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The New Nursing Assistant Instructor's Guide - California, 8th Edition

Product code: CNA532U    Copyright © 2010
    

Overview:

This manual has been developed to provide the instructor with lesson plans that fulfill the requirements for certification of nursing assistants per the California Department of Health Services State regulation Title 22 and OBRA regulations CFR 483.152(b).

Updated to add HIPAA and the CDC's new hand hygiene guidelines.

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The New Nursing Assistant Instructor's Guide, 8th Edition

Product code: CNA531V    Copyright © 2010
    

Overview:
The latest edition of the New Nursing Assistant Instructor's Guide includes all the revisions made to the 8th edition of the CNA textbook and related workbooks and continues to provide instructors with valuable aids for teaching nursing assistant students.

These aids include:

  • One sentence summaries of each chapter
  • Chapter learning objectives, competencies lists
  • Chapter terminology
  • Entire chapter from the student text with instructor's notes
  • Suggested equipment and materials needed for teaching chapter
  • Suggested exercises and learning activities

When completed, the course outlined in the instructor's guide and textbook provides 50 hours of classroom training and fulfills OBRA requirements for training nursing assistants for certification.

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The New Nursing Assistant Student Workbook and Skills Checklists, 8th Edition

Product code: CNA533U    Copyright © 2010
    

Overview:

This new edition of the student workbook and skills checklists has been updated to match the new text, CNA530V The Nursing Assistant Textbook. This includes exercises for new chapters on: Abuse and Neglect, Disasters and Evacuation, The Fifth Vital Sign - Pain and The Environment of Care: Resident Safety.

In addition, exercises regarding the CDC's new hand hygiene guideline and HIPAA have been included.

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The New Nursing Assistant Textbook (8th Edition)

Product code: CNA530V    Copyright © 2010
    

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: Assessment: Recognizing Abnormal Signs and Symptoms

Product code: CNA715    Copyright © 2014
    

Overview:

Residents depend on the nursing assistant’s ability to recognize changes in behavior, appearance and abilities, and to report significant observations promptly and accurately. Observing for abnormal signs and symptoms is an important part of the routine care nursing assistants provide to residents.

This program provides a guide to help nursing assistants assess the residents they care for and describes what should be watched for during daily interactions and what to do when changes are observed.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to recognize and identify changes in:
  • Appetite
  • Ability to perform daily activities
  • Ability to respond
  • Ability to move
  • Pain
  • Skin, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
  • Respirations

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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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The Nursing Assistant: Caring for Residents with Dignity and Respect

Product code: CNA727R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Frontline caregivers play an essential role in providing comfort and care to frail, elderly residents. Being treated with dignity and respect is a basic right of all residents. It is a right that is enforced by the state and federal government. Mistreating a resident can result in litigation and charges of neglect and abuse. For many residents, the inability to fully care for themselves can cause them to become depressed and feel isolated. Showing compassion and understanding towards them can ease the difficulties they may be experiencing.

This revised and updated program describes how frontline caregivers should treat residents when providing them with their daily personal care such as bathing, incontinence care, oral care or dressing. The topics addressed include:

  • Protecting a resident’s right to privacy
  • Encouraging residents to assist in their own care
  • The importance of good communication
  • Respecting a resident’s right to choose his or her own schedule of care

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Give examples of how a resident’s privacy can be protected
  • Explain why it is important to handle a resident gently when providing personal care
  • Give examples of how to treat a resident with dignity and respect
  • Describe what it means to have good communication with a resident
  • Give an example of a resident’s right to chose

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The Nursing Assistant: Communication with Residents and Their Families

Product code: CNA717R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
For newly admitted residents, adjusting to life in a nursing home is often difficult. Communicating in a warm and friendly manner can help ease a resident’s sense of isolation. The foundation for good communication is trust. Residents who trust you are the ones who feel that they can easily talk with you, and know that you will listen. The information that you learn in conversations with residents may be crucial to their well-being.

This revised and updated program reviews the skills needed to develop good communication with residents and their families. The video features interviews with frontline caregivers, residents and family members. Their thoughts and feelings will provide insight into why good communication is so important.

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

  • Explain the importance of listening to a resident
  • Describe ways in which trust can be built with a resident
  • List ways to communicate with residents who have poor vision and hearing
  • Explain why treating a resident with dignity and respect is important to developing good communication
  • Describe how family members should be treated and why communication with them is important
  • Describe the actions that should be taken when a resident has a complaint or problem that the CNA cannot help them solve

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The Nursing Assistant: Dementia Care, Part 1

Product code: CNA723AR    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Dementia is a brain disorder resulting in memory loss and a decline in thinking abilities. It’s a condition that is known to grow worse with time and is associated with changes in behavior and personality. Individuals often become confused, fearful and withdrawn. Communication also becomes more difficult. In some cases they may become combative and resist care. As mental and physical functioning declines, so does their ability to care for themselves.

