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Section I: THE LONG-TERM CARE SETTING. 1. The Long-Term Care Facility. 2. The Caregivers. 3. The Nursing Assistant in Long-Term Care. Section II: COMMUNICATION SKILLS. 4. Communication and Interpersonal Skills. 5. The Language of Health Care. 6. Observation, Documentation, and Reporting. Section III: PROTECTING RESIDENTS' RIGHTS AND SAFETY. 7. Residents' Rights. 8. Safety. 9. Emergencies. 10. Infection. 11. Infection Control. Section IV: CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENT. 12. The Long-Term Care Resident. 13. The Psychosocial Aspects of Aging. 14. Alternative and Culturally-Based Behaviors. Section V: MEETING THE RESIDENTS' BASIC NEEDS. 15. Care of the Residents' Environment. 16. Caring for the Residents' Personal Hygiene. 17. Meeting the Residents' Nutritional Needs. 18. Meeting the Residents' Elimination Needs. Section VI: SPECIAL NURSING ASSISTANT ACTIVITIES. 19. Measuring and Recording Residents' Data. 20. Admission, Transfer, and Discharge. 21. Warm and Cold Applications. Section VII: INTRODUCTION TO RESTORATIVE CARE. 22. Restorative Care of the Resident. 23. Restoring Residents' Mobility. Section VIII: RESIDENTS WITH SPECIFIC DISORDERS. 24. Caring for Residents with Cardiovascular System Disorders. 25. Caring for Residents with Respiratory System Disorders. 26. Caring for Residents with Endocrine System Disorders. 27. Caring for Residents with Reproductive System Disorders. 28. Caring for Residents with Musculoskeletal System Disorders. 29. Caring for Residents with Nervous System Disorders. Section IX: RESIDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. 30. Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. 31. Caring for Residents with Developmental Disabilities. 32. Caring for the Dying Resident. 33. Caring for the Person in Sub-Acute Care. Section X: EMPLOYMENT. 34. Caring for the Person in the Home Setting. 35. Seeking Employment. Glossary. Index.

About the Author

Leann Miller is a consultant with more than two decades of teaching experience in health care settings. Her consulting practice with long-term and sub-acute facilities focuses on helping clients meet regulatory and clinical compliance requirements. Formerly a health sciences instructor at Kirkwood Community College, she has served as a Clinical Instructor in the Nurse Aide Program and nurse educator in the 75-hour Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Mary Jo Mirlenbrink Gerlach, RN, MSN Ed is a retired nurse educator from the Medical College of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where she received the Outstanding Faculty Award for three years. Her experience also includes serving as Nurse Consultant and Program Director of the Certified Nurse's Aide (CNA) Program at Family Life Enrichment Centers, Inc. in High Shoals, Georgia. A graduate of the College of St. Joseph, where she was named a Distinguished Alumni Nurse Leader, Ms. Mirlenbrink Gerlach is also a member of the American Nurses Association and Georgia Nurses Association.

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