © 2017

OVERVIEW:

Neurodegenerative diseases are progressive disorders that result in chronic, incurable, debilitating conditions that lead to damage or death of nerve cells.  The consequences of these pathologies can result in motor, sensory, and/or cognitive dysfunction and eventually death.

This program is the first of two parts on neurodegenerative diseases, and describes the characteristics, risk factors, and symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to describe risk factors and symptoms of:

  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease

 

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Degenerative Disorders Part 2

Product code: PATH103F    Copyright © 2017

 OVERVIEW:
Neurodegenerative diseases are progressive disorders that result in chronic, incurable, debilitating conditions that lead to damage or death of nerve cells.  The consequences of these pathologies can result in motor, sensory, and / or cognitive dysfunction and eventually death.

This program is the second of two parts on neurodegenerative diseases, and describes the characteristics, risk factors, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and myasthenia gravis.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to describe risk factors and symptoms of:

•    Multiple sclerosis
•    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
•    Myasthenia gravis

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The New Nursing Assistant Textbook (8th Edition)

Product code: CNA530V    Copyright © 2017

Overview:

The Eighth Edition of Medcom's The New Nursing Assistant Textbook has been revised and updated with the most current information, yet maintains the familiarity and ease of use appreciated by both nursing assistant instructors and nursing assistant students.

Throughout the book, revisions have been made to update:

  • Statistics
  • Measurements
  • Practice techniques
  • Regulations
  • Professional guidelines
  • Terminology
  • New technologies, such as advances in computers and internet use.

This new information continues to be presented in a clear and concise style, using simple language that is easy for students at all levels to comprehend.

Printable PDF files of the "Abbreviations," "Glossary," and "Understanding Medical Terms" sections of The New Nursing Assistant Textbook, 8th Edition are included.

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The Nursing Assistant: Bedmaking

Product code: CNA711    Copyright © 2014

Overview:
Making a bed is a simple, but important part of providing effective resident care. Not only does it feel good, but it helps to avoid problems such as pressure ulcers and the spread of infection and provides a sense of well-being and safety. This program demonstrates the procedures for making both an occupied and unoccupied bed using flat sheets with hospital corners.

Objectives:
After watching this program viewers should be able to:

  • Identify materials needed for making a bed
  • Describe infection control precautions necessary when making a bed
  • Demonstrate the process for safely making the occupied bed
  • Demonstrate the process for making the unoccupied bed

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