Psychosocial Care - Online Inservice

The greatest definition of psychosocial care can be found in the National Council for Hospice and Specialist (2000) where it is defined as “being concerned with the psychological and emotional wellbeing of the patients and their families/caregivers, including issues of self-esteem, insight into an adaption to their illness and its consequences, communication, social functioning, and relationships.” The theory of psychosocial care is different from the theory of biomedical care in that psychosocial care adopts the holistic beliefs of the diseases, psychology, social and spiritual health of patients whereas the latter care strictly for patients’ physical ill-health. This course will equip nurse aides with the tools needed to provide competent psychosocial care to their patients and residents in all healthcare settings.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define psychosocial care.
  2. State the different types of healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms a patient may use.
  3. Identify 3 relaxation techniques to aid in stress reduction.
  4. Define verbal and non-verbal communication.
  5. Recognize the need and benefits of social interaction.


Chapter 1: Psychosocial Care

  • The Lesson
  • Issues of Self Esteem
  • Adjustment to Illness, Disability, or Age
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • The Dying Patient

Chapter 2: Coping Mechanisms

  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Change of Scenery
  • Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques
    • Abdominal Breathing
    • Guided Imagery
    • Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Chapter 3: Communication & Socialization

  • Communication
  • Social Functioning and Relationships
  • Intellectual Stimulation
  • Sexuality

Chapter 4: References

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Capra Garrison

Capra Garrison, Registered Nurse, has more than 33 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #: 7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the Florida and Wyoming Boards of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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