Nursing Assistant / Aide program

Program Purpose & Description Details

The Nursing Assistant / Aide program is approved by Tennessee Department of Health. The objective of this program is to prepare students to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Upon completion of the Nursing Assistant / Aide program, the student is eligible to take the State Certification test. Passing the state certification test provides the student with the title of CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). Skills will be practiced and demonstrated daily in class. Chapter review questions will be completed, collected and graded daily including each student will receive no less than 75 clock hours of training. 18 hours of practical training will be under direct supervision of an RN. The Program Coordinator and Instructor will be an RN and hold a minimum of an Associate degree from an accredited college or university in nursing with a minimum of 2 (two) years of experience as an RN that includes a minimum of 1 (one) year experience as an RN in a nursing home. The curriculum will meet the requirements of Federal regulations for Nursing aid training programs and will include 18 hours of training in the following areas prior to any direct contact with a resident or patient:


Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• Infection control

• Safety/emergency procedures, including the Heimlich maneuver

• Promoting individuals’ rights, independence

• Respecting individuals’ rights

Basic Nursing Skills

• Taking and recording vital signs

• Measuring and recording height and weight

• Caring for the individual’s environment

• Recognizing abnormal changes in body functioning and reporting such to supervisor

• Caring for an individual when death is imminent

Personal Care Skills

• Bathing

• Dressing and Grooming, including mouth care

• Toileting

• Assisting with eating and hydration

• Proper feeding techniques

• Skin care

• Transfers, positioning, and turning

Mental Health and Social Service Needs

• Modifying aide’s behavior in response to individual’s behavior

• Awareness of developmental tasks associated with the aging process

• How to respond to the individual’s behavior

• Allowing the Individual to make personal choices, providing dignity

and reinforcing behavior consistent with the individual’s dignity

• Using the individual’s family as a source of emotional support

Care of Cognitively Impaired Individual

• Techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of an individual with dementia

• Communicating with cognitively impaired individuals

• Understanding the behavior of cognitively impaired individuals

• Appropriate responses to the behavior of cognitively impaired individuals

• Methods of reducing the effects of cognitive impairments

Basic Restorative Services

• Training individuals in self-care according to the individual’s abilities

• Use of assertive devices in transferring, ambulation, eating, and dressing

• Maintenance of range of motion

• Proper turning and positioning in bed and chair

• Bowel and bladder training

• Care and use of prosthetic orthotic devices

Resident’s Rights

• Providing privacy and maintenance of confidentiality

• Promoting the individual’s right to make personal choices to accommodate their needs

• Giving assistance in resolving grievances and disputes

• Providing needed assistance in getting to and participating in peer, family, group, and other activities

• Maintaining care and security of an individual’s personal possessions

• Promoting the individual’s rights to be free from abuse, mistreatment, and neglect and

the need to report any instances of such treatment to appropriate staff

• Avoiding the need for restraints in accordance with current professional standards


Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program the nurse aide student will:

• Have the knowledge to function at an entry-level nurse aide position.

• Define the role of the nurse aide and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

• List at least three principles of basic nursing practice as presented in class.

• Perform selected procedures according to identified criteria as presented in class.

• Measures, record and report vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure) accurately.

• Utilize beginning communication skills to interact with clients/residents, families and members of the health care team.

• Measure and record intake and output accurately, observing infection control standards.

• Demonstrate knowledge of client’s/resident’s rights under the law and the ways in which these rights may be violated.

• Administer direct client/resident care in a safe and prudent manner.

• Maintain a grade of 75% or higher on all tests.

• Attain a grade of 75% or higher on the final exam.

• Attain a rating of “Satisfactory” in lab/clinical performance.

• Maintain satisfactory attendance in classroom lecture, nursing lab and in clinical.

• Pass the Tennessee Nursing Aide Exam and obtain your certification.