11.1 Introduction to Apply Knowledge of Body Systems to Client Care

Learning Objectives

  • Apply basic knowledge of body systems to specialize care for chronic conditions
  • Promote healthy outcomes for individuals with compromised bodily functions
  • Identify signs and symptoms that should be reported to the supervising nurse
  • Provide interventions for chronic conditions within the scope of practice for nursing assistants

In this chapter you will learn the basic structure and functions of body systems and apply this knowledge to the individuals for whom you provide care. Age-related changes and common chronic conditions in each body system are outlined with related nursing assistant interventions to promote optimal patient outcomes. Observations related to each condition are discussed, as well as what should be immediately reported to the nurse.


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