The purpose of this revised and updated program is to examine how dementia affects behavior and the challenges it poses for caregivers. The program is divided into three parts:

  • Dementia & mental decline
  • Common types of difficult behavior
  • Final notes on dementia, lawsuits and job loss

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe how a decline in mental functioning can contribute to difficult behavior
  • Give 4 examples of changes in mental function brought on by dementia
  • Give 4 examples of difficult behaviors
  • Give a general definition of dementia and list 3 causes
  • Describe actions you can take when a resident becomes agitated and resists care
  • List four triggers that can make a dementia resident agitated

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The Nursing Assistant: Dementia Care, Part 2

Product code: CNA723BR    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Dementia is a brain disorder involving the loss of memory and thinking abilities as well as physical functioning. As victims decline mentally, their ability to perform activities of daily living is also affected. The damage caused by dementia leads to a loss of brain tissue that cannot be replaced. Dementia is a condition that typically grows worse with time. An estimated 50% of nursing home residents suffer from some form of dementia. The most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease followed by strokes. Reporting and documenting a decline in physical functioning is an important step in getting a resident the help he or she needs. It may even be the first step in preventing a potential lawsuit charging a facility with incompetence or neglect.

This revised and updated program will examine dementia and focus on three types of physical decline:

  • Decline in mobility
  • Unwanted weight loss & dehydration
  • Decline in bowel & bladder control

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Give a definition of dementia and describe the pattern of physical & mental decline
  • Describe 3 signs that indicate a decline in mobility
  • Give 3 examples of how dementia can affect food & fluid intake
  • Describe what can happen as a result of inadequate food & fluid intake
  • Give 3 examples of how dementia contributes to loss of bowel & bladder control
  • Describe 2 types of problems that can result from loss of bowel & bladder control

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The Nursing Assistant: Dementia Care, Part 3

Product code: CNA723CR    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Understanding what triggers a certain behavior will put you in a better position to address the problem in a positive way. In some cases it may even allow you to prevent it from occurring. It is also important to remember that disruptive or unusual behavior may be a resident’s way of trying to reach out to you – to tell you something that he or she cannot express verbally.This revised and updated program provides an understanding of why difficult behaviors may occur in residents with dementia and what can be done to manage them. To do this, the following topics will be covered:

  • Understanding difficult behavior
  • Being aware of triggers
  • Redirecting & distracting
  • Communication tips
  • Reporting difficult behavior

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Give 3 examples of how dementia contributes to personality & behavior changes
  • Define difficult behavior & give 3 examples
  • Define triggers & give 3 examples
  • Describe 4 actions you can take to manage & calm an agitated resident
  • Give 4 examples of distracting or redirecting
  • Give 4 examples of communication tips
  • Explain why reporting difficult behavior is important

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The Nursing Assistant: Documentation

Product code: CNA718R    Copyright © 2014
    


OVERVIEW:
Documentation serves as a legal record of the care received by a resident. As a result, it can be used in a court of law to prove if a resident received appropriate care that is in accordance with State and Federal regulations. The primary form of documentation that nurse aides are responsible for is the Activities of Daily Living sheet. The information on an ADL sheet can help a caregiving team find out if a resident’s condition is remaining the same, getting worse or improving. A nurse aide’s documentation can be critical to the development of an ongoing care plan that addresses a resident’s individual needs. Other types of documentation that may be expected of nurse aides include charting vital signs and recording whether or not a resident is experiencing pain.

This revised and updated program provides an understanding of why documentation is such an important part of a nurse aide’s job, focusing on three main topics:

  • The purpose of documentation
  • Documentation & reporting
  • The consequences of improper documentation

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • List 4 things that are required to provide proper documentation
  • Provide 3 reasons why documentation is important
  • Describe 2 situations of how your documentation can help a resident
  • Provide 3 examples of changes in a resident’s condition that should be immediately reported as well as documented
  • Describe what can happen if documentation is not properly done
  • Describe the actions you should take when a resident refuses care

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The Nursing Assistant: Essential Elimination Skills

