A History of Care: Nursing in America (06:00)Progressing from the late 18th century to the present day, this program offers a capsule summary of nursing in America. The tireless work of the U.S. Army and Navy nursing corps, the American Red Cross, and the countless nurses affiliated with hospitals and other organizations is celebrated while honoring the courage and self-sacrifice of those who put themselves in harm’s way in order to help the helpless. Dorothea Dix, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Clara Maass, Lillian Wald, and Lavinia Dock are only a few of the nurses singled out by history.
Improving Your Observation and Documentation Skills in Nursing (28:00)Careful observation is vital to being an effective part of a health care team, helping all team members provide better care for the client and ensuring a reliable medical record. This program focuses on knowing how to make good objective observations, gathering the client’s subjective input, and reporting and recording all pertinent information. It shows how to use sight, hearing, smell, and touch; interpret body language; and document observations correctly. Nursing assistants and home health aides will learn how to become more generally attuned to client needs and more familiar with the Patient’s Bill of Rights—making care of the client more effective and rewarding.
Improving Your Rehabilitative Nursing Skills (23:00)The aim of rehabilitative nursing is to assist the patient with overcoming disability and chronic illness in the restoration and maintenance of maximum health. That means the goal is not just caretaking, but teaching and reinforcing positive self-awareness so that the resident can live as independently as possible. Exploring the reasons why optimal wellness is critical regardless of disability or illness, this program examines the importance of self-care with the support of nursing assistance and adaptive devices, identifies steps for ensuring proper food and liquid intake, and reviews effective moving, positioning, and handling techniques, especially for patients who have long-term limits to their mobility.
Nurses at Risk (51:37)The demands of nursing can affect an individual physically, mentally, and emotionally. This program is designed to teach nursing staff members how to cope with the unique demands of their duties, examining specific stressors and highlighting strategies nurses can use to decrease the possibility of stress-related disorders. Identifying negative coping mechanisms commonly used by nursing personnel, the video discusses their health impact and describes positive stress-management techniques. Viewers learn to recognize characteristics commonly associated with a codependent personality and how those characteristics could manifest in a codependent nurse. Safety and security issues and their corresponding protective measures are also explored. Designated for 3 contact hours of continuing nursing education.
The Patient Care Nursing Team (15:00)Wherever people need wellness services, acute care for an illness or injury, or medical support when bedridden or shut-in, nurses are standing by. This video introduces students to the rewarding career of nursing, the largest health care profession in America. Incorporating interviews with working nurses from a range of medical specialties, the program describes the challenges that nurses face in a variety of work environments—including hospitals, clinics, schools, and homes—and outlines the education and licensing process that nurses must complete. The importance of organization, coping with stress, and the personal and emotional benefits of nursing are also communicated.