These classroom/theory resources are provided by fellow educators and organized using a framework similar to the Mosby’s PSW Textbook for ease of navigation.

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Examples of resources:
  • Websites for educators
  • Links to online learning in healthcare
  • Assignments with rubrics (and answers)* will be kept in a secure part of the website that is currently under construction
  • Links to articles, videos related to theory content

Role of the Support Worker: BASICS

Topics include:

  • Work place settings
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Collaboration and interprofessional relationships
  • Infection control
  • Providing safe environments
  • Abuse awareness and prevention

Role of the Support Worker: PROFESSIONALISM

Topics include:

  • Managing stress and time
  • Professionalism
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Ethics
  • Starting your career
  • Diversity

Foundational Knowledge

Topics include:

  • The Canadian health care system
  • Legislation
  • Medical terminology
  • Documentation
  • Body structure/function

Providing Client Care

Topics include:

  • Health, wellness, illness, and disability
  • Working with Clients of all ages
    • Infants, Young, Older Adults
    • Growth and Development
  • Promoting well being comfort and sleep
  • Culture and Diversity

PSW Skills – Theory

Topics include:

  • Skin care
  • Body mechanics/ transfers lifts, position
  • Personal hygiene
  • Grooming and dressing
  • Urinary and bowel elimination
  • Beds and bed making
  • Measuring h/w, vs
  • Exercise and activity
  • Rehab care

Assisting with Client Nutrition

Topics include:

  • Nutrition and fluids
  • Enteral nutrition and intravenous therapy

Home Management

Topics include:

  • Light housekeeping tips
  • Laundry
  • Environmental safety

Diseases, Conditions and Challenges

Topics include:

  • Mental health
  • Disorientation, delirium, dementia
  • Developmental disorders and disabilities
  • Speech and language, hearing, and vision disorders

Medication Management

Topics include:

  • Oxygen needs
  • Assisting with medication

End of Life Care

Topics include:

  • Palliative care

Miscellaneous Teaching Resources

Topics include:

  • Teaching resources not classified elsewhere