Product code: CNA707    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Specimen collection, measuring urinary output and assisting with elimination are all important skills a nursing assistant needs to develop to provide effective care. Not only do they assist monitoring an individual's condition, but also help to maintain physical comfort and emotional well-being. This program teaches new nursing assistants these important skills.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to:
  • Collect a stool specimen
  • Collect a urine specimen
  • Measuring urinary output
  • Insert a rectal suppository
  • Administer a cleansing enema

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The Nursing Assistant: Fall Prevention

Product code: CNA732R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Falls are among the leading causes of nursing home survey deficiencies, fines, and lawsuits. For a frail, elderly resident, a fall may result in bone fractures such as a broken hip or head injury. Along with physical injuries, falls can have an emotional impact as well, often the resident becomes fearful of falling again. This fear may cause the resident to lose confidence in being able to perform daily activities that he or she was capable of doing before the fall.

This revised and updated program describes the actions a CNA should take to help prevent falls among residents. This includes the use of gait belts.

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

  • Describe at least three factors that place a resident at risk for falls
  • Describe three actions that can be taken to help prevent a resident from falling
  • Give an example of how the use of restraints may increase the risk of a resident’s falling

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The Nursing Assistant: Incontinence Care

Product code: CNA734R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Incontinence among residents is often the result of illness and some of the disabilities that can occur as an individual ages. Residents’ ability to control bowel and bladder function ranges from simply needing toileting assistance to having no control and being completely dependent upon caregivers. Embarrassment and feelings of helplessness are emotions often experienced by residents who suffer from incontinence. Many of them live with the fear of losing bladder control in the presence of others, and of someone noticing the smell of urine. To avoid embarrassment, they may choose to isolate themselves and stay away from social activities. As a nurse aide, you can help ease a resident’s embarrassment and fear of accidents by providing assistance with toileting. Your emotional support combined with toileting assistance can help a resident live a more normal life. Incontinent residents who are bedridden or chair bound require perineal care to prevent skin breakdown. It is important to remember that prolonged exposure to incontinent waste places the resident at a higher risk for pressure ulcers and infections.

This revised and updated program reviews two basic types of incontinence care: toileting assistance and perineal care. The program also discusses three types of problems often associated with incontinence: urinary retention, urinary tract infection and constipation.

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

  • Explain how to assist residents with toileting
  • List the basic steps of perineal care
  • Describe the signs that a CNA should be alert to and report for urinary retention, urinary tract infection and constipation

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The Nursing Assistant: Infection Control

Product code: CNA731R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Because of frail health and a declining immune system, many elderly residents are more susceptible to infections – for example, urinary tract infections or respiratory infections such as colds or pneumonia. Infection control practices as simple as hand washing can help prevent the spread of illnesses such as these. A disease or infection acquired by a resident may result in discomfort, pain or even death. If you are exposed to germs at the facility, you could also become ill, and in some cases, you could spread that illness to your family and friends.

This revised and updated program reviews two basic but very important infection control practices: hand washing and glove usage. Frontline caregivers will learn how these practices can reduce the spread of disease and infection.

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

  • Describe the three links in the chain of infection
  • List three ways in which disease can be spread
  • Describe how to perform routine handwashing
  • Give three examples of when to wash hands
  • Give three examples of when to use gloves

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The Nursing Assistant: Infection Control Skills

Product code: CNA701    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Because they are in direct and constant contact with those they care for, techniques for infection control are critical skills for nursing assistants to master. Learning and practicing effective infection control skills will help the nursing assistant prevent the spread of microorganisms that can cause infectious diseases, and protect the health and safety of all those they care for, as well as co-workers and themselves. This program teaches new nursing assistants the important skills necessary for controlling the spread of infectious disease.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to describe the use of, and demonstrate basic infection control practices, including:
  • Standard precautions
  • Transmission-based precautions
  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Use of protective gloves
  • Use of a protective gown
  • Handling infectious waste
  • Handling linen
  • Cleaning a blood spill

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The Nursing Assistant: Measuring Vital Signs

Product code: CNA702    Copyright © 2014
    

Overview:

Vital signs are measurements of essential bodily functions that indicate the general health of the body. Measurements of temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and pain are routine and basic clinical skills that need to be mastered by every nursing assistant to provide care. This program demonstrates the techniques used to measure vital signs that will help the nursing assistant maintain and promote resident health.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to:
  • Measure temperature
  • Measure pulse rate
  • Measure respiration rate
  • Measure blood pressure
  • Make a pain assessment

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The Nursing Assistant: Measuring Weight and Height

