Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9781771720434, 9781771721073

Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker

4th Edition

Authors: Sheila Sorrentino Mary Wilk
Paperback ISBN: 9781771720434
eBook ISBN: 9781771721073
eBook ISBN: 9781771720540
Imprint: Mosby Canada
Published Date: 13th January 2017
Page Count: 1184

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Get the foundation you need to be a successful support worker in both community and institutional settings with Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker, 4th Edition. With a clear student-friendly approach and step-by-step descriptions, this text walks readers through all the information and skills that support workers (including resident care aides and health care aides) need to master to perform their role safely and effectively. Numerous full-colour illustrations, photographs, and tables are combined with real life case studies, examples, and insightful feature boxes to provide an outstanding learning experience. This new edition also features a new chapter on working in acute care; updated content reflecting the latest trends, issues, and practice standards; and a full assortment of online learning resources. With all this included in one great book, it’s no wonder that Mosby’s is the #1 text used by support worker programs across Canada.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage guides readers through all information and skills needed by today’s support worker.
  • Student-friendly writing style enables readers to easily grasp the material.
  • Providing Compassionate Care boxes highlight the caring aspect of the support worker role.
  • DIPPS icons appear throughout the text to remind readers of the principles of support work: respecting and promoting their client’s Dignity, Independence, Preferences, Privacy, and Safety.
  • Focus on Communication boxes offer guidelines for how to clearly communicate with residents and avoid comments that might make them uncomfortable.
  • Promoting Safety and Comfort boxes emphasize the importance of the patient’s or resident’s safety and comfort.
  • Focus on Children and Older Adults boxes provide age-specific information about special needs, considerations, and circumstances of children and older adults.
  • Focus on Long-Term Care and Home Care boxes highlight information vital to providing competent care in the long-term and home care settings.
  • Teamwork and Time Management boxes feature specific guidelines to help nursing assistants work most efficiently whether independently or as part of the health care team.
  • Supporting boxes present scenarios about particular clients and discuss how support workers make decisions and solve problems.
  • Think About Safety boxes provide clear, concise, easy-to-follow advice on how to provide safe care to clients of all ages.
  • Case Study boxes apply some of the concepts discussed in the text to real-life examples of support workers and clients.
  • Focus on Home Care boxes highlight information necessary for safe functioning in the home setting.
  • Respecting Diversity boxes cover the influence of culture on health and illness practices and the importance of sensitivity to cultural diversity in support work.
  • Chapter review questions test reading comprehension of the learning objectives established at the beginning of each chapter.

Table of Contents

  1. The Role of the Support Worker
  2. The Canadian Health Care System
  3. Workplace Settings
  4. Health, Wellness, Illness, and Disability
  5. Interpersonal Communication
  6. Working With Others: Teamwork, Supervision, and Delegation
  7. Managing Stress, Time, and Problems
  8. Ethics
  9. Legislation: The Client’s Rights and Your Rights
  10. Caring About Culture and Diversity
  11. Working with Clients and Their Families
  12. Promoting Client Well-Being, Comfort, and Sleep
  13. Medical Terminology
  14. Client Care: Planning, Processes, Reporting, and Recording
  15. Measuring Height, Weight and Vital Signs
  16. Abuse Awareness
  17. Body Structure and Function
  18. Growth and Development
  19. Caring for Mothers and Infants
  20. Caring for the Young
  21. Caring for Older Adults
  22. Safety
  23. Preventing Infection
  24. Skin Care and Prevention of Wounds
  25. Body Mechanics: Moving, Positioning, Transferring, and Lifting the Client
  26. Exercise and Activity
  27. Rehabilitation Care
  28. Nutrition and Fluids
  29. Enteral Nutrition and Intravenous Therapy
  30. Personal Hygiene
  31. Grooming and Dressing
  32. Urinary Elimination
  33. Bowel Elimination
  34. Beds and Bed Making
  35. Mental Health Disorders
  36. Disorientation, Delirium, and Dementia
  37. Common Diseases and Conditions
  38. Developmental Disorders and Disabilities
  39. Speech and Language Disorders
  40. Hearing and Vision Disorders
  41. Oxygen Needs
  42. Home Management
  43. Assisting with Medications
  44. Heat and Cold Applications
  45. Working in Acute Care
  46. End-of-Life Care
  47. Starting Your Career


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About the Authors

Sheila Sorrentino

Affiliations and Expertise

Curriculum and Health Care Consultant, Anthem, AZ

Mary Wilk

Mary Wilk, RN, GNC(C), BA, BScN, MN

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Coordinator, PSW Program, Fanshawe College