Nurse Aide

NAST 1100 NURSE AIDE FUNDAMENTALS (60-75-6)
This course introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of human body systems and common disease processes.  Other topics include responding to and reporting changes in a residents /patient's condition, nutrition, vital signs; nutrition and diet therapy; disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residents condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and skills competency based on federal guidelines.   Specific topics include roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residents rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care.

NAST 1500 NURSE AIDE ACUTE CARE INTERNSHIP (15 - 45 - 2)
Prerequisite: NAST 1100
This course provides students who have completed nurse aide fundamental training with advanced knowledge, skills, and clinical application necessary for carrying out daily patient care activities in the hospital setting. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and reporting changes in the physical and cognitive conditions of hospitalized patients and assisting with specialized care of these patients. Topics include: admissions/discharges/transfers; respiratory changes, airway management and oxygen administration therapy/safety; neurological changes and seizure precautions; hypo-/hyperglycemic conditions and testing; IV therapy and central lines; allergic reactions; emergency procedures; pre- and post-operative care.