Nurse Assistant Training Program in San Antonio

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The Nurse Aide program is a comprehensive course designed to teach students the skills and abilities essential to the provision of basic care to patients and residents in hospitals and long term care facilities.

Graduates of this program will be able to communicate and interact effectively with patients, assist patients in attaining and maintaining maximum functional independence, while observing patient rights.  The student will learn how to perform basic first aid, CPR, take vital signs, apply the elements of basic nutrition in meal planning, and follow infection control measures.  Additionally, they will be able to apply proper body mechanics in bed making, lifting, and turning patients.

Graduates of this program may find entry-level employment as a nurse aide with hospitals, long term care facilities, home health, assisted living, doctor’s or medical office, care for mentally challenged, rehabilitation facilities, adult day care and more. At the end of the 80 clock hour course each passing student will be given a certificate of completion and scheduled for the state test to be Certified Nurses Assistants.

  • To obtain gainful employment in this field of study. This program is designed to prepare students for entry – level positions as Nurses’ Assistants in any health care setting in which their skills may be utilized. The course provides knowledge and skills practice on patient/resident communication, assistance with activities of daily living and observation for condition changes. Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared to take the Texas State Certified Nurse’s Assistant test.
  • Nurse Assistant - Course Description

    ORI-101

    Orientation

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    5.5

    0

    0

    5.5

    ORI-101 provides essential and realistic information about the school in a concise one day course. Topics include course syllabus, college grades, goal setting, time management, college policy, campus resources and activities.
    Prerequisite: NONE

    NA-101

    Introduction to Long Term Care

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    16.5

    0

    0

    16.5

    This subject introduces students to care of a long term resident and facility.  Upon completion of this subject students will be able to: 1) Discuss the role of the Nurse Assistant; 2) Recognize and prevent safety hazards and use safety measures;  3) List emergency measures and care;  4) Infection control, identify and prevent;  5) Identify residents rights and independence; 6) Describe the rules of communication and interpersonal skills 7) Taking care of you.
    Prerequisite: ORI-101 Orientation

    NA-102

    Personal Care Skills

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    11

    0

    0

    11

    Upon completion of this subject students will be able perform personal skills: 1) Perform body mechanics, positioning, and moving residents and describe the purpose; 2) Discuss the care of the resident’s environment surroundings; 3) Assisting residents with bathing, toileting, Perineal care, skin care; 4) Discuss the residents hygiene and grooming needs; 5) List the nutritional, hydration and elimination needs of the resident.
    Prerequisite: NA-101

    NA-103

    Basic Nursing Skills

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    11

    0

    0

    11

    This subject introduces students to the skills of basic nursing: 1) Promoting a restraint – proper environment;  2) Correctly take, record and report vital signs, height, and weight, 3) Observing, reporting and charting admission, transfer, and discharge of residents;  4) Describe coping with death;  5) List and recognize emergency care including foreign airway obstruction (choking) and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
    Prerequisite: NA-101, 102

    NA-104

    Restorative Services

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    5.5

    0

    0

    5.5

    This subject is devoted to instructing students in restorative skills to promote resident independence.  Students will learn how to: 1) Improve resident self-esteem; 2) Use restorative approach in all aspects of care;  3) Promote optimal physical and psychosocial wellness; 4) How to explain procedures and perform them;  5) Encourage residents;  6)  Assist residents to function independently;  7) Monitor residents progress;  8) Assist with restorative programs;  9) Assist with adaptive and assistive devices;  10) Use of prosthetic devices;  11) Maintaining range of motion.
    Prerequisite: NA101, 102, 103

    NA-105

    Mental Health & Social Service Needs

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    5.5

    0

    0

    5.5

    During this portion of the program, students learn basic human needs. They will learn how to: 1) The five basic human needs;  2) Meet your own basic needs;  3) How to respond to  resident’s appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior;  4) Human needs of the resident, 5) How to assist resident in cultural and religious practices;  6) Respond to major losses/changes associated with aging;  7) Effects of losses and changes to human needs;  8) Developmental tasks of older adults;  9) Normal psychological responses to losses/changes. 10) Care of Cognitively Impaired.
    Prerequisite: NA-101, 102, 103, 104

    NA-106

    Social Skills

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    5.5

    0

    0

    5.5

    Social Skills is an integral part of the Nurse Aides function. Students will learn how to interact with and engage patients in various social functions and learn how to interact with different cultures and impairments. 1)Hearing Impaired 2)Visually Impaired 3) Demanding 4) Self Centered individuals 5) Cognitive Impairment
    Prerequisite: NA-101, 102, 103, 104,105

    NA-107

    Lab

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    0

    13.5

    0

    13.5

    In this module the student will put into practice everything taught in lecture in a simulated patient room setting prior to the start of clinical practice.  Side by side with instructors and other students will fulfill the skills sets set by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability. i.e. 1) Transfers 2) Ambulation 3) Bedmaking…etc.
    Prerequisite: NA-101, 102, 103, 104,105,106

    NA-108

    Clinical Practice

    Lec

    Lab

    Ext

    Total

    0

    0

    48

    48

    In this module the student will put into practice everything taught in lecture and in the lab.  Side by side with employed staff, all nurses, of a long term care facility students will learn 1) Interpersonal skills with peers in the health field; 2) Direct care and communication with residents; 3) How to work under direction and independently; 4) How to take and follow nurse orders.
    Prerequisite: NA-101, 102, 103, 104,105,106,107
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  • “I am so proud of myself. I was one out of three that passed my skills test on my first try and it’s all because of my teachers at The Healthcare Institute.

    I feel that the way I was taught is really going to make a difference in the world.”

    Angelica Vargas
  • “Mr. Bill Moyer was my instructor, and I learned a lot from him.  I discovered the correct way to do things.  The clinical information is important, but you also learn to put the patient first.  Mr. Moyer was very kind, but also demanded that we do things the right way.  It was difficult, but the reward was a CNA certification and a position with St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital a month after graduation. Not everyone graduates, but those that do leave with a marketable skill. Because of Mr. Moyer and the staff, my life was changed.  It has been truly a blessing to be a part of their success.”
    Kareen Aaron