Utilizing critical thinking and the nursing process, the student is expected to:
- Define body mechanics
- Discuss essential principles for safe and efficient body mechanics.
- Correctly demonstrate the ability to utilize proper body mechanics with all nursing activities.
Moving and Transferring a Patient:
- Describe basic guidelines for moving and transferring a patient.
- Describe essential steps of techniques for moving and transferring patients and identify rationale for selected steps.
- Correctly demonstrate the procedure for: (with a partner)
- moving a patient up in bed
- moving a patient from bed to chair and bed to stretcher
- turning a patient in bed, logrolling
- Discuss guidelines of wheelchair safety
- Explain several undesired outcomes of allowing a patient to lay in one position for an extended period of time.
- Discuss measures to ensure the patient’s body is maintained in proper alignment for all positions.
- Demonstrate placing a patient in the following positions:
- lateral, side-lying
- fowlers / semi- fowlers / high-fowlers
- Demonstrate proper techniques in assisting a patient to ambulate with or without assistive devices.
- Describe several aids that are used for ambulating and rationale for use.
- Demonstrate proper technique for protecting the safety of the patient during a fall.