Equipment Needed

Bedside