Nursing Assistant Diploma

Nursing Assistant Diploma
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Nursing assistants may provide healthcare in settings such as elderly care homes, clinics, hospitals or in a patient’s own home. They are a valuable part of the medical team, and can perform a wide range of duties from monitoring vital signs to helping with feeding. This diploma course will introduce you to what being a nursing assistant is, and the skills you’ll need to develop to succeed in the role.

Nursing assistants deal with hygiene and health and safety on a daily basis, and it is their job to keep their patients and the environment in which they are in clean and safe. Learn with confidence and gain a recognised diploma.

What Does A Nursing Assistant Do?

As you work through the modules in this course you’ll be introduced to the different duties and responsibilities a nursing assistant has, and how to carry them out correctly. You will learn about feeding patients, patient handling, dealing with an emergency, and building a trusting relationship with patients.

Will This Course Help Me Get A Job As A Nursing Assistant?

The knowledge you'll gain during the ten online modules of this course can help you get a job as a nursing assistant. Towards the end of the course you’ll have some lessons in CV preparation and how to showcase the skills needed to be a nursing assistant. You’ll also pick up tips on interview techniques and where to look for nursing assistant vacancies.

Key Learning Points

Learn about the duties and responsibilities of a nursing assistant, and prepare for work in the role.

  • Learn about the job of a nursing assistant.
  • Look further into the duties of a nursing assistant.
  • Examine the structure of a healthcare team.
  • Find out which qualities make a good nursing assistant.
  • Discover what patients and families expect from nursing care.
  • Identify nursing principles and values, and how to apply them to the job.
  • Learn about different healthcare settings, including hospitals and home care.
  • Find out more about the healthcare workers' code of ethics.
  • Learn how to recognise and manage abusive behaviours.
  • Find out why cross-cultural sensitivity is important.
  • Develop greater cultural awareness and communication skills.
  • Study a two-part section on cleanliness, hygiene and infection control.
  • Learn how to control the spread of infection in a healthcare setting.
  • Discover the importance of good cleansing and sterilisation practices.
  • Find out about safe medical waste disposal.
  • Understand how to correctly lift a patient to prevent injuries.
  • Learn how to transfer a patient from bed to wheelchair, or move them in bed.
  • Look into the risk factors that apply to different health conditions.
  • Go into detail on caring for patients under restraint.
  • Learn how to prevent accidental injuries.
  • Find out what’s involved in creating a comfortable environment for patients under your care.

Advantages of the Course

  • Gain insight from instructors on a range of healthcare duties expected of a nursing assistant.
  • Learn more about the job of a nursing assistant and scenarios you may have to deal with.
  • Easy to follow modules that will teach you about specific healthcare tasks, communication skills, patients with special needs, and cultural awareness.
  • An affordable course with no entry requirements.
  • Learn more about what could be a rewarding career option.
  • Prove your interest in nursing to potential employers by achieving this diploma.
  • Learn at your own pace, at a location to suit you.
  • An ideal comprehensive training package for anyone interested in becoming a nursing assistant.

This course is CPD certified.

Introduction, Roles, Responsibilities and Duties of a Nursing Assistant
  • Introduction to the job role
  • Description of the duties and responsibilities of a nursing assistant
  • Members of a healthcare team and their functions
  • Personal qualities and attributes that help you to become a better nursing assistant
Nursing Care and Principles and Dress Code
  • Duties that lie outside the scope of responsibilities
  • Understand what patients, family and care givers can expect from nursing care
  • Understand the qualities that help you to develop as a nursing assistant
  • Identify and understand nursing values and principles that lead to the delivery of exceptional nursing services
Working in Different Healthcare Settings
  • Working in different types of healthcare settings
  • Working in acute care settings (hospitals) and sub-acute settings
  • Working in home care and long term care
  • Patient rights and ethical nursing behaviour
Patient Confidentiality, Recognising Different Forms of Abusive Behaviour and Understanding Patient Needs
  • How nursing assistants can maintain patient confidentiality
  • The five principles that govern the code of ethics for healthcare workers
  • Recognising and identifying abusive behaviours
  • Understanding human needs
Developing Cultural Sensitivity and Communication Skills
  • The importance of cross cultural sensitivity and competencies
  • How to develop cultural skills, knowledge and awareness
  • Communication skills and how to build relationships with patients
  • Body Language cues and communication tips
Infection Control, Cleanliness and Hygiene (Part I)
  • Understanding how infections can spread from one person to another
  • The role of microbes and pathogens and the chain of infection spread
  • Taking measures to help control the transfer of infection from one person to another
  • How to apply standard precautions
Infection Control, Cleanliness and Hygiene (Part II)
  • How to keep surfaces and equipment clean
  • Handling and disposal of sharps and safe medical waste disposal
  • Cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation of equipment
  • Patient isolation precautions
Good Body Mechanics: How to Lift, Push and Pull
  • Understanding the use of the correct lifting techniques and injury prevention
  • Body mechanics that protect you when you reposition patients
  • How to move a patient in bed and from the bed to a wheelchair
  • How to push a patient in a wheelchair safely and wheelchair etiquette
Understanding Risk Factors and Preventing Injuries and Accidents
  • Understanding the risk factors associated with different health conditions
  • How to prevent accidental injuries and mishaps for patients under your care
  • Accidents, complications and risk factors associated with restraints and bedrails
  • Strategies and recommendations for caring for patients under restraint
How to Maintain a Comfortable Environment and Bed-Making in Healthcare Settings
  • How to use a bedpan effectively for patients under your care
  • The importance of maintaining a comfortable environment for patients
  • Temperature control, cleanliness and noise reduction
  • How to adjust beds and the precautions required to prevent the patient from falling and sliding off the bed
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
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