This course is designed to introduce you to the nursing assistant profession and prepare you for the Texas State Nursing Certification Examinations. Over the next 4-week period, we will explore the role of the nursing assistant; learn about medical terminology, how the body works, and how to care for people with medical conditions and disabilities. You will learn in the traditional classroom, in hands-on lab situations, and in providing care to actual patients/residents at a healthcare facility during the clinical phase.
The classes cover a comprehensive range of topics such as how to bathe a patient, position properly body mechanics for lifting and transferring patients. Also, topics such as recognizing depression, dealing with dementia, infection control issues, and perineal care. There is much to learn, so classroom time is partly lecture and part hands on skills training. The clinical aspect is 40 hours and the student will be assisnged a clinical externship at a long-term care facility to master all the skills you are taught during your lecture and skills training.