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Nursing Auxiliary

Certified Course


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. 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.


To prepare Nursing Auxiliaries with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to function within their scope of practice in public/private health care institutions and private homes when delivering basic nursing care which would maintain the dignity and quality of life for adult and  older adult clients.



Unit 1 – Legal and Ethical Issues.

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.

Unit 2 – Anatomy and Physiology.

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.

Unit 3 – Fundamentals of Nursing.

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.

Module 4 - Nutrition.

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.

Module 5 – First Aid and Basic Life Support.

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.

Module 6 – Common Health Problems.

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.

Attendance- 80%; Course work - 40%
Final Exam -60%; Pass mark - 50%.




Secondary School Education or
CXC English Grade 1, 2 or 3

Instructional Approach


This course will involve a mixture of lectures and discussions.  To benefit fully, students’ participation in all aspects of the course is required.

Recommended Text


Textbook for Nursing Assistants: A Humanistic Approach to Caregiving

Nursing Assistant: A Nursing Process Approach

​Additional Info


Registration: $ 50.00BDS​​

Course Price: $ 3200.00 

Deposit: $ 1600.00

Balance: 3 monthly installments of $ 533.35.

Course Duration: 1 Year​ Fulltime or 1.5 Years Part time

​​Attachment Duration: 180 Contact Hours

Call 431-0957 for further information.

Some aspects of this course outline are subject to change.​

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