CNA Skill: *Resident Hair & Nail Care

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Prometric clinical skill checklist for providing hair and nail care to the resident (2008-01-01)

Step 1

Greet the resident by addressing him/her by name and introduce yourself

Step 2

Provide explanations to resident before beginning and throughout procedure

Step 3

Ask resident about preferred hairstyle

Step 4

Comb or brush hair in small sections beginning towards ends and working way up with each combing stroke

Step 5

Pull comb/brush through hair gently to avoid resident discomfort

Step 6

Soak nails in basin of water of safe and comfortable temperature before proceeding to remove residue under nails

Step 7

Remove residue from under nails with orangewood stick

Step 8

Dry hand after soaking

Step 9

Leave nails smooth and free of jagged edges

Step 10

Apply lotion to hand after nails are cleaned and shaped

Step 11

Rinse and dry basin, store equipment, and dispose of soiled linen and trash when procedure completed

Step 12

Utilize Standard Precautions and infection control measures throughout procedure

Step 13

Promote resident comfort throughout procedure

Step 14

Promote resident rights throughout procedure

Step 15

Promote resident safety throughout procedure

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