Product code: CNA712    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

A person's height and weight can be important indicators of nutritional and health status. The process of measuring height and weight also offers you an opportunity to observe the general condition of the person and provides a time for positive interactions. This program demonstrates proper techniques for measuring weight and height with the most commonly used scales.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to measure weight using:
  • The Standing Scale
  • The Chair Scale
  • The Wheelchair Scale
  • A Mechanical Lift Scale
  • A Bed Scale



In addition, the viewer should be able to measure:
  • Standing Height
  • Recumbent Height

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The Nursing Assistant: Moving and Turning Skills

Product code: CNA703    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Those primarily confined to a bed—who can no longer change position and move easily—are not only less comfortable, but can have decreased blood circulation and are at risk for the development of pressure ulcers. To reduce these risks and improve resident health, the nursing assistant must master the skills needed for moving and positioning the resident in bed using techniques that protect both the resident and the nursing assistant.

Medcom’s Nursing Assistant program on moving and turning skills has been completely revised and updated, yet continues to provide clear descriptions and demonstrations of common and important techniques for safely moving and positioning a resident in bed.

Objectives:

This program will demonstrate:
  • Moving up in bed using a lift sheet
  • Moving to the side of a bed using a lift sheet
  • Performing a log roll with a lift sheet
  • Assisting a move up in bed
  • Moving to the side of a bed without a lift sheet
  • Turning away from you
  • Turning towards you

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The Nursing Assistant: Nutrition and Hydration

Product code: CNA726R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
A caregiver’s assistance and encouragement play an important role in helping residents receive adequate food and fluid intake. Federal regulations require that nursing homes provide appropriate nutritional care and do everything possible to prevent unplanned weight loss among residents. Failure to fulfill these requirements can result in survey deficiencies, fines, or legal action. A resident who does not receive adequate food and fluid intake is often weak and more susceptible to diseases, falls, bone fractures, confusion and agitation, bruises, skin tears, and pressure ulcers. Fortunately, malnutrition among elderly residents is most often avoidable. To help ensure proper nutrition, each resident at the facility must receive a nutritional assessment from a registered dietitian on a regular basis.

This revised and updated program demonstrates how nurse aides can assist residents with food and fluid intake.

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

  • List at least three factors that may cause a resident to have inadequate food and fluid intake
  • Describe consequences that can occur if a resident becomes malnourished and underweight
  • Describe three ways to assist a resident with food and fluid intake during mealtime
  • Describe the actions that should be taken if a CNA notices a change in a resident’s food and fluid intake

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The Nursing Assistant: Oral Care

Product code: CNA706    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Keeping a resident’s mouth, teeth, gums and tongue healthy is a vital component of maintaining the resident’s overall personal hygiene and good health. Poor mouth care can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and even a lack of appetite. Oral care should be provided on a daily basis to all those who are in any form of nursing care. The nursing assistant must know how to competently provide oral hygiene as part of the effort to promote overall resident health.

Medcom’s Nursing Assistant program on oral care skills has been completely revised and updated, yet continues to provide clear descriptions and demonstrations of common and important techniques for safely providing oral care to residents.

Objectives:

This program will demonstrate:
  • Assisted oral care
  • Denture care
  • Oral care for the unconscious person

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The Nursing Assistant: Ostomy, Urinary Drainage and Catheter Care

Product code: CNA716    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Many residents will have urinary catheters or ostomies. To provide proper care to these residents, nursing assistants must have specific knowledge and skills needed to provide care. This program demonstrates the techniques used for ostomy and catheter care that will help the nursing assistant maintain resident health, hygiene and prevent infection.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to:
  • Properly Empty a Urinary Drainage Bag
  • Provide Daily Catheter Care
  • Change an Ostomy Bag

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The Nursing Assistant: Pain Management

Product code: CNA719R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Pain can lead to depression, loss of appetite or a decline in the ability to perform activities of daily living. In some cases, pain may even place a resident at a higher risk for injuries, accidents or falls. Pain and discomfort is a common experience among nursing home residents. The effective management of a resident’s pain or discomfort has a direct impact on his or her quality of life. State and Federal regulations require facilities to provide individualized pain management programs for their residents. Nurse aides play an important part of a program – they are the ones who help monitor a resident through observation, reporting and documenting.

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

  • Define pain
  • Describe the difference between acute pain and chronic pain
  • List 4 behavior changes that indicate a resident may be in pain
  • Provide examples of questions that should be asked of a resident when he or she is observed to be in pain
  • Describe what can happen if a resident’s pain is not reported

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The Nursing Assistant: Personal Care Skills for the Care Provider

Product code: CNA705    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

While a person's sense of dignity and self-worth are often related to feeling clean and well groomed, personal care and grooming are also important factors in maintaining health and controlling infection. Care providers often become responsible for the personal care and personal hygiene of persons who are no longer capable of doing these things for themselves. Assisting with personal care is an important part of "morning care."

