This course will focus on providing nursing assistants with the basics of caring for the person with rehabilitation needs. Common diagnoses found in the adult population will be reviewed along with appropriate patient care techniques. This course will also introduce the following topics: ambulation, transfers, bed mobility, assistive devices and adaptive equipment, wheelchair management, continuous passive motion machine use, prosthetics and orthotics, therapeutic exercise and its indications, positioning and range of motion. Observations within a rehabilitation setting are encouraged, but not required. This course will also prepare the certified nursing assistant for future course work in preparation for a career as a restorative nursing aide and/or a rehabilitation aide.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Define rehabilitation in a health care setting.
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of the members of the rehabilitation team.
- Understand the general symptoms and physical issues for persons with general medical, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, neurological and mental health/cognitive conditions.
- Define and be able to articulate physical precautions for various disease states.
- Define and be able to articulate the ability to safely assist persons using adaptive equipment or assistive devices as needed.
- Identify and demonstrate the basic phases of gait and ambulation.
- Define and be able to articulate all movement patterns (gait, transfers, bed mobility) for safe patient care.
- Define and be able to articulate proper use and application or prosthetics or orthotics.
- Define and be able to articulate proper positioning techniques (bed, chair, wheelchair).
- Be able to list basic dining practice and protocols including the definition of dysphagia and special diets.
- Identify the risk factors associated with falls in the older adult population.
- Define and be able to articulate the appropriate procedures for range of motion.
- Define and list the indications and contraindications for therapeutic exercise for adults and older adults with a variety of disease states.
- List the roles and responsibilities of a restorative nursing assistant and a rehabilitation aide in a health care setting.
- Describe the documentation necessary for appropriate activity of daily living performance for persons in a rehabilitation setting.
- List Customer service and satisfaction interventions and best practices.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Weekly Discussions/Journals (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 5)
Case Studies (Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Final Exam (Week 8)
|Note: There is an optional extra credit opportunity offered in Week 6. See Blackboard for details.|
(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)
- Acello, Barbara. Restorative Care: Fundamentals for Certified Nursing Assistants. 1st ed. Delmar Cengage Learning, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0-827-38141-4
- Sorrentino, Sheila. Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants. 6th ed. Mosby, Affiliate of Elsevier, St. Louis, MO, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0-323-02580-5
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Topic: Rehabilitation: The Team and Their Roles
Topics: Musculoskeletal, Integumentary and Special Needs Conditions
|Topics: Neurological, Psychosocial and Behavioral Issues|
Topic: Cardiopulmonary & Bowel and Bladder Disorders
|Topic: Movement and Function: What the Nursing Assistant Should Know|
|Topic: Movement and Function: What the Nursing Assistant Should Know (cont'd) |
|Topic: Nutrition and Hydration|
Topic: Customer Service, Culture Change and Careers
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.