This book is the shortest one on our list, and is organized into ten chapters:
The Nursing Assistant In Long-Term Care
Foundations of Resident Care
Body Systems and Related Conditions
Confusion, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease
Personal Care Skills
Basic Nursing Skills
Nutrition and Hydration
Rehabilitation and Restorative Care
Caring for Yourself
You’ll find more than 60 procedures your students need to know to be successful CNAs throughout the chapters.
Overall, the textbook is easy for students to follow, with straightforward language, clear organization, and procedural guidelines highlighted throughout the content.
However, the main drawback of this textbook is its brevity. It may lack the in-depth teaching required to help your students pass their certified nursing assistant exam unless partnered with a more comprehensive teaching system.
Nursing Assistant Care: The Basics is an excellent option for teachers focused on the basics of nursing assisting and would be a great supplementary text if you have an existing curriculum.
The textbook contains 28 chapters, organized into 11 parts:
The Nursing Assistant—Roles and Responsibilities
Health and Well-Being—Self-Care and Disease
Holistic Communication and Cultural Humility
Observing, Reporting, and Documenting
Infections and Infection Prevention
Safety and Mobility
Obtaining Health Information
Providing Personal Care
Nutrition, Fluid Balance, and Elimination
Special Issues, Populations, and Emergency Care
Taking the Next Steps
Throughout the chapters, you’ll find 80 step-by-step procedures, which illustrate the techniques required to work in various healthcare settings.
It also highlights common healthcare scenarios CNAs encounter and “culture cues” to help students understand the impact of cultural, social, and ethnic diversity.
The Nursing Assistant: Essentials of Holistic Care is a great option for teachers who wish to teach their students a holistic approach to their patients’ bodies, minds, and spirits.
Which Nursing Assisting Textbook is Right for Your Students?
Though it’s impossible to review every CNA textbook out there, this article can give you some direction based on textbooks we hear about from teachers like you.
As you learn more about each resource, keep in mind that many teachers use more than just a traditional textbook to teach their CNA students.
Some health science teachers have found that using a digital curriculum like HealthCenter21 in conjunction with their CNA textbooks is the perfect way to help their students prepare for their careers.
“I supplement the textbook with HealthCenter21 because you have videos, games, and guided notes for students to use. There are so many different strategies embedded into the program. For students, immersing yourself in HealthCenter21 gets you so much more out of it than if you just read a book.
HealthCenter21 is real-world learning. It takes them beyond high school. This is teaching them how they will be trained tomorrow.”