Medcom’s Nursing Assistant program on personal care skills has been completely revised and updated, yet continues to provide clear descriptions and demonstrations of common and important techniques for safely providing personal care to residents.

Objectives:

This program will demonstrate:
  • Cleaning and Trimming Nails
  • Shaving the Beard
  • Assisting with Hair and Makeup
  • Assisting with Dressing
  • Dressing When an IV Catheter is in Place

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The Nursing Assistant: Positioning Techniques

Product code: CNA713    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Proper body alignment not only allows patients and residents to feel more comfortable, but it is important to relieve strain, increase circulation, and prevent deformities and complications such as contractures and pressure sores. Nursing assistants need to develop the skills to position those who are bedridden using assistive devices and following the principles of good body mechanics to avoid injury.

Medcom’s Nursing Assistant program on positioning has been completely revised and updated, yet continues to provide clear descriptions and demonstrations of common and important techniques for safely when positioning the patient or resident in bed.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to safely place patients and residents in the following positions:
  • Supine
  • Semi-supine
  • Side-lying
  • Prone

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The Nursing Assistant: Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Product code: CNA725R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Pressure ulcers are among the most commonly cited survey deficiencies and are also one of the leading causes of nursing home litigation. In some states, jury awards against facilities that fail to prevent or treat pressure ulcers have exceeded tens of millions of dollars. However, with a proper prevention program in place, most pressure ulcers are preventable. According to federal regulations, nursing homes must ensure that an individual who is admitted without pressure ulcers does not develop pressure ulcers while being cared for at the facility. Federal regulations also say that if a resident develops a pressure ulcer while in the facility, the resident must receive the necessary treatment to promote healing and to ensure that another one does not occur. The skills of a CNA play a key role in helping to prevent pressure ulcers and in making sure that a facility’s pressure ulcer prevention program is successful.

The purpose of this revised and updated program is to review the basic skills that a CNA needs to know to help prevent pressure ulcers.

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

  • Identify residents who are at risk for developing pressure ulcers
  • Identify areas of the body where pressure ulcers may develop
  • List the basic skills that a nurse aide needs to know to help prevent pressure ulcers
  • Describe the appearance of a pressure ulcer in its early stages

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The Nursing Assistant: Range of Motion Exercises

Product code: CNA710    Copyright © 2014
    

Overview:

Maintaining the full range of joint motion for individuals immobilized for prolonged periods of time is an essential part of the recovery process and improving overall health. This requires a regular program of range of motion exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent complications associated with prolonged immobility such as decreased peripheral circulation, skin breakdown, and contractures. This program demonstrates and describes the important skills necessary for nursing assistants to competently perform range of motion exercises.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to perform range of motion exercises for:
  • The head, neck, and spine
  • The upper extremities: shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers
  • The pelvis and lower extremities: hips, knees, ankles, toes

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The Nursing Assistant: Recognizing Reporting Changes in a Residents Mental Condition

Product code: CNA729R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Being alert to mental changes and reporting them is an important part of a frontline caregiver’s responsibilities. Mental changes may signal an immediate threat to a resident’s health or well-being. Changes or a decline in mental condition can make a resident more difficult to care for as well as place the resident at a higher risk for falls or other types of accidents. Because CNAs spend the most time with residents, they are most likely to notice changes in a resident’s mental condition. The changes that a caregiver reports are an important first step in getting the help that a resident needs. Taking this first step may even turn out to be a lifesaving action.

This revised and updated program will help CNAs recognize changes in a resident’s mental condition. It will review four basic types of mental changes, including depression, behavior problems, cognitive impairment and delirium.

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

  • Describe signs of depression
  • Give examples of behavior problems and cognitive impairment
  • Describe signs of delirium
  • Describe the action that should be taken after observing a change in a resident’s mental condition

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The Nursing Assistant: Recognizing and Reporting Changes in a Residents Physical Condition

Product code: CNA728R-DVD    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Recognizing and reporting changes in a resident’s physical condition, such as loss of appetite or skin breakdown, is the key to preventing a potential problem from becoming worse. Because nurse aides are in close contact with residents every day, they are the ones most likely to notice when the residents’ physical condition changes or begins to decline. Failure to report changes can lead to litigation, survey deficiencies or charges of neglect and abuse. The changes that a caregiver reports can be used to make necessary adjustments to a resident’s care plan.

