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Supplies needed:

  1. gloves
  2. kidney basin (marked for nails)
  3. Soap
  4. towels (2)
  5. Washcloth
  6. Nail file
  7. orange stick
  8. lotion
  9. comb/brush


  1. Knock, greet resident by name and introduce self and title. Explain intended procedure and ask permission.
  2. Excuse self to wash hands and gather supplies. Give call button.
  3. Simulate hand wash and gather supplies
    - Verbalize checking water temperature
  4. Knock, greet resident by name
  5. Set up table, cover with towel and lay supplies down
  7. Raise bed, position pt. as dangling
  8. Begin w/ soaking fingernails
  9. Brush hair
  10. Orange stick under nails & cuticles
  11. File nails
  12. Lotion massage hands pat dry if needed
  13. Reposition pt. to sitting or lying as desired
  14. Pretty beds, lower beds, call bell, check comfort, open curtain
  15. Return clean/disinfected kidney basin, brush, nail file, lotion & orange stick to bedside
  16. Clean up dirty linens
  17. Wash hands

Testing Checklist:

  • Did Candidate verbalize safe water temperature?
  • Remove residue from under nails?
  • Dry hands after soaking?
  • Leave nails smooth w/o jagged edges?
  • Apply lotion?
  • Clean and store equipment leaving work area tidy?
  • Wash hands before and after?


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