Welcome to Nurse Assisting/Health Skills

  • Teacher:  Mrs. Kathleen Klemens, RN
    Contact Information:  kklemens@nasboces.org

    Healthcare careers are in great demand in the 21st century. Students in this course will develop the skills and understanding needed to care for patients/residents in various healthcare facilities. They will be able to apply the skills learned in a supervised clinical setting, taking their first step on the career ladder of the nursing profession. The nursing assistant’s responsibilities are centered around all bedside care under the direction of the registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).
    Student nursing assistants will learn patient care skills, infection control principles, safety measures and proper communication techniques, as well as the proper use of all types of equipment used in healthcare facilities. Students will learn about the human body and how to care for patients/residents with various medical conditions. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will be taught as well as organizational and time management skills. Students will learn about diversity in the workplace, and how to treat patients/residents with respect and dignity. Students will learn basic nursing care as well as specialized care (e.g., care to patients/residents with sensory impairments and speech impediments, as well as changes in nutritional needs.)

    After 2 years students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to take the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) exam.