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Nursing Assistant Specialist for Elders (NASE)

The Nursing Assistant Specialist for Elders (NASE) curriculum is a challenging 84-hour advanced skills course to help the experienced nursing assistant develop advanced skills in an eldercare setting. Four-hour class sessions meet once or twice weekly to cover the curriculum. Written clinical applications and mastery tests measure students' performance throughout the course. The program ties learning objectives to advanced competencies in restorative and therapeutic care. NASE helps nursing assistants to be more effective partners on the nursing team, develops strong role models for newer nursing assistants, and promotes job satisfaction and retention among existing workers by investing in their professional development.

NASE focuses on geriatric caregiving as a specialty that requires an understanding of the many physiological changes that occur with aging. These changes increase the complexity of caring for elders. The course covers prevalent chronic diseases of elders, as well as the mental status changes that occur frequently with aging.

The Needs of Elders

  • Understanding Resident Needs
  • Meeting Specific Needs
  • Promoting Functional Independence
  • Skin Care
  • Bowel & Bladder Incontinence
  • Dignity with Living & Dying
  • Pain Management, Quality of Life & Care

Cognitive Impairment & Behavior Management

  • Mental Status, Components of Cognition
  • Depression, Confusion, Delirium, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease
  • Management Approaches: Reality Orientation, Validation Therapy
  • Common Behaviors including Causes & Solutions: Agitation, Sundowning, Wandering Hiding & Hoarding, Catastrophic Reaction

Major Body Systems: Age-Related Changes, Common Chronic Illnesses & Impairments

  • Integumentary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Digestive System & Related Disorders
  • Circulatory System & Heart Disease
  • Nervous System & Related Disorders
  • Respiratory System & Common Diseases
  • Genitourinary & Reproductive Systems
  • Endocrine System
  • Immune System, Infection Control, HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Lymphatic System, Connective Tissue Disease, Autoimmune Disease

Item Code:    NASE

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