Students learn to feed, bathe, and dress patients, make beds, take vital signs, observe and report any changes and/or concerns of the residents, provide comfort, and communicate effectively with the residents and other medical providers.
Competencies covered in this program include the following:
- Role & Function of Nurse Aide
- Communication Skills
- Infection Control
- Resident’s Rights/Independence
- Identify and Report Conditions of Body Systems
- Resident’s Environment
- Personal Care Skills
- Caring for the Resident when Death is Imminent
- Restorative Care
- Behavioral Health and Social Service Needs
- Care of Cognitively Impaired Residents
Healthcare facilities expect employees to be aware of the professional atmosphere of their business. A mature, professional attitude is required for a successful Nurse Aide trainee. Confidentiality, medical ethics, empathy, and a caring attitude are important qualities of each employee.
The Nurse Aide program is approved through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Graduates of the Nurse Aide program are prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam. Successfully passing this exam places the individual on the PA Nurse Aide Registry, allowing the individual to work in any Long Term Care facility in Pennsylvania.