The online 21 days course for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to pass the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) license exam covers a range of topics related to patient care and basic nursing skills.
The course includes modules on anatomy and physiology, infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, vital signs, safety and emergency procedures, and clinical skills.
Throughout the course, students have access to quizzes, exams, and practice exercises to help them prepare for the CDPH license exam.
By completing the course, students will have the knowledge and skills needed to become a licensed CNA in California and provide high-quality care to patients in a variety of healthcare settings.
Part 1: THE NURSING ASSISTANT IN LONG-TERM CARE
- The section covers the role of a nursing assistant in long-term care facilities. The subtopics include comparing long-term care to other healthcare settings, describing a typical long-term care facility, explaining Medicare and Medicaid, describing the nursing assistant’s role, describing the care team and the chain of command, defining policies, procedures, and professionalism, listing examples of legal and ethical behavior and explaining resident’s rights, explaining legal aspects of the resident’s medical record, discussing the Minimum Data Set (MDS), and discussing incident reports.
- The section provides CNAs with an understanding of the long-term care environment, their role within the care team, and the legal and ethical considerations that come with working in this setting. The section emphasizes the importance of professionalism, communication, and understanding resident’s rights in providing high-quality care to patients.
Part 2: FOUNDATIONS of RESIDENT CARE
The section (2.0) focuses on the foundations of resident care for CNAs. The subtopics covered include understanding the importance of verbal and written communication, describing barriers to communication, listing guidelines for communicating with residents with special needs, identifying ways to promote safety and handle non-medical emergencies, demonstrating how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies, and describing and demonstrating infection prevention and control.
The section emphasizes the importance of effective communication in providing quality care to patients, and the need for CNAs to be able to handle emergencies and maintain a safe environment for patients. The section also covers infection prevention and control, an essential skill for preventing the spread of disease in a healthcare setting.
Part 3: UNDERSTANDING RESIDENTS
- This section of the course covers a range of topics related to understanding residents in long-term care. It includes an overview of basic human needs and the concept of holistic care, which emphasizes the importance of treating the whole person, including their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- The section also covers the need to promote independence and self-care, ways to accommodate cultural differences, the importance of activity, and the significance of family roles in healthcare. Additionally, the section delves into human growth and development, including developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, and end-of-life care, including the goals of a hospice program.
Part 4: BODY SYSTEMS AND RELATED CONDITIONS
This section (4.00) of the nursing assistant training manual covers different body systems and related conditions. The manual provides a description of each system and common conditions that may affect each system, including the integumentary system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, urinary system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, reproductive system, and immune and lymphatic systems.
Part 5: CONFUSION, DEMENTIA, AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
The section (5.0) focuses on confusion, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, which are common conditions among elderly patients. The subtopics covered include discussing confusion and delirium, describing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, listing strategies for better communication with residents with Alzheimer’s disease, listing and describing interventions for problems with common activities of daily living (ADLs), listing and describing interventions for common difficult behaviors related to Alzheimer’s disease, and describing creative therapies for residents with Alzheimer’s disease.
The section aims to provide CNAs with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, including communication strategies, interventions for ADLs and difficult behaviors, and creative therapies.
Part 6: PERSONAL CARE SKILLS
This section (6.0) of the course material covers personal care skills for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Subtopics include: explaining personal care of residents, identifying guidelines for providing skincare and preventing pressure injuries, describing guidelines for assisting with bathing and grooming, listing guidelines for assisting with dressing, identifying guidelines for proper oral hygiene, explaining guidelines for assisting with toileting, and explaining guidelines for safely positioning and moving residents.
These skills are important for CNAs to provide effective and safe care to patients, particularly those with limited mobility or who require assistance with daily activities.
Part 7: BASIC NURSING SKILLS
The chapter 7 of the nursing assistant manual covers basic nursing skills. It includes information on admission, transfer, and discharge of a resident, monitoring vital signs, measuring weight and height, restraints and how to promote a restraint-free environment, fluid balance and intake and output (I&O), care guidelines for urinary catheters, oxygen and IV therapy, a resident’s unit and related care, sleep and proper bedmaking, dressing, and bandages.
Part 8: NUTRITION AND HYDRATION
This section (8.0) covers topics related to nutrition and meal assistance for residents. It includes information on basic nutrients and MyPlate, factors that influence food preferences, special diets, maintaining fluid balance, preventing unintended weight loss, promoting appetites at mealtime, assisting with eating, identifying swallowing problems, and assisting residents with special needs.
The section also includes demonstrations and practical guidelines for providing assistance with eating and ensuring proper nutrition for residents with specific dietary needs.
Part 9: REHABILITATION AND RESTORATIVE CARE
Chapter 9 covers rehabilitation and restorative care. It starts with a discussion of these topics, followed by an explanation of the importance of promoting independence and how exercise can improve health. The chapter then discusses ambulation, including assistive devices and equipment. Guidelines for maintaining proper body alignment, caring for prosthetic devices, and assisting with range of motion exercises are also covered.
The chapter ends with a list of guidelines for assisting with bladder and bowel training.
Part 10: CARING FOR YOURSELF
Chapter 10.0 “Caring for Yourself” covers topics related to personal and professional development of nursing assistants. It discusses how to find a job and manage time assignments, resolve conflict, and respond to feedback. It also explains the importance of certification and continuing education for nursing assistants. The chapter also includes information on managing stress and taking care of oneself while caring for others.
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