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NSDC Course: General Duty Assistant (Healthcare)

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course General Duty Assistant introduces you to the role of a General Duty Assistant and what it involves.

    As a General Duty Assistant your role involves assistance to nurses and doctors delivering medical care to patients being treated in the hospital. In addition to the assistance to the doctors, you also a play a crucial role in patient care. You will be supporting the patient in the management of their day to day activities during their stay in the hospital.

    This course gives you all the information you need in order to perform effectively as a General Duty Assistant. You will be introduced to the hospital system with a focus on the structure and services that are delivered in the hospital. You will learn the necessary precautions you will need to follow while delivering patient care.

    This free online course is designed to equip you with the basic knowledge with a focus on skills to manage the patient.

    You will be introduced to the different areas of the role of the General Duty Assistant including:
    - Transportation of the patient into the hospital and from one ward to the other as needed.
    - Aid and support the patient in managing personal hygiene.
    - Support the nurses while administering drugs and drawing samples.
    - Handling and management of hospital equipment including medical and surgical equipment.
    - Help the patient while feeding and eliminating wastes excreted.
    - Note and report clinical observations such as body temperature, breathing rate.
    - Ensure that patients are kept as comfortable as possible.

    This free online course will be of great interest to you if you would like to learn more about the role of the General Duty Assistant. It is also beneficial to you if you would like to learn more about how a hospital operates and serves patients.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:
    - Describe the structure and services available in a hospital;
    - Explain the roles and responsibilities of a General Duty Assistant;
    - Identify the different parts of the human body and their functions;
    - Explain the functions of the different branches of medicine;
    - Assist the healthcare professional in the treatment and prevention of diseases, viruses and infections;
    - Describe common medical equipment used in the hospital;
    - Apply the correct procedures when transporting and positioning a patient;
    - Assist a patient in maintaining personal hygiene;
    - Assist in feeding a patient;
    - Assist the nurse in assessing the vital signs of a patient;
    - Assist the nurse or the lab technician while collecting specimen.

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NSDC Course: General Duty Assistant (Healthcare)
  • Free