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

  • Describe what action to take when changes in a resident’s condition are recognized
  • Describe physical changes in each of these areas:
    • 
Food and fluid intake

    • Skin condition

    • Bowel and bladder habits

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    The Nursing Assistant: Resident Rights

    Product code: CNA724R    Copyright © 2014
        


    Overview:
    When a nursing home admits a resident, the facility and its staff become responsible for the person’s safety and well-being. The facility is required by law to protect a resident’s rights and provide quality care. The purpose of this revised and updated program is to provide a basic understanding of resident rights.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • Introduction to resident rights
    • The right to privacy and free choice
    • Personal possessions and protection of personal funds
    • Access and visitation
    • Grievances and notification of changes
    • The right to be free of abuse & neglect
    • The right to quality care
    • Assisting residents in activities of daily living

    Objectives:
    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
    • Give 3 examples of a resident’s right to privacy
    • Give an example of a resident’s right to chose
    • Define abuse and neglect and give examples of each
    • Give an example of the unnecessary use of restraints
    • Describe quality care

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    The Nursing Assistant: Safe Transfer

    Product code: CNA733R    Copyright © 2014
        


    Overview:
    Understanding how to transfer a resident safely can reduce the risk of falls and other accidents. In some cases, a mechanical lift should be used for the safe transfer of residents who are heavy or who are in a weakened state and have little or no mobility. It is important that residents have confidence in your ability to transfer them safely and without injury. You should always take into account a resident’s physical and mental condition. Some may have enough strength and mobility to assist in their own transfer, while others may not. Patience and gentleness can help ease a resident’s fears.

    This revised and updated program will demonstrate how to transfer a resident safely while preventing injury to the caregiver. It will discuss how caregivers can protect themselves from back strain or muscle pulls by using good body mechanics, and demonstrate this through examples of different types of transfers using a gait belt.

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

    • List four major principles of good body mechanics
    • Give an example of how to use a gait belt to transfer a resident
    • Describe how to use a gait belt to help a resident walk
    • Describe what may happen if a resident is lifted beneath the arms
    • Explain when a mechanical assist device should be used
    • Describe the action that should be taken a change or a decline in a resident’s mental or physical condition is noticed

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    The Nursing Assistant: Serving a Meal

    Product code: CNA709    Copyright © 2014
        

    Overview:

Eating nutritious meals is an important and basic necessity for maintaining physical and emotional health. Some residents cannot feed themselves due to weakness, paralysis and other physical limitations and will need assistance at mealtime. This program presents techniques of serving a meal to both those who can eat independently, and those who require assistance. It includes ensuring that the correct meal is being served, and preparing an environment to make mealtime a pleasant experience.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Serve a meal to a person who eats independently
  • Identify and describe the use of assistive devices a person may use to eat a meal
  • Serve a meal to a person who cannot eat independently
  • Describe techniques for feeding a dependent person that help prevent choking
  • Describe steps that can be taken to encourage eating

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The Nursing Assistant: Techniques in Bathing: The Bed Bath

Product code: CNA714A    Copyright © 2014
    

Overview:

Because of its many benefits, providing a bed bath is an important skill nursing assistants need to master to provide competent care to residents. Bed baths are given to individuals who cannot be transported to a bathtub or shower. It promotes cleanliness, comfort and a sense of well-being for the individual who is dependent upon caregivers. It also provides the resident with mild exercise, provides an opportunity for close observation of skin conditions, enhances circulation, and helps prevent pressure sores.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to:
  • Describe the steps for providing a bed bath
  • Identify a safe temperature for water when providing a bed bath

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The Nursing Assistant: Techniques in Bathing: Tub Bath, Shower, Shampoo and Perineal Care

Product code: CNA714B    Copyright © 2014
    

Overview:

For residents who can be transported, providing a tub bath or shower, along with shampooing and perineal care are important skills nursing assistants need to master. Routine bathing is essential for promoting cleanliness, comfort, and a sense of well-being for the individual who is dependent upon caregivers. It also provides the resident with mild exercise, provides an opportunity for close observation of skin conditions, enhances circulation, and helps prevent pressure sores.

Objectives:

:After watching this program viewers should be able to:
  • Provide perineal care
  • Provide a tub bath
  • Provide a shower
  • Shampoo a resident’s hair

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The Nursing Assistant: Techniques in Toileting and Incontinent Care

Product code: CNA708    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Toileting is an important skill nursing assistants need to develop to provide sensitive and supportive care to individuals that lessens the embarrassment and discomfort of this important task. This program demonstrates the techniques to assist with this very private but necessary personal activity.

