Patient Care
Patient Care

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Essential Function  Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans; calculate medication dosage accurately; evaluate patient responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions.
Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Establish rapport with patients and colleagues. Use therapeutic communication (attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, teaching). Function (consult, negotiate, share) as a part of a team.
Communications Ability Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in verbal and written form. Explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret nursing actions and patient responses. Listen attentively.
 Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; full range-of-motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination Move around in patient's rooms. Work spaces and treatment areas. Administer cardiopulmonary procedures. Stand/walk for extensive periods of time.
 Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Calibrate and use equipment; transfer and position patients; lift 50 pounds.
 Hearing Ability Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.
 Visual Ability Visual ability (corrected to 20/40) sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing. Observe patient/responses, secretions, color. Read manometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, labels and gauges.
 Tactile Ability Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertions of an IV catheter.
 Olfactory Ability Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental and patient safety. Distinguish smells which are contributory to assessing and/or maintaining the patient's health status or environmental safety (fire).
Professional Attitude and Demeanor Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain own physical and mental health and emotional stability. Work under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids. React calmly in emergency situation. Demonstrate flexibility. Show concern for others.

Adapted from: Red Alert: The Americans with Disabilities Act Implications for Nursing Education (March, 1993).
References: Program Minimum Skills for Eligibility to Participate in Educational Programs and Activities (Medical University of South Carolina)

Note: Students requiring reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Counseling and Career Development Services, Counselor for Student with Disabilities, at 574-6131.

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IV Catheter Insertion

Learn the correct technique of peripheral IV catheter insertion. Topics include, but are not limited to, vein location and IV placement, equipment and supplies, insertion, anchoring techniques, and connecting to IV tubing. Lab skills are performed on IV therapy mannequin arms. To successfully complete the course students must demonstrate knowledge and competency in IV insertion skills using proper safety and infection control techniques. Upon successful completion students are awarded a certificate of completion. Lab supplies included.    
Prerequisite: Nursing student, RN/LPN, CNA, MA, EMT or medically employed personnel. Textbook not required.
Course Schedule: Check website for availability. For additional information, contact TTC Continuing Education Call Center at 843.574.6152  or  

XNUR 504-003
XNUR 504-004



8 a.m.-5 p.m., 1-hr. lunch
8 a.m.-5 p.m., 1-hr. lunch



Medication Technician

This 32-hour course offers nurse aides the opportunity to enhance skills and advance career opportunities. Many assisted-living facilities employ med techs to pass resident medications. The course uses lecture, PowerPoint and demonstration to cover basic pharmacology, medication effects, chronic and acute signs and symptoms of disease diagnosis as related to medications, the correct way to prepare/pass medications, and related paperwork. To receive a grade of successful students must attend 32 hours, complete and turn in all assigned homework, attain a passing grade on the final exam, and demonstrate 100 percent proficiency in preparing and passing medications. Upon successful completion of the course, students are awarded a certificate of completion.

 Prerequisite Completion of Nurse Aide or Medical Assistant Training Program or Nursing student 
 Required Dress Scrubs - color of choice and flat, closed-toe shoes
 Required Textbooks

Current edition of The Nursing Drug Reference Book - Available at the TTC Bookstore (Bldg. 950) on Mabeline Rd. (approx. $42).

XNUR 502-002



8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.



Patient Care Technician

This 112-hour course is designed for individuals seeking employment where multi-skills training is preferred or required. The course consists of lecture, PowerPoint presentation, introduction to hospital equipment and supplies, hands-on procedures, and critical thinking. Areas covered, but not limited to: EKG equipment and use, CPR training with certification, basic phlebotomy (no live sticks), sterile technique, specimen collection, measuring output of body fluids including nasogastric, chest tube and surgical site drains. Glucometer use, Foley catheters, tracheostomy and supplemental oxygen care appropriate to scope of practice are also covered. Resume' preparation and employment interview techniques are included. Completion of this course requires a passing grade on the PCT final general knowledge exam and demonstration of competency in patient care procedures using equipment and supplies correctly. To be successful strict attendance is required. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Patient Care Technician Certificate of Completion and BLS Card. Unsuccessful students may re-register at their own expense for the next available PCT course section. 
For additional information, contact TTC Continuing Education Call Center at  843.574.6152  or

 Prerequisite Successful completion of a Nurse Aide Training Program
 Required Dress Scrubs (color of choice) and flat, closed-toe shoes
 Required Supplies Stethoscope and BP cuff to fit student arm
 Required Textbooks

1. Assisting with Patient Care 2nd Edition By Sheila A. Sorrentino. Publisher - MosbyAvailable at the Main Campus TTC Bookstore (Bldg. 950) on Mabeline Road (approx. $64)

2. BLS For Healthcare Providers. Student Manual by American Heart Association. ISBN 1-61669-039-9 Available at Bookstore (approx. $16)


XNUR 503-003
XNUR 503-004



8 a.m.-noon
5-9 p.m.



*No class 5/26


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