Exceptionally comprehensive, affordable, and user-friendly, this book focuses on the nursing assistant's role and responsibilities in health care as it is being practiced today in diverse areas of the health care delivery system. It incorporates both tried-and-true standards and recent changes in procedures and philosophies, and focuses throughout on a holistic, humanistic, restorative approach and cultural awareness. Extensively illustrated—yet uncluttered—it features simple language, boxed Procedures and Guidelines, an anatomy and physiology insert, and thought-provoking, interactive questions, case studies, and review questions, especially useful for preparing for competency tests. The Role of the Nursing Assistant. Ethical and Legal Considerations. Infection Control. Communicable Diseases. Safety and Accident Prevention. First Aid and Emergency Care. Communication Skills. Communicating with Coworkers. Anatomy and Physiology. Common Health Problems. Life Cycle. Basic Needs of Patients. Rehabilitation and Restorative Care. The Patient's Unit. Bedmaking. Admissions, Transfers, and Discharge. Moving and Positioning. Ambulation and Exercise. Personal care and Hygiene. Measuring Vital Signs. Nutrition and Fluids. Elimination. Special Care and Procedures. The Geriatric Patient. The Dying Patient. Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. The Patient with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection. The Surgical Patient. Maternal and Child Health. Subacute Care. The Home Health Aide. Homemaking Skills. Employability Skills. Surveys and Accreditation. For Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Patient Care Assistants, ALF Caregivers, and LPNs. Previously announced in 7/02 catalog.