ARN – Restorative Nursing Assistant

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Learning Objectives

  • Principles of restorative care
  • Improving quality of life
  • Caregiving challenges

Course Description

ARN’s Restorative Nursing Assistant Course is ideal for facilities looking to provide flexible and personalized core training to their nursing assistant staff, as well as individual nursing assistants seeking to develop a foundation in restorative nursing practice. The full course is made up of 5 modules, each focusing on a set of restorative nursing topics or concepts, mirroring the content of the ARN Restorative Nursing: A Training Manual for Nursing Assistants publication.

The modules in this course can be purchased separately or as a 5-module bundle.

  • Philosophy of Restorative Nursing, Dispelling the Myths
  • Mobility & Activities of Daily Living
  • Swallowing/Communication & Cognition
  • Bladder, Bowel & Skin Care
  • Therapeutic Activities & Caregiver Challenges

Philosophy of Restorative Nursing, Dispelling the Myths

This module examines the principles and philosophies of restorative nursing, as well as the impact on restorative nursing care of stereotypes and myths about aging. After taking this module, RNAs will understand what their role is in providing restorative care.

Mobility & Activities of Daily Living

This module covers guidelines for the Nurse Assistant concerning:

  • Proper positioning
  • Indications for passive and active ROM exercises
  • Safe transfers
  • Determining the type and amount of assistance needed to promote selfcare in eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • Monitoring for fatigue
  • Providing feedback to the client, family, other NAs, licensed nurses, and physicians

Swallowing/Communication & Cognition
Patients requiring restorative care may have difficulty eating, communicating, and remembering. This module teaches the Nurse Assistant how to handle these difficulties. Topics range from basic anatomy and physiology associated with normal chewing and swallowing to the signs and symptoms of dysphagia to the differences between short-term and long-term memory.

Bladder, Bowel & Skin Care
This module covers guidelines for the Nurse Assistant concerning:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • The NA’s role in bladder and bowel retraining
  • Normal skin changes due to aging
  • The NA’s role in the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers

Therapeutic Activities and Caregiver Challenges
Part of restorative nursing includes caring for clients with cognitive impairment or challenging behavior. This module gives Nurse Assistants the knowledge and techniques they to face these difficult situations.

Did you know…

  • Two factors—longer life spans and aging baby boomers—will combine to double the population of Americans aged 65 years or older during the next 25 years
  • By 2030, older adults will account for roughly 20% of the US population
  • Due to the effects of chronic diseases on an aging population, the need for caregiving for older adults by formal, professional caregivers will increase sharply during the next several decades

Course at a Glance

Target Audience: Nurses

Time to Complete: 30 Minutes each

Contributor: ARN


Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

Author Information

In 1974, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) was formed by Susan Novak with support from Lutheran General Hospital located in Park Ridge, Illinois. Nursing, which had always been involved in rehabilitation, formally became recognized as a rehabilitation specialty. ARN was formally recognized as a specialty nursing organization by the American Nurses Association in 1976.