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Care of Those with Disabilities: Maintaining Skin Integrity in Those Bed/Chair Bound (Archived)

Care of Those with Disabilities

Mainitaining Skin Integrity in Those Bed/Chair Bound

IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.

Course Description

The Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities has mandated that 4 hours of annual in-service training or continuing education must be completed by direct care workers giving care to those with disabilities, and be related to the specific needs of at least one recipient being currently served by the direct care worker. (See Appendix C of the iBudget Handbook.) When our clients are physically disabled with abnormal movements, or not able to move sufficiently on their own, the skin frequently becomes the focus of our care. From foot to mouth, or from head to toe, we are constantly working to keep from breaking the skin barrier. This course is offered to increase your ability to prevent and treat impaired skin integrity in those who have physical disabilities.

Purpose and Objectives

This self-instructional program is presented to provide you with knowledge necessary to maintain skin integrity. At the completion of the course you will be able to:

    • Describe how healthy skin works.


    • Identify effective interventions to prevent breaks in skin integrity.


  • List the underlying mechanisms that cause skin breakdown and take preventative measures.

About the Author

Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD

Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.

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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.

Board Approval Information

Care of Those with Disabilities
Mainitaining Skin Integrity in Those Bed/Chair Bound

Consultants for the Future is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and the Council of Certified Nursing Assistants, Provider No. 50-435, and the Iowa Board of Nursing.This course is for CNAs, HHAs and PCTs and does not provide credit for nurses. However, if is often through the boards of nursing that C.N.A. credit is recognized.


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