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Course Number: NUR 101
Course Title: Nursing Assistant Level 1
Credit Hours:  8
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture/Lab Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 90
Special Fee: none

Course Description

Introduces foundational knowledge and skills necessary to deliver routine patient care to residents of long term care and other care facilities. Covers personal care nursing skills, restorative services, mental health services, social needs and patient rights. Includes an introduction to anatomy and physiology. This course meets the Oregon State Board of Nursing requirements for eligibility to apply for Nursing Assistant 1 certification.

Intended Outcomes for the Course

  1. Utilize appropriate infection control measures while providing patient care, including hand hygiene, disposal of contaminated articles, and hazardous wastes.
  2. Utilize proper body mechanics and safey transfer to prevent injury to self and client.
  3. Implement basic principles of personal care, including bathing, hair care, dressing/undressing, oral care, shaving and nail care.
  4. Utilize basic communication and interpersonal skills with patients as well as staff members, family members, and other health care team members.
  5. Provide safe and effective patient care to include meeting basic needs, personal care, restorative services, mental health services, social needs and patient rights.
  6. Distinguish between personal and professional values and legal/ethical responsibilities in practice.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Lecture: online skills modules
  2. Skills practice lab with patient scenario simulation
  3. Clinical practice
  4. Clinical post-conference

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Multiple choice exams that require integration and application of material covered in online modules and in skills and clinical components of course
  2. Satisfactory completion of all quizzes with an 85% or higher
  3. Formative and summative skills lab performance evaluation
  4. Formative and final clinical performance evaluation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Role of NA and other health care team members
  2. Legal and ethical aspects of working as an NA
  3. Patient’s rights
  4. Communication with clients, families, and members of the health care team
  5. Human needs, including safety, religious, psychosocial, physical
  6. Developmental stages throughout the lifespan
  7. Infection control and prevention of transmission of disease
  8. Transferring clients, and proper body mechanics
    • Safe patient handling and body mechanics
    • Use of no-lift equipment
    • Moving, positioning and transferring patients
    • Ambulation with and without assistive devices
    • Range of motion exercise
  9. Avoiding and managing hazards as an NA, including prevention of fallsHand hygiene
  10. Vital signs
  11. Common illnesses
  12. Care of patient with common illnesses
  13. Therapeutic diets
    • Preventing dehydration
    • Feeding techniques
    • Recording intake and output
  14. Personal Care of Client
    • Bathing
    • Toileting – bladder and bowel, perineal care
    • Dressing/undressing
    • Application and care of dentures, eyeglasses, and hearing aids
    • Oral hygiene
    • Shaving and Nail care
  15. Skin Integrity
    • Maintainence of skin integrity
    • Prevention of skin ulcers.
  16. Care of cognitively impaired client
  17. Documentation of Client Care
    • Appropriate documentation of care
    • Documentation of pertinent observations
    • Deviations that must be reported immediately to others of health care team
  18. Caring for the Dying Client and Family
  19. Clinical Competencies as outlined by the Oregon State Board of Nursing for the Nursing Assistant
  20. Professional conduct in the clinical setting
  21. Transition from student nurse assistant to nursing assistant role