CNA Chapter 1 Vocabulary

  1. Accountable
    answerable for one's actions
  2. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    personal daily care tasks, including bathing, skin, nail, and hair care, walking, eating and drinking, mouth care, dressing, transferring, and toileting
  3. Acute Care
    24-hour skilled care for short-term illnesses or injuries; generally given in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
  4. Adaptive Devices
    special equipment that helps a person who is ill or disabled perform ADLs; also called assistive devices
  5. Adult Daycare
    care given to adults at a facility during day time work hours
  6. Assisted Living
    a residence for people who require some help with daily care, but who need less care than a long-term care facility offers
  7. Assistive Devices
    special equipment that helps a person who is ill or disabled perform ADLs; also called adaptive devices
  8. Care Team
    the group of people with different kinds of education and experience who provide resident care
  9. Chain of Command
    the order of authority within a facility
  10. Charge Nurse (Nurse-in-Charge)
    a nurse responsible for a team of healthcare workers
  11. Chronic
    the term for an illness or condition that is long-term or long-lasting
  12. Cite
    in a long-term care facility, to find a problem through a survey
  13. Conscientious
    guided by a sense of right and wrong; principled
  14. Continuity of Care
    coordination of care for a resident over time, during which the care team is always exchanging information about the resident and working toward shared goals
  15. Courteous
    polite, kind, considerate
  16. Delegation
    transferring authority to a person for a specific task
  17. Dementia
    the loss of mental abilities, such as thinking, remembering, reasoning, and communicating
  18. Diagnosis
    the identification of a disease by its signs and symptoms and from the results of different tests
  19. Empathetic
    identifying with and understanding another's feelings
  20. First Impression
    a way of classifying or categorizing people at the first meeting
  21. Functional Nursing
    method of care assisgning specific tasks for each team member
  22. Holistic
    care that involves the whole person; this includes his or her physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs
  23. Home Health Care
    care that takes place in a person's home
  24. Hospice Care
    care for people who have approximately six months or less to live; care is available until the person dies
  25. inter-generational care
    mixing children and the elderly in the same care setting
  26. Joint Commission
    a not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits different types of healthcare facilities
  27. length of stay
    the number of days a person stays in a healthcare facility
  28. Liability
    a legal term that means a person can be held responsible for harming someone else
  29. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
    licensed nurse who has completed one to two years of education; LPN/LVN administers medication, gives treatments, and may supervise daily care of residents
  30. long-term care
    24-hour care provided for people with ongoing conditions who are generally unable to manage their ADL's
  31. Nursing Assistant (NA/CNA)
    person who performs assigned nursing tasks and gives personal care
  32. Outpatient Care
    care usually given for less than 24 hours to people who have had treatments, procedures, or surgery
  33. Pet Therapy
    the practice of bringing pets into a facility or home to provide stimulation and companionship
  34. POLICY
    a course of action to be followed
  35. Primary Nursing
    a method of care in which the registered nurse gives much of the daily care to residents
  36. procedure
    a method, or way, of doing something
  37. professionalism
    the act of behaving properly for a certain job
  38. registered nurse (RN)
    a licensed nurse who has completed two to four years of education;

    RN's assess residents, create a care plan, monitor progress, provide skilled nursing care, give treatments, and supervise the care given by nursing assistants and other members of the care team
  39. rehabilitation
    a program of care given by a specialist or a team of specialists to restore or improve function after an illness or injury
  40. resident
    a person living in a long-term care facility
  41. resident-focused care
    method of care in which the resident is the primary focus; residents and their families actively participate in care and their choices are honored by caregivers whenever possible
  42. sandwich generation
    people responsible for the care of both their children and aging relatives
  43. skilled care
    medically-necessary care given by a skilled nurse ot therapist
  44. subacute care
    care for an illness or condition given to people who need less care than for an acute (sudden onset, short term) illness or injury but more than for a chronic (long-term) illness
  45. team leader
    a nurse in charge of a group of residents for one shift of duty
  46. team nursing
    method of care in which a nurse acts as a leader of a group of people giving care
  47. trustworthy
    deserving the trust of others
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CNA Chapter 1 Vocabulary