Health Careers Today, 5th Edition

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Health Careers Today, 5th Edition


Describing more than 45 health careers, Health Careers Today, 5th Edition offers a practical overview to help you make an informed decision in choosing a profession. Not only does it discuss the roles and responsibilities of various occupations, it provides a solid foundation in the skills needed for all health careers. Clear explanations of anatomy and physiology provide essential knowledge of health related to the human body, and show how this applies to different careers. A companion Evolve website includes skills videos, animations, quizzes, and flashcards. Written by experienced educator Judith Gerdin, this book reflects National Health Care Skills Standards.

  • A clear, easy-to-read approach makes it easy to explore health career options.
  • Over 45 health careers are discussed, including the requirements and roles and responsibilities of each.
  • Full-color drawings and photographs illustrate concepts, techniques, and equipment.
  • The National Health Care Skills Standards are incorporated, and the book's organization closely follows the standards.
  • An Anatomy and Physiology unit covers all of the body systems, and applies A&P to various career settings.
  • Skill Activities provide the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience.
  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter focus on key information.
  • Key Terms with definitions are listed at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Core concepts are reinforced with more than 70 content boxes, skill boxes, review questions, and critical thinking questions.
  • National Standard sections summarize the specific number and name of each national standard covered in that chapter, along with page references.
  • Chapter summaries make it easy to review and identify key content.
  • A comprehensive glossary includes all key terms and definitions for quick reference.
  • Student resources on a companion Evolve website include fill-in-the-blank and drag-and-drop quizzes, flashcards, anatomy and physiology animations, skill videos, an audio glossary, and web links.
  • A workbook corresponds to the chapters in the textbook, and features learning activities such as vocabulary practice exercises, medical abbreviation practice exercises, coloring/labeling activities, concept application exercises, laboratory exercises, critical thinking exercises, and Internet activities. Sold separately.
    •  Updated and expanded content covers the electronic medical record, HIPAA, examples of career ladders in various health professions, superbugs and MRSA, cultural diversity, autism, BMI and its relationship to obesity, infection control, basic methods of cleaning and sterilizing instruments, HOSA guidelines, and all NHCSS (National Health Care Skills Standards) required information.
    • Bios and photographs feature working professionals in many health careers, adding personal stories that you can relate to.
    • Brain bytes reinforce concepts and keep you engaged in the material.
    • New photographs show workers in various health care settings.
    • References to websites connect you to online resources and research.
    • Full-page forms are located in the appendix, with printable versions available on the companion Evolve website for use in assignments.

    Unit 1: Core Knowledge

    1. Health Care of the Past, Present, and Future

    2. Interpersonal Dynamics and Communications

    3. Safety Practices

    4. Legal and Ethical Principles

    5. Culture and Health Care

    6. Employability Skills

    7. Foundation Skills

    8. Wellness, Growth, and Development

    Unit 2: Anatomy and Physiology

    9. Body Organization

    10. Integumentary System

    11. Cardiovascular System

    12. Circulatory System

    13. Respiratory System

    14. Skeletal System

    15. Muscular System

    16. Digestive System

    17. Urinary System

    18. Endocrine System

    19. Nervous System

    20. Sensory System

    21. Reproductive System

    Unit 3: Career Clusters

    22. Laboratory Careers

    23. Imaging Careers

    24. Nursing Careers

    25. Medical Careers

    26. Dental Careers

    27. Complementary and Alternative Careers

    28. Veterinary Careers

    29. Community and Social Careers

    30. Mental Health Careers

    31. Rehabilitative Careers

    32. Emergency Health Careers

    33. Information and Administration Careers

    34. Environmental Careers

    35. Biotechnology Research and Development Careers

    Appendix I: Common Prefixes, Word Roots, and Suffixes

    Appendix II: Medical Charts, Graphs, and Forms


    Judith Gerdin, BSN, MS, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ
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