Debra Wertheimer, MD
$150 Purchase Price
The Geriatric Nursing Assistant: Most Important Eyes
The vital role and responsibilities of the nursing assistant are documented in this video filmed in a nursing home. In a series of interviews, several nursing assistants explain that because they have the on-going daily contact with residents they effectively act as “the eyes” of the health professional team. As the “eyes” of the team, they’re always looking for physical, emotional and cognitive changes.
They look for skin breakdown, beginning of pressure sores and changes in vital signs, appetite, sleep patterns and activity level. Emotional and cognitive change,as well as, sudden onset of confusion is also on their radar. As any of these changes can indicate a significant health problem or a poor response to a newly prescribed medication, nursing assistants need to know each resident well. The team depends on their ability to observe these changes and to report them.
This DVD provides the opportunity for peer to peer training, with nursing assistants sharing specific details on the importance of their role and what changes they must observe as they provide daily care.
Topics: nursing assistant’s role, observing change, documenting and reporting change
Audience: students in nursing assistant training programs; nursing assistants in long term care and assisted living.
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