Never before has there been a greater need for nurses.
Never before has health care delivery challenged the nurse's commitment, knowledge, or
technical competence more. Issues influencing current health-care delivery focus on
promoting wellness, preventing illness, and rehabilitation to increase the patient's
independence. This course presents the theory and concepts that a person beginning their
study of nursing will need to know in order to develop the knowledge and competence
demanded by the complexity of the changing health care system.
Here is your chance to learn and develop your skills as
LPN, practical nurse, nurses aide, or other professional caregiver.
Begin by selecting one of these major topics of study:
About This Course
This is the second edition (version 2.2) of our most
popular nursing course.
The purpose of this course is an overview of patient
relations including basic human needs, communication skills, stress and hospitalization,
and transcultural factors influencing nursing care; the adult patient care unit; advanced
principles of patient hygiene; body mechanics; positioning and ambulating the adult
patient; and medical isolation.
As a member of the health-care team, the practical nurse
participates in assessing the patient's physical status, in meeting the patient's
nutritional needs, in preparing the patient for diagnostic and surgical procedures, and in
teaching the patient self-care. So this course also presents theory and concepts that the
practical nurse should know in order to assist in patient evaluation and function as a
team leader in the health-care environment
This e-text has been adapted and optimized for online
learning by David L. Heiserman, SweetHaven Publishing Services, LLC. Original
content by Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, TX.