Enhanced Educational Personal Support Worker

Enhanced Educational Personal Support Worker

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07) Methods of Observing, Reporting & Recording. : This course introduces students to a variety of aspects of care to be considered when caring for clients, both in the clinical facility and in the community. This includes effective and safe care; knowledge of current concepts of health and wellness, as achieved in all stages of life; identification of common reactions to illness and disability; and concepts relating to promotion of client well-being. As well, students are introduced to the concepts of family violence and abuse, including its possible signs, as well as appropriate actions to be taken (including legal requirements) if abuse is suspected.  Personal beliefs and attitudes about family violence and potential abuse of the worker are discussed.  Healthcare ethics and related concepts are explored.  Utilizing medical terminology, the PSW observes, reports and records findings as an integral part of care. As such, this course describes common methods of interpreting information gathered and communicating this to the appropriate inter-professional team members.  

(08) Interpersonal and Inter-professional Relationships I: This course introduces students to the importance of communication and interpersonal skills essential to establishing and maintaining effective relationships with clients, families, and members of the inter-professional health care team.  As such, roles of the health care team are identified.  As well, students are introduced to the concept of individuality of all persons, their growth and development, experiences, rights, interests and needs and are given the opportunity to identify and examine their own beliefs, cultures, religions and values as well as those of classmates and clients.  This course assists the student to understand the characteristics of a person suffering from cognitive impairment as well as the changes inherent in this condition. An introduction to practical approaches and techniques to care for these clients sensitively and effectively is provided. A more in-depth discussion of other client groups follows in Interpersonal and Inter-professional Relationships II (PSW1011).  The concepts introduced in this course are threaded throughout all courses which follow.  The intent of this course is to introduce knowledge, rather than to provide extensive opportunity to apply all concepts.

 (11) Interpersonal & Inter-professional Relationship II: This course is a continuation of Interpersonal and Inter-professional Relationships I (PSW1004) and provides students with more in-depth discussions regarding specific client groups and the importance of establishing effective relationships with these clients, their families, and members of the inter-professional health care team. This course assists the student to understand the characteristics of these groups as well as the behaviours and changes in behaviour which they may encounter in these clients.  Practical approaches and techniques to care for these clients sensitively and effectively will be discussed.  As well, students will have an opportunity to examine their personal feelings and reactions to some of the issues these client groups face.

05).Provide Optimal Client Support & Personal Care (Lab):  This course prepares the student to safely practice fundamental psychomotor skills and therapeutic communication skills needed to provide comfort and basic support for the client’s daily activities, such as grooming, bathing, feeding and transferring in the Simulation Practice Center (SPC). The student is to demonstrate professional behaviours for each lab such as preparedness, punctuality and self-grooming. With each learned skill, students apply rationales and basic decision-making skills to potential patient scenarios with a focus on application of knowledge, organization, therapeutic communication, infection control and safety. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to integrate and demonstrate the learned psychomotor skills and communication skills in Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). This examination will evaluates a student’s readiness to enter clinical practice and ability to provide safe and competent care. 

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