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Areas of Study | | NURS108 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Employment Skills for CNA
DIVISION:Adult Education

This course is designed to provide practical information to students concerning the career of the Certified Nurse Assistant profession and to determine if this is the career path they wish to take.


This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the requirements of the CNA course.
  • Identify available health care facilities and agencies in the community.
  • Understand ethics as it pertains to appearance, both physical, emotional, and conduct.
  • Understand the importance of written application and job interview.
  • Complete a written application correctly.
  • Recognize appropriate appearance for job interview, dress and hygiene.
  • Become aware of questions that may be asked at interview and responses.
  • Motivate student to give good patient care.
  • Increase knowledge of patient needs.

A. Requirements for becoming a CNA
  1. Employment skills 20 hours
  2. Class room and lab 99 hours
  3. Clinical instruction 40 hours
  4. Competency testing
    a. skills during clinical
    b. written - on completion of class room and clinical

B. Health care facilities available for employment
  1. Hospitals
  2. Home health, specific agencies
  3. Clinics
  4. Nursing Home

C. Discussion of ethics and how it pertains to the CNA
  1. Definition of ethics
  2. Personal health
  3. Following directions
  4. Dress
  5. Confidentiality
  6. Legal involvement
  7. Spiritual aspects
  8. Tipping
  9. Reporting to work
  10. Loyalty
  11. Manners
  12. Obeying rules
  13. Respecting property
  14. Probation
  15. Honesty
  16. Co-workers
  17. Employer
  18. Promptness
  19. Resident rights
  20. Family and visitors
  21. Resignation

D. Written Application
  1. Apply in person
  2. When applying go alone
  3. Complete application at the facility
  4. Complete a written application correctly
    a. Spelling and penmanship
    b. Complete application
    c. References
      1. Have names, addresses, and telephone numbers ready
      2. Do not rely on memory as for telephone book
    d. Be prepared to write a short statement about yourself

E. Job Interview
  1. Be on time
  2. Appearance
    a. Dress
    b. Hygiene
  3. Make eye contact and smile
  4. Know interviewers name and use it
  5. Stand and shake hands at beginning and end of interview
  6. Body language
  7. Questions that may be asked and how to respond
  8. Proof of education
  9. Positive attitude
  10. Questions applicant may ask
    a. Hours and days expected to work
    b. Benefits
    c. Time frame
    d. Probationary period
  11. Salary
    a. Allow employer to bring up salary
    b. Be flexible
  12. Thank interviewer at completion of interview
  13. Mock interview followed by critique

F. Tour
  1. Offices
  2. Activities
  3. Physical Therapy
  4. Laundry
  5. Clean and dirty utility rooms
  6. Dining room
  7. Break room
  8. Supply rooms
  9. Linen rooms
  10. Patient rooms

G. Requirement of Employment
  1. Education
  2. Time schedule
  3. Physical Exam
  4. Probationary period
  5. In-services
  6. Orientation

H. Benefits
  1. Medical insurance
  2. Vacation
  3. Sick leave
  4. Wages
  5. Continuing education

I. Patient Care
  1. Activities of daily living
  2. Incontinence
  3. Transfers
  4. Positioning
  5. Vital signs
  6. Nail care

J. Patient Rights
  1. Privacy
  2. Verbal/Physical abuse
  3. Tipping
  4. Confidentiality
  5. Humanistic care

K. Rules and regulations
  1. Illness
  2. Grounds for dismissal
  3. Resignation
  4. Organization chart
  5. Attending in-services

L. Assign and introduce student to CNA

M. Student will shadow CNA while:
  1. Getting supplies
  2. All aspects of patient care
  3. Charting
  4. Reporting to the supervisor
  5. Taking vital signs

N. Questions and answer time at completion of job shadowing

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