Nursing Auxiliary Studies

This programme is designed in accordance with the syllabus for training Nursing Auxiliaries as recommended by the Nursing Council of Barbados, a body representative of the Ministry of Health of Barbados.

About the programme

The goal of this programme is to provide adult learners with the theoretical, practical, and attitudinal skills needed to function in the capacity of a care-giver in public or private health care institutions; whether such be a short or long term assisted living facility or in a private home setting associated with Career Development Institute.
Course participants will be prepared to assume the role of care-giver and instructed on their duties and responsibilities while emphasizing the need to maintain the dignity and quality of life of their clients. The focus is to equip the care-giver with the basic knowledge and skills needed to care for clients. They are evaluated by Matrons and Senior Sisters of the home, based on instructions from the tutor.



1. Values and ethical behavior
- Respect for self and others; confidentiality; honesty, teamwork; caring attitude.
2. The rights of elderly patients
- Elderly abuse: physical , emotional, financial, sexual.

1. Intro. to Anatomy and Physiology.
2. Respiratory system.
3. The Cardio Vascular and Lymphatic Systems.
4. The Integumentary System.
5. Musculo-Skeletal System.
6. Gastrointestinal System.
7. Urinary System.
8. The Reproductive System.
9. Endocrine System.
10. Nervous System.

1. Communication.
2. Maintaining a safe environment.
3. Observation, Recording and Reporting.
4. Breathing.
5. Eating and Drinking.
6. Eliminating.
7. Personal Cleanliness and Dressing.
8. Controlling Body Temperature.
9. Mobilising Clients and Prevention of Falls.
10. Working, Playing and Spirituality.
11. Expressing Sexuality.
12. Sleeping.
13. Death and Dying.

1. Benefits of good nutrition.
2. Importance of adequate water.
3. The Caribbean six food groups.
4. The  functions of each nutrient in the six food groups.
5. The body’s use of nutrients

i.e. digestion, absorption, assimilation.

1. Assessing a casualty.
2. Life-saving Procedures.
3. Respiratory problems.
4. Heart and circulatory problems.
5. Bleeding.
6. Wounds.
7. Strains and sprains.
8. Fractures.
9. Head injuries.
10. Stroke.
11. Burns.
12. Poisoning.
13. Medical Emergencies.

1. Pneumonia.
2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
3. Obesity.
4. Hypertension.
5. Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack).
6. Heart Failure.
7. Cerebro-vascular Accident (Stroke).
8. Diabetes Mellitus.
9. Chronic Renal Failure.
10. Peri-odontal disease.
11. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
12. Constipation.
13. Cancer.
14. Pain (acute and chronic).
15. Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid).
16. Osteoporosis.
17. Fractures.
18. Parkinson’s Disease.
19. Urinary Tract Infection.
20. Glaucoma.
21. Cataract.
22. Hearing Loss.
23. HIV and AIDS.
24. Dementia.
25. Depression.
26. Substance abuse and misuse (legal and Illegal).
27. Alcoholism.
28. Schizophrenia.

Participants will be assessed based on attendance, demonstrations, practical skills during attachment.
Instructional Approaches
This course will involve a mixture of lectures and discussions. To benefit fully, students’ participation in all aspects of the course is required.
Secondary School Education or CXC English Grade 1, 2 or 3
Recommended Text
Call 431-0957 for further information. Some aspects of this course outline are subject to change.​
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