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This course will provide a comprehensive orientation to Stenberg College and the Health Care Assistant program you have enrolled in. As with all new things, there will be some challenges and excitement; this workshop covers student success skills where you’ll learn effective study habits (specifically to improving both reading and writing skills) based on your own personal learning style. You will be able to navigate through Moodle efficiently. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be ready for learning in the online environment.
Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person-centered care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture, and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.
Clinical Prerequisite Certifications
This course includes certification workshops that you will be required to complete related to the essential industry-related training and certifications that are mandatory before you may begin your Practice Education. Students are required to attend (in-class) training facilitated by a contractor. In addition to this, the required online practice education prerequisites and additional certificates are listed below and will be done throughout the course.
Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
This course provides an introduction to the role of the HCA within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the health care team and the roles and functions of HCAs within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.
Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care- giving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. You will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect, and active listening skills.
Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
This course introduces you to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on your own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.
Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.
Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and care giving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive and mental challenges. The emphasis in this course is on supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviors and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.
Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance
This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety, and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.
Clinical Placement in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care
This supervised practice experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working with individuals with dementia. Opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a residential care facility.
Preceptorship Placement Multi-Level/Complex
Directly following the Clinical Placement Multi-Level/Complex Care, this 2 week supervised preceptorship will provide Students with the opportunity to put both their classroom learning and hands-on experience gained in the clinical setting into practice, as they move towards independence in the workplace. An opportunity will be provided for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a residential care facility and gain abilities that will prepare graduates to assume the role of a Health Care Assistant. Students will work closely with an experienced HCA Preceptor who will act as a mentor to guide, encouraging Students to apply insight, critical thinking skills and self-awareness in the reality of a work setting.
Home Support and/or Assisted Living Practicum
This practice course provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Opportunity will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within a Home Support Agency and or Assisted Living Facility, and to gain abilities that will prepare graduates for employment in these settings. It is important that students understand the philosophy of community care settings and its emphasis on client choice and independence.
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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
WHMIS provides information about materials in the workplace that can be hazardous, such as cleaning agents, compressed gases and flammable materials. Becoming WHMIS certified will demonstrate the ability to identify hazardous materials and handle them properly.
Standard First Aid & Basic Life Support
You’ll receive Standard First Aid & Basic Life Support Certification including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Health Care Provider (HCP), and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). This industry-standard certification is valid for three years.
FOODSAFE Level 1
In FoodSafe Level 1 you’ll learn how to prepare food in a way that protects people from injury or illness. Some of the topics covered are food-borne diseases, personal hygiene, and safe procedures for storing.
Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum
The Provincial Violence Prevention Training Curriculum will teach you to recognize and respond to violent situations and learn about different types of violence and strategies for dealing with the risks in a variety of health care contexts. The Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum has been developed by a team of experts from Worksafe BC, the Occupational Health & Safety Agency for healthcare in BC, as well as BC health authorities and healthcare unions. This training and certification is offered in collaboration with Fraser Health Authority.
Medication Management for HCA’s
This course provides you with a strong base knowledge in medication management techniques, assisting clients with medication and documentation. Building on your existing knowledge of key medication terminology, medication safety and drug classifications, you will conduct a more detailed examination of the pathophysiology of common conditions. The final component of this certification course will be an assessment of skills in medication assisting in the community and home support settings. Upon completion, you will have a strong foundation in which to further build your skillset out in the workplace.
Body Mechanics & Back Safety
You will be educated in proper body movement to prevent and correct poor posture, reduce stress on ligaments, joints and tendons and enhance physical capabilities. Proper body mechanics and back safety will enhance the longevity and success in the workplace and will help ensure that transfers and positioning are done in a manner that is safe and appropriate for everyone. Please note: While this training follows best practices, graduates may also be required to learn and follow workplace specific protocols.
Dementia Care: Fundamental Knowledge, Skills and Competencies for Providing Person-Centred Care
For people with dementia, our understanding of “caring” takes on an expanded meaning. We need to pay special attention to knowing the “person behind the disease” because this individual may not be able to verbally express his or her needs, preferences, values, fears and hopes. The content of the learning modules will give you the knowledge, tools and confidence to understand the needs of, and effectively care for, persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.
Taking Ownership in Palliative Care (Pallium Canada)
Taking Ownership is a Pallium Canada interactive module for health care professionals that takes about 40 minutes to complete. The goal is to encourage health care professionals from different disciplines to make primary-level palliative care a part of their daily work.
Mental Health Challenges Certificate
This course provides you with a strong familiarity with the most commonly diagnosed mental health challenges. You will gain knowledge of the differences between normal sadness and major depression. The signs and symptoms of major depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, Substance abuse disorders and dual or multi diagnoses. You will also gain knowledge and insight on ways to help and support people have these mental health challenges. You will gain an understanding about the myths and stigmas, cultural differences and how to care for the person and family with mental health challenges.
HCAs in Acute Care Setting Certificate
You will be discussing the similarities and differences between clients in acute care settings and clients in residential or community settings. You will gain knowledge with the acute care environment by describing aspects of critical thinking and problem-solving that should be utilized when caring for individuals experiencing common health challenges. You will also learn the preparation, process and assisting guidelines with a physical examination, gain knowledge with the differing types of equipment and how to report and record vital signs.