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August’s Nurse Assisting

The Complete Guide

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A comprehensive textbook and workbook for nurse assistant education.

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August’s Nurse Assisting: The Complete Guide

Master the problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills needed to succeed as a nursing assistant with August’s Nurse Assisting: The Complete Guide. Workbook available, sold separately.

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CNA: Nursing Assistant Certification, California Edition

CNA: Nursing Assistant Certification, California Edition, brings together all of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) training requirements for today’s nursing assistant. Written in easy-to-understand language, this one-of-a-kind textbook is formatted specifically for CDPH’s 17 prescribed modules. All topics, subsections, and skills reflect 2019 CDPH guidelines for a Nurse Assistant Certification Training Program. Workbook available, sold separately.

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Home Health Aide: The Complete Guide

Home Health Aide: The Complete Guide offers a holistic approach to caring for the home health client. A home health aide textbook comprehensively covering all the topics necessary to train and prepare home health aides for caregiving excellence.

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View our 21 skills videos that correspond to the most tested skills for CNA examination. Videos are made available to all adopters and students. Utilize our Instructor Portal to access the videos, place links directly into your course content, or download our free August Learning Solutions app to view them on the go!

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What guidelines do the skills videos illustrate?2021-02-03T09:39:40-05:00

Our 21 skills videos illustrate the 21 skills outlined by Pearson VUE for nursing assistant certification testing.

Does the CNA California book follow the NATAP curriculum?2021-03-08T08:54:54-05:00

Yes. Our title CNA: Nursing Assistant Certification, California Edition is written specifically to follow the 17 CDPH-mandated modules for the NATAP curriculum.

Meet Our Authors

Carrie Jarosinski

Dr. Carrie L. Jarosinski RN, CNE, CWP

Author of:

  • August’s Nurse Assisting: The Complete Guide
  • August’s Workbook to Accompany Nurse Assisting: The Complete Guide
  • CNA: Nursing Assistant Certification, California Edition
  • Reclaim Your Story: Renew Your Health and Wellness through the Power of Storytelling

Dr. Carrie L. Jarosinski is a registered nurse, certified nurse educator, certified wellness practitioner, thought leader, and author. She began her career as a nursing assistant and then as a registered nurse in long-term care. She then moved on to work in public health, focusing on children with special healthcare needs, childhood lead poisoning prevention, and prenatal health. In 2006, Carrie started her teaching career as adjunct faculty in the Nursing and Nursing Assistant Programs at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC). In 2007, she became the Lead Nursing Assistant Instructor and Program Director at MSTC and is now the lead faculty in the Health and Wellness Promotion Program. Owner of Bold Contentment LLC, she offers coaching, consulting, and speaking services to a vast audience.

In 2015, Carrie authored the first edition Essentials of Certified Nursing Assisting textbook and workbook. She also completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Systems Leadership with a focus on rural food desert conditions from Walden University. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on wellness practices and has authored Reclaim Your Story: Renew Your Health and Wellness through the Power of Storytelling.

This nursing assistant textbook holistically addresses clients as opposed to teaching narrow caregiving practices that focus on a specific disease process. I collaborated with others around the nation to ensure that the content of this textbook is not only up to date but offered the most innovative and compassionate caregiving techniques so that we can empower a new generation of nursing assistants to provide exceptional care.

I really wanted to publish a text that was current in not only regulatory practices but in terms of innovative caregiving practices as well. I felt as though students going through a nursing assistant course should be prepared with the best and most current information to address emerging health care trends. Most nursing assistant texts on the market today do not address the ever growing complex demands placed on direct caregivers.

Wendy Deras

Wendy Deras, MS, RN, CNE, CNS/PMH, CDP

Author of:

  • Home Health Aide: The Complete Guide

Education and Special Industry-Related Trainings

Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP)

National League of Nursing, Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Post-Master’s Psychiatric/Mental Health Therapy/Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Wright State University, Dayton, OH, Masters of Nursing Education

Franklin University, Columbus, OH, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Edison State College, Piqua, OH, Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing

Industry Experience

Wendy Deras obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing from Edison State College in Piqua, Ohio, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Her master’s degree in Nursing Education is from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 2002 Deras moved from Ohio to California as a travel nurse and determined to make California her home. Following her move, she obtained her Post-Master’s Certificate in Psych-Mental Health Nursing from Duquesne University. She became a Certified Nurse Educator with the National League of Nursing in 2009 and has educated students from all levels of nursing for the last 27 years, teaching community education courses, on-the-job training, and professional development skills. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as well as a trainer for the CDP course. Deras has practiced with pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics in acute, long-term, and home health environments. She has a passion for workforce development and entry-level healthcare training and believes in career ladders. Her unique background of healthcare, mental health, and education forms a very interactive, highly motivating atmosphere that propels participants to learn and apply new information to their daily lives, both personal and professional. Her desire is to bring a more qualified workforce to healthcare and believes that the power of education can transform lives, businesses, and the community.

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