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Introduction to Health Care


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Unit I: HEALTH CARE TODAY. 1. Your Career in Health Care. 2. Health Care Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. 3. Ethical and Legal Responsibilities. Unit II: THE LANGUAGE OF HEALTH CARE. 4. Medical Terminology. 5. Medical Math. Unit III: THE HUMAN BODY. 6. Organization of the Human Body. 7. Structure and Function of the Human Body. 8. Growth and Development. Unit IV: PERSONAL AND WORKPLACE SAFETY. 9. Body Mechanics. 10. Infection Control. 11. Environmental Safety. Unit V: BEHAVIORS FOR SUCCESS. 12. Lifestyle Management. 13. Professionalism. 14. Professional Development and Lifelong Learning. Unit VI: COMMUNICATION IN THE HEALTH CARE SETTING. 15. The Patient as an Individual. 16. The Communication Process. 17. Written Communication. 18. Computers and Technology in Health Care. 19. Documentation and Medical Records. Unit VII: HEALTH CARE SKILLS. 20. Physical Assessment. 21. Emergency Procedures. Unit VIII: BUSINESS OF CARING. 22. Paying for Health Care. 23. Quality Control and Customer Service. Unit IX: SECURING AND MAINTAINING EMPLOYMENT. 24. Job Leads and the Resume. 25. Interview, Portfolio, and Application. 26. Successful Employment Strategies. Appendix 1: Health Care Professional Organizations. Appendix 2: Useful Spanish Expressions for Health Care Professionals. Glossary. References. Index.

About the Author

Dakota Mitchell, R.N., earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Santa Clara. The combination of these advanced degrees provides a valuable perspective for understanding and functioning within today's rapidly evolving world of health care. Her 35-plus years of experience in health care includes education, management and curriculum consultation. In addition to devoting many years to classroom and clinical teaching, she has developed and implemented innovative health care programs at both the vocational and associate degree levels. She also has written and/or served as a content expert on numerous health care instructional projects for Cengage. Lee Haroun, M.A., MBA, Ed.D., has over 45 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator and writer. She has worked with hundreds of health care students and has a special interest in helping them become successful professionals. Dr. Haroun has coordinated curriculum development for a variety of programs, including occupational therapy assistant, patient care technician, health information technician and insurance coder. She also has focused on empowering health care instructors to succeed, and her doctoral dissertation explored the transition of health care professionals from the field to the classroom. Dr. Haroun is the author of CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (Elsevier Science), a co-author of OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FIELDWORK SURVIVAL GUIDE with Bonnie Napier-Tibere (F.A. Davis) and TEACHING IDEAS AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES FOR HEALTH CARE with Susan Royce (Cengage), as well as a technical writer for ESSENTIALS OF HEALTH & WELLNESS by James Robinson and Deborah McCormick (Cengage). In addition, she developed video content and scripts for Delmar's CAREER SUCCESS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS DVD Series, content for health care career exploration software published by Cengage and numerous instructional materials for a variety of publishers.


I like the text. I've been an adjunct since 2005 and have used all the editions of this book. For the most part it's well written and very easy to read.

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