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Acute Care Skills for Nursing Assistants (NAHA 1900)

Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 2.00
Lab Credits: 1.00

Description: This course builds on the knowledge, skills and procedures learned in the basic, federally mandated nursing assistant curriculum and provides preparation for employment in acute-care settings. You will participate in the on-campus classroom and skills lab and attend a supervised clinical experience in a hospital. Please see Programs and Credentials pages in catalog for other course requirements. Must be taken Pass/Fail.

Topical Outline:

1. Characteristics of a successful hospital based nursing assistant

2. Job description of the hospital nursing assistant to describe specific skills

3. Discuss communication skills needed to meet the psychosocial needs of the hospitalized patient

4. Organizational skills to include critical thinking

5. Stress management for healthcare worker

6. Hospital clinical expectations

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss qualities of a hospital nursing assistant
2. Demonstrate various skills performed by hospital nursing assistants
3. Discuss time management
4. Describe critical thinking
5. Discuss personal health strategies


Successful completion of NAHA 1819 or NAHA 1850, and current Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registration. Clear background check.