Objectives:

After watching this program viewers should be able to:
  • Offer a bedpan or urinal
  • Assist with use of a portable bedside commode
  • Assist an individual when using the toilet
  • Change incontinent briefs
  • Assist with bowel and bladder training

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The Nursing Assistant: Transfer and Ambulation Skills

Product code: CNA704    Copyright © 2013
    

Overview:

Care providers must often assist persons with impaired mobility to walk, move to wheelchairs, toilets and beds. But to protect yourself and those you are providing care to, the nursing assistant must master the skills needed for transfer and ambulation.

Medcom’s Nursing Assistant program on transfer and ambulation has been completely revised and updated, yet continues to provide clear descriptions and demonstrations of common and important transfer techniques.

Objectives:

This program will demonstrate:
  • Pivot transfer from bed to wheelchair and back
  • Pivot transfer from wheelchair to toilet and back
  • Two-person lift from bed to wheelchair
  • Transfer using a mechanical lift
  • Assisting with ambulation
  • Preventing injury during a fall

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The Nursing Assistant: Understanding Caring for Residents with Depression

Product code: CNA722R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Research shows that depression among nursing homes residents is under-recognized and under-treated. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a serious medical illness that “negatively affects the way a person thinks, feels and acts.” Although depression is often thought of as a psychological or emotional reaction to stressful experiences, it may also affect a person’s physical health as well. Caring for depressed residents requires sensitivity and an understanding of what they are experiencing.

This revised and updated program provides caregivers with an understanding of depression and its impact on the lives of elderly individuals. It also describes ways in which caregivers can assist residents who may be experiencing depression.

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

  • Define depression
  • List 4 stressful, life-changing experiences that that may lead to depression among the elderly
  • Describe at least 3 signs of depression that should be reported
  • Give an explanation of why some elderly individuals are uncomfortable or reluctant to admit they are struggling with depression.
  • Describe at least 3 ways in which caregivers can create an environment of well-being for depressed residents

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The Nursing Assistant: Understanding Abuse and Neglect

Product code: CNA721R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Frail health and mental impairments can leave a nursing home resident powerless against abusive behavior and neglect. Situations in which residents are physically or emotionally mistreated usually take place when a caregiver becomes angry or impatient, or tries to control a resident by force. When a nursing home admits a resident, the facility and its staff become responsible for his or her safety and well-being.

This revised and updated program provides caregivers with an understanding of what constitutes abusive and neglectful behavior. We will also discuss some of the signs indicating that a resident may have been the victim of mistreatment.

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

  • Define abuse and neglect
  • Describe examples of abuse and neglect
  • Describe misuse of restraints
  • Describe an example of the misuse of a resident’s personal property
  • Describe the action that should be taken when a CNA notice signs that a resident may have been abused or neglected

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The Nursing Assistant: Understanding Skin Breakdown

Product code: CNA730R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
For a frail, elderly nursing home resident, skin breakdown may lead to illness and depression. If a pressure ulcer develops, it places the resident at a higher risk for infections, and in some cases it may be life threatening. To protect residents who are at risk for skin breakdown, a facility should a have skin care program. In this program, a resident’s skin condition should be assessed and monitored on a continual basis. The resident’s care plan will indicate what actions you need to take to care for the resident’s skin and help in the prevention of skin breakdown.

This revised and updated program provides CNAs with a basic understanding of how skin breakdown occurs and offers examples of the skills CNAs need in helping to care for residents with fragile skin. Topics include:

  • Structure & function of the skin
  • Factors contributing to skin breakdown
  • Skills needed to help prevent skin breakdown include, skin inspection cleansing, moisturizing and protecting & turning and repositioning

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe at least three important functions of the skin
  • Give three examples of factors that contribute to skin breakdown
  • List three examples of skin care that may be needed to prevent skin breakdown
  • Describe the action that should be taken when a change in a resident’s skin condition is noticed

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The Nursing Assistant: Wandering and Elopement

Product code: CNA720R    Copyright © 2014
    


Overview:
Wandering is a behavior commonly found among nursing home residents with dementia. Wandering is often a sign that a resident needs help. Open communication is a first step to finding an answer. Understanding what is causing a resident to wander places you in a better position to assist the person.

This program revised and updated program describes ways that caregivers can assist wandering residents and help prevent them from eloping. It also presents some of the more common factors that may trigger a resident to wander or attempt to leave the facility.

