Nursing Assistant Unit 3

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject – Nursing Assistant                                                             

Grade – 11,12

Unit- Personal Care of the Patient                                        

Pacing – 3 weeks

Essential Question(s): 

  • What factors do we need to consider when planning a regime of personal care for our patients?
  • What are the necessary skills that should be mastered when providing care to our patients?
  • Why do we need to be accurate in the reporting and recording of skills provided?
  • How can our observations improve the quality of care given to our patients?


Big Idea(s):

  • We must maintain the dignity, safety and comfort of our patients in carrying out personal care activities.
  • Personal care skills should be done in a safe and dignified manner, always keeping in mind the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Accuracy in reporting and recording of activities is crucial to the well-being of our patients.
  • Our observations can lead to changes in the care given, thereby resulting in improved conditions for our patients.



CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” Standards):

  • Students will demonstrate effective skills in recording and reporting client/patient information.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of safety in providing patient care.
  • Students will identify a client’s rights, and develop methods of adapting care to meet the individual client’s needs.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate with patients through the use of observation, recording, and reporting.
  • Students will be able to work with people of all ages and conditions by adapting to differences in needs and required care of those individuals.
  • Compare the needs of clients/patients who have cultural, social  and ethical differences in regard to the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Describe the importance of patient need over other considerations.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


Personal care activities are an essential part of the daily needs of every human being.



The recording of personal care activities is essential  to maintain continuity among  healthcare workers.

Every person is unique in terms of his/her preferences and needs regarding activities of daily living.

Making useful observations while providing       care results in improved conditions for our patients.








Be able to identify the activities that are necessary on a daily basis.                                                      

Demonstrate the steps that need to be taken to carry out each of these personal care activities

In a safe and effective manner.


Understand the proper format for recording ADLs  (activities of daily living) in a consistent and  accurate manner.


Develop a care plan based on the individual needs of a patient and his/her ability level.


Compare subjective and objective  observation and reporting.

Use one’s senses to notice changes in a patient’s condition.