  • 10-15 Hours

  • Advance Learning

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 33 )
  • General Duty Assistant Handbook View Resource
  • Introduction to Hospital Structure and Services
  • Module
    1
    Hospital Structure and Services
    • Learn about the various departments in the hospital and what services they offer.
    • Navigation
    • Objectives
    • The Hospital Structure and Services
  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Learn about the roles and responsibilities of a general duty assistant
    • Roles and Responsbilities - Objectives
    • Focus Areas of Healthcare
    • Rules to be Followed - Objectives
    • Patient's Rights
    • Practice the Code of Conduct While Performing Duties
  • Understanding the Human Body
    • Learn about the basic structure of the human body.
    • Objectives
    • Basic Shape and Structure of the Human Body
    • Head and Neck
    • Thorax
    • Abdomen
    • Upper and Lower Limbs
    • The Front and Back of the Human Body
  • Human Physiological System
    • Learn about the functions of different parts of the human body
    • Objectives
    • Human Physiological System
    • Nervous System
    • Muscular and Skeletal System
    • Circulatory System
    • Respiratory System
    • Digestive System
    • Urinary System
    • Reproductive System
    • Basic Physiologic System
  • Branches of Medicine
    • Learn about the different area of medicine practiced in hospitals and the conditions they treat.
    • Objectives
    • Medicine
    • Basic and Clinical Branches of Medicine
    • Branches of Internal Medicine
    • Branches of General Surgery
    • Supporting Branches of Medicine
  • Introduction to the Hospital - Test your Learning
    • This module will test you learning on the Introduction to the Hospital modules.
    • Introduction to the Hospital - Test Your Learning
  • Management of Common Infectious
  • Comman Infectious and Tropical Diseases
    • Learn about common infections and diseases and preventitive measures against them.
    • Infection and the Control of Infection
    • Malaria, TB and other Endemic Diseases - Objectives
    • Mechanism and Spread of Diseases
    • Common Diseases that affect the Human Body
    • Role of Hospital Assistant
    • Hepatitis and other Viral Diseases - Objectives
    • Introduction to Viral Infections
    • Hepatitis and other Viral Infections
    • Role of Hospital Assistant
    • HIV and AIDS - Objectives
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Symptoms of HIV
    • Treatment of HIV Infection
    • Prevention of HIV Infection
    • Role of a Hospital in Prevention of HIV
  • Infectious and Tropical Diseases - Test your Learning
    • This module will test your knowledge of common infections and diseases and how best to manage them.
    • Infectious and Tropical Diseases - Test Your Learning
  • Common Hospital Equipment and Personal Protective ...
  • General Surgical and Medical Instruments
    • Learn the functions of different equipment used in a hospital in order for you to assist the doctor or nurse efficiently.
    • Common Hospital Equipment - Objectives
    • Common Equipment used in the Hospital
    • Personal Protective Measures - Objectives
    • Causes of Infections
    • Personal Protective Equipment - Objectives
    • Universal Precautions
    • Waste Management
    • Bio-Medical Waste Management
  • Following Sterilization Procedures
    • Learn about sterilization and why it is done and your role in sterilization.
    • Objectives
    • What is Sterilization?
    • Clean Medical Equipment Under Supervision
  • Hospital Equipment and Precautions - Test your Learning
    • This module will test your understanding of Hospital equipment and practices for sterilisation.
    • Hospital Equipment and Precautions - Test Your Learning
  • Patient care and comfort - Bed making, Patient Tra...
  • Making a Bed
    • Learn about the different kinds of beds in a hospital, their features, and the procedure of bed making.
    • Classification of Beds
    • Objectives
    • Bed Making Accessories
    • Bed Making
    • Summary
  • Transporting the Patient
    • Learn about transportation procedures used to transport patients in the hospital.
    • Transporting Patients from Ambulance to Hospital Ward - Objectives
    • Admission of a Patient by Ambulance
    • Transporting Patients from Stretcher to Bed - Objectives
    • Transporting Using a Stretcher
    • Transporting Patients from Wheelchair to Bed and vice versa - Objectives
    • Transporting Using a Wheelchair
    • Precautions While Transportation - Objectives
    • General Precautions to be Taken while Transferring
  • Positioning the Patient
    • Learn about appropriate positioning of patients with different medical conditions.
    • Objectives
    • Importance of Appropriate Positioning
  • Bedmaking, Transporting and Positioning a Patient - Test your Learning
    • This module will test your learning on the bed classification and making, transporting and positioning patients.
    • Transporting and Positioning a Patient - Test Your Learning
  • Patient Hygiene Management
  • Prevention of Bed Sores and Bathing the Patient
    • Learn about the prevention of bed sores in patients and how to bathe the patient.
    • Prevention of Bed Sores - Objectives
    • What are Bed Sores?
    • Pressure Sores
    • Back Care
    • Bathing - Objectives
    • Importance of Bathing
    • Assisting the Nurse in Bathing the Patient
  • Module
    2
    Oral Care
    • Learn about oral care and how to help the patient maintain oral hygiene.
    • Objectives
    • Importance of Oral Hygiene
    • Oral Care of an Unconcious Patient
  • Hair Care
    • Learn about hair and nail care and how to help the patient maintain personal hygiene by taking care of the hair and nails.
    • Hair Care - Objectives
    • Importance of Hair Care
    • Assisting the Nurse in Grooming the Patient - Hair Care
    • Nail Care - Objectives
    • Importance of Nail Care
  • Clothing
    • Learn about assisting the patient in dressing and different types of hospital garments.
    • Clothing - Objectives
    • Assisting Patient While Clothing
    • Principal of Clothing
    • Maintaining the Privacy and Dignity of the Patient
    • Summary
    • Maintaining Clothing Hygiene - Objectives
    • Types of Hospital Clothing
  • Assist a Nurse in Grooming Patients With Specific Health Needs
    • Learn about assisting the nurse in grooming patients with specific health needs.
    • Assist a Nurse in Grooming Patients with Specific Health Needs
  • Managing Patient Hygiene - Test your Learning
    • This module will test your knowledge of managing patients hygiene needs relating to bed sores, oral and hair care and clothing.
    • Managing Patient Hygiene - Test Your Learning
  • Feeding the Patient
  • Feeding the Patient
    • Learn about the different techniques in feeding a patient and your role in feeding as a General Duty Assistant.
    • Types of Feeding - Objectives
    • Types of Feeding
    • Assisting in Feeding Patients in Different Medical Conditions - Objectives
    • Types of Medical Conditions
    • Serving Food and Assistance While Eating - Objectives
    • Guidelines for Serving Food
  • Feeding the Patient - Test your Learning
    • This module will test you understanding of how to assist patients with feeding.
    • Feeding the Patient - Test Your Learning
  • Assistance In Medical Needs
  • Assistance in Medication
    • Learn about the techniques of delivering medication to a patient in order to assist the nurse or doctor.
    • Responding to a Patient's Call
    • Methods of Drug Administration - Objectives
    • Importance of Drug Administration
    • Role in Drug Administration - Objectives
    • Principal of Safe Drug Administration
  • Managing Elimination Needs
    • Learn about the equipment and techniques used to assist patients in eliminating their body wastes.
    • Using the Bed Pan - Objectives
    • Managing Elimination Needs of the Patient
    • Care of an Indwelling Catheter
    • Administration of an Enema
    • Perineal Care
    • Proper Disposal of Urinary Wastes - Objectives
    • Elimination of Wastes by Urination
  • Measuring Vital Signs
    • Learn about the importance of vital signs and how they are used to understand the status of a patient's health.
    • Importance of Vital Signs and Measuring Radial Pulse - Objectives
    • Vital Signs
    • Body Temperature - Objectives
    • Importance of Body Temperature
    • Blood Pressure Objectives
    • What is Blood Pressure?
    • Measuring Breathing Rate - Objectives
    • What is Measuring Breathing Rate?
    • Measuring Height and Weight of a Patient
    • Medical Record Documentation
  • Management of Specimens
    • Learn about medical lab testing and how it is used in making a correct diagnosis in a patient.
    • Understanding Medical Lab Testing Procedures - Objectives
    • Importance of Laboratory Testing
    • Transport of Specimens - Objectives
    • Importance of Transportation of Specimens
  • Care of the Dying and Care of a Dead Body
    • Learn how to care for the needs of a dying patient and the procedure for care of the body after death.
    • Care of the Dying and Care of a Dead Body
  • Communications, Health and Secure Environment.
  • Communication Skills
    • Learn types of communication, the communication process, levels of communication and factors that influence communication.
    • Communication Skills
  • Maintain a Safe, Healthy and Secure Environment
    • Learn the different safety measures in a hospital and their importance.
    • Maintain a Safe, Healthy and Secure Environment
  • Soft Skills, Health and Hygiene
    • Learn soft skills to do with health and hygiene.
    • Medical Assistance - Test Your Learning
  • Medical Assistance and Communications - Test your Learning
    • This module will test your learning in the areas of Medical assistance, Communications and a Safe Healthy, Hygienic and Secure Environment.
    • Medical Assistance - Test Your Learning
  • General Duty Assistant - Graded Assessment
  • General Duty Assistant Graded Assessment
    • This module will test and grade your knowledge on all subject matter in this course.
    • General Duty Assistant - Graded Assessment
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