CNA Chapter 3 Vocabulary

  1. Active Listening
    a way of communicating that involves giving a person your full attention while speaking and encouraging him to give information and clarify ideas; including nonverbal communication
  2. Barrier
    a block or an obstacle
  3. Body Language
    all of the concious or unconcious messages your body sends as you communicate, such as facial expressions, shrugging your shoulders, and wringing your hands
  4. Care Conference
    a meeting to share and gather information about residents in order to develop a care plan
  5. Care Plan
    a written plan for each resident created by a nurse; outlines the steps taken by the staff to help the resident reach his/her goals
  6. Charting
    the act of noting care and observations; documenting
  7. Code
    in health care, an emergent medical situationin which specially-trained responders provide resuscitative measures to a person
  8. Code Status
    • formally written status of the type and scope of care that should be provided in the event of a cardiac arrest, other catastrophic failure, or terminal illness;
    • terms and acronyms are used to identify the care desired by the person, such as "DNR" and "no code"
  9. Critical Thinking
    • the process of reasoning and analyzing in order to solve problems;
    • for the NA, this means making good observations and promptly reporting all potential problems
  10. Culture
    a set of learned beliefs, values, traditions, and behaviors shared by a social, ethnic, or age group
  11. Edema
    Swelling in body tissues caused by excess fluid
  12. Incident
    an accident, problem, or unexpected event during the course of care
  13. Incident Report
    a report documenting an incident and the responce to the incident; also known as an occurence or event report
  14. Medical Chart
    written legal record of all medical care a patient, resident, or client receives
  15. Minimum Data Set (MDS)
    a detailed form with guidelines for assessing residents in long-term care facilities; also details what to do if resident problems are identified
  16. Nonverbal Communication
    communication without using words, such as making gestures and facial  expressions
  17. Nursing Process
    • an organized method used by nurses to determine residents' needs, plan the appropriate care to meet those needs, and evaluatee how well the plan of care is working;
    • five steps are assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation
  18. Objective Information
    factual information collected using the senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch; also called signs
  19. Orientation
    a person's awareness of person, place, and time
  20. Prefix
    a word part added to the beginning of a root word to create new meaning
  21. Root
     the main part of a word that gives it meaning
  22. Rounds
    physical movement of staff from room to room to discuss each resident and his/her care plan
  23. Sentinel Event
    an unexpected occurence involving death or serious physical or physchological injury
  24. Subjective Information
    information collected from residents, their family members and friends; information may or may not be true, but is what the person reported; also called symptoms
  25. Suffix
    a word part added to the end of a root word to create new meaning
  26. Verbal Communication
    communications involving the use of spoken or written words or sounds
  27. Vital Signs
    measurements- tempurature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure, pain level- that monitor the functioning of the vital organs of the body
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CNA Chapter 3 Vocabulary