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DHO: Health Science 8th Edition

Louise Simmers, M.Ed., Karen Simmers-Nartker, B.S.N., Sharon Simmers-Kobelak, B.B.A.

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2009, 2004, 2001
  • 1056 Pages
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The highly respected DIVERSIFIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS is now HEALTH SCIENCE! The new 8th edition continues to be the all in one resource for introductory coursework in the health science curriculum. Organized in two parts, the first section of the book presents foundational information required to enter a broad range of health professions, such as infection control, first aid, and professionalism. The second provides fundamental entry-level skills by specific careers, including medical assisting, dental assisting, and more. Carefully revised with new photos throughout, this eighth edition includes a new chapter on Medical Math, information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, new nutritional guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, updates that correlate with the National Healthcare Foundation Standards, and much more!

Louise Simmers, M.Ed.,

Louise Simmers received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from Kent State University. She has worked as a public health nurse, a medical-surgical nurse, a coronary care nurse, and an instructor of practical nursing and diversified health occupations. Louise has received the Vocational Educator of the Year award and the Diversified Health Occupations Instructor of the Year Award for the state of Ohio.

Karen Simmers-Nartker, B.S.N.,

Karen Simmers-Nartker graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She has been employed as a nurse in telemetry step-down and in medical, surgical, and neurological intensive care. She is currently employed as a shift coordinator in an open-heart intensive care unit. She has obtained certification from the Emergency Nurses Association for the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) and from the American Heart Association for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). In her current position as charge nurse in an ICU, she coordinates patient care and staff assignments; manages interpersonal conflicts among staff and/or patients and family members; is responsible for ensuring quality care to meet the diverse needs of patients and/or family; actively participates in in-services to evaluate new equipment, medications, hospital services and supplies; and teaches and mentors newly employed nurses.

Sharon Simmers-Kobelak, B.B.A.,

Sharon Simmers-Kobelak graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a bachelor of business administration degree. She is currently employed in the educational publishing industry as an integrated solutions specialist. In this position, she assists instructors at private career schools in finding appropriate print and digital materials for classroom instruction. Sharon also provides in-service training for instructors on using digital assets and instructor and student resources. She achieved President's Club status for two years, number-one representative status for one year, and has repeatedly achieved quota in her 20 years in the educational publishing industry.
  • Provides more than 800 newly updated photos and illustrations that enhance learning and clarify technical content.
  • Includes a new chapter on Medical Math that allows you to apply math concepts in health science careers.
  • Career information has been updated and organized according to the Health Science Career Clusters.
  • Includes many updates such as new viruses that can become potential sources of epidemics and pandemics, new health care careers, technological changes in health care and electronic medical records, information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and much more.
  • Includes revisions to the section on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to meet the American Heart Association's new 2010 standards for health care professionals.
  • New nutritional guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been incorporated with instructions for using My Plate to plan a healthy diet.
  • Fully updated Today's Research: Tomorrow's Health Care boxes located in each chapter discuss many new and unique research projects that may lead to possible cures or better methods of treatment for a wide range of diseases and disorders.
  • Includes step-by-step procedures that provide your students with detailed information on proper technique for many health science skills.
  • Includes review questions by chapter that assess your students' comprehension of key concepts.
  • Updated supplements package includes new digital options like CourseMate.
  • Content conforms to the National Healthcare Foundation Standards.
  • Comprehensive in coverage, topics include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, communication skills, professional standards and appearance plus specific careers skills coverage in popular careers such as dental assisting.
Table of Contents:
1. History and Trends of Health Care.
2. Health Care Systems.
3. Careers in Health Care.
4. Personal and Professional Qualities of a Health Care Worker.
5. Legal and Ethical Responsibilities.
6. Medical Terminology.
7. Anatomy and Physiology.
8. Human Growth and Development.
9. Cultural Diversity.
10. Geriatric Care.
11. Nutrition and Diets.
12. Computers and Technology in Health Care.
13. Medical Math.
14. Promotion of Safety.
15. Infection Control.
16. Vital Signs.
17. First Aid.
18. Preparing for the World of Work.
19. Dental Assistant Skills.
20. Laboratory Assistant Skills.
21. Medical Assistant Skills.
22. Nurse Assistant Skills.
23. Physical Therapy Skills.
24. Business and Accounting Skills.
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": [Health Science], 8th Edition is a one stop teaching tool for Health Science instructors. The information it provides will prepare students for a successful future in the health care field."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305509672
The Instructor’s Manual serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching tips and guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, a glossary, appendices, and exercises for content reinforcement.

Student Companion Website

ISBN: 9781305509696
This website provides a variety of resources to help students review for class, including lecture slides and animations.

Instructor Companion WebSite

ISBN: 9781305662971
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download PowerPoint presentations, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305662964
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781305509658
The student workbook is designed to help students retain key chapter content. Included within this resource are chapter objective questions; key-term definition queries; and multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true-or-false problems.

Teacher's Resource Kit

ISBN: 9781305509689
The Teacher’s Resource Kit includes PowerPoint® presentations for each core textbook chapter, a computerized test bank, the Instructor’s Manual, and other text-specific resources.


Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781305509658
The student workbook is design to help you retain key chapter content. Included within this resource are chapter objective questions; key-term definition queries; and multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true-or-false problems.