Certified Nurse Aide
This course is designed to help the student gain knowledge in physiological, social and psychological areas that affect the aging population. You will be presented with a core theory including communication, role of the nursing assistant in health care institutions, legal aspects, physical, social and emotional needs of the elderly and safety.
In the clinical area, you will develop skills in care of the elderly patient in a health care institution, including assistance with activities of daily living, meeting emotional, social and spiritual needs, and admission and discharge of patients.
This course is intended to:
- help the student understand the aging process and how it takes place
- help the student understand the needs of patients with some of the disease conditions common to older people
- help the student understand the role of the geriatric nursing assistant in a health care facility
- help the student develop skills necessary to safely assist elderly patients in meeting their needs, including the dying patient
- help the student in developing interpersonal skills in providing care to clients with multiple special needs
This program consists of 6 total credits; 30 classroom hours; 64 (nursing home) clinical hours; and 56 lab hours. At the completion of the program, class participants who successfully complete all course requirements will recieve an Acknowledgement of Achievement.
Attendance is mandatory. In order to achieve the above 150 hours, 100% attendance is expected at all class and lab sessions. Any unexcused clinical time or more than 8 excused clinical hours may result in an unsatisfactory grade. A student who must be absent, must call the clinical instructor and the clinical agency prior to the beginning of the experience. Any student who is absent from a test is required to notify the instructor prior to the test and arrange a make-up test prior to the next scheduled class. Any student failing to do so will receive a zero on the missed test.
This program follows the guidelines established for the nursing students. You are responsible for all of your activities as you come in direct contact with any nursing home resident, even though you are not a presently licensed nursing assistant.
DSLCC does maintain insurance on its students, but you are an individual who is legally and financially accountable should a resident become injured or suffers a loss because of your negligence.
Should an illness or accident occur to you while you are participating in this program, the college and/or nursing home is not responsible for your medical care. Any lab work and/or x-rays that may be required as a result of this illness or injury suffered must be assumed by you. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your own health insurance.