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Measure and Record Respirations

Click here to watch the skill Why can't you tell the patient you are counting their respirations? When you tell someone that you are counting their respirations, they will become aware of their breathing. This will usually cause them to alter their breathing patterns (either slow down or speed up), and your count won't be…


Measure and Record Radial Pulse CNA Skill

Measure and Record Radial Pulse These are the basic steps for measure and record a resident's radial pulse. In-depth step by step directions can be found in our CNA Skills Study Guide, available on this website. Opening and wash hands Locate pulse on thumb side of patient's wrist (do not use your thumb) Count thumps…


Empty Urinary Drainage Bag CNA Skill

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbVW_R7XIBY[/embedyt]   Check the Position of the Drainage Bag! The drainage bag should be positioned so that it is hanging from a non-moving part of the bed, above the floor. The bag can NEVER be lifted above the patient's hips and it should never be allowed to touch the floor. The tubing should be…


Provide Partial Bedbath and Backrub CNA Skill

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH1IVwZmAEE[/embedyt]   You may be assigned to give a partial bedbath during the exam. The care plan will specify what you are expected to wash during this skill. This skill will be done on a manikin and the Nurse Aide Evaluator (NAE) will play the voice of the patient. Pay attention to the care…


Dress Resident with a Weak Arm CNA Skill

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiHCvPHBoZs[/embedyt]   Dressing with a Weak Arm When a patient has a weak arm, or limited mobility in one shoulder, dressing the patient can be a challenge. Nurses will explain to the patient that button or snap front shirts will be easier to put on. Pull-over shirts require that you lift both your arms…

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Handwashing CNA Skill

  [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR_JvNcRZYs[/embedyt]   Do you know how to wash your hands the right way? You will be graded on Handwashing at the beginning and end of your first skill. It is important that you work up a good lather and rub with friction for at least 20 seconds. This 20 seconds is friction (rubbing)…

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