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

  • Describe 3 examples of how dementia can affect a resident’s mental functioning
  • List 3 triggers that may cause a resident to wander
  • Describe 3 examples of actions a caregiver can take to help a wandering resident
  • Describe an example of an action a caregiver can take to prevent a resident from eloping
  • Describe behaviors indicating that a resident may be at risk for elopement

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Understanding Restorative Care Part 1: Introduction to Restorative Care

Product code: CNA735A    Copyright © 2012
    

Series Overview:

The purpose of this series is to serve as a Restorative Care training and educational resource. The focus is on the role of RNAs; however, the information in this program can also serve as a training resource for other staff as well. The educational approach used in this series is peer-to-peer instruction. This means you will hear from healthcare professionals who have been involved with successful Restorative Care Programs. Their experience can provide insight and examples of how a program works and its benefits. We will also show real-life examples of how the care that an RNA provides can be life-changing for a resident.

Overview:

The goal of restorative care nursing is to promote greater functioning and independence for the resident, which in turn can restore their hope, dignity, and well-being. To achieve this, it is important to develop a Restorative Care Program that addresses the resident's individual needs. This program guides RNAs on developing a care plan using MDS 3.0 guidelines that structure the program into two categories: Technique, such as range of motion and splinting, and Training & Skills Practice, such as walking, eating, communication, and grooming.

The program also describes the responsibilities and skills required of the Restorative Nurse Aide, Program Coordinator, and Skilled Therapists. Each one plays a valuable role in providing optimal restorative care to the resident.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • List some of the basic goals of restorative care
  • Describe the duties of a restorative care program coordinator
  • Give examples of restorative care practices performed by an RNA
  • Give examples of causes that may result in a loss or decline in functioning
  • Give examples of residents who may qualify for restorative care
  • Describe some of the main benefits of a restorative care program

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Understanding Restorative Care Part 2: Getting a Resident Started

Product code: CNA735B    Copyright © 2012
    

Series Overview:

The purpose of this series is to serve as a Restorative Care training and educational resource. The focus is on the role of RNAs; however, the information in this program can also serve as a training resource for other staff as well. The educational approach used in this series is peer-to-peer instruction. This means you will hear from healthcare professionals who have been involved with successful Restorative Care Programs. Their experience can provide insight and examples of how a program works and its benefits. We will also show real-life examples of how the care that an RNA provides can be life-changing for a resident.

Overview:

As every resident is different, it is essential to properly assess their needs and determine when and how they should get started on a Restorative Care Program that best fits them. Through several examples from MDS 3.0, this program discusses the common ways a person may enter a Restorative Care Program, and explains how the Program Coordinator, with inputs from other restorative care team members, can conduct the necessary screenings to ensure the resident starts on a program at the appropriate level.

Once a resident’s Restorative Care Program is started, the person’s condition and progress is measured, documented and regularly assessed. This program shows RNAs how to keep accurate, clear and complete documentation, focusing in particular on the Restorative care plan, Activities Sheet and flowchart.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • List several ways that a resident can be referred to restorative care
  • List several ways that a resident can be started on a program
  • What is the purpose of documentation
  • What is the purpose of a restorative care plan
  • What type of information appears in a resident's restorative care plan
  • What is the purpose of an RNAs activities sheet
  • What information typically appears on an RNAs activities sheet

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Understanding Restorative Care Part 3: Restorative Care Practices

Product code: CNA735C    Copyright © 2012
    

Series Overview:

The purpose of this series is to serve as a Restorative Care training and educational resource. The focus is on the role of RNA's; however, the information in this program can also serve as a training resource for other staff as well. The educational approach used in this series is peer-to-peer instruction. This means you will hear from healthcare professionals who have been involved with successful Restorative Care Programs. Their experience can provide insight and examples of how a program works and its benefits. We will also show real-life examples of how the care that an RNA provides can be life-changing for a resident.

Overview:

As the front-line caregiver, RNA's need to have a great level of understanding of what level of assistance the resident requires, and what they are capable of achieving on their own--and provide the right amount of care accordingly. This program provides real-life examples of Restorative Care practices, including motivation & guidance, transfer & ambulation, range of motion, splinting, feeding assistance, and assistance with ADL's. It also discusses methods and approaches for assisting individuals with Ambulation and Range of Motion.

Objective

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Name at least 3 levels of assistance that may be given to a resident to help with ambulation
  • Describe how restorative care practices can help a resident function more independently
  • Name 3 types of range of motion exercises
  • Explain the goal of range of motion exercises
  • Describe the purpose of splinting
  • Give an example of how to assist a resident with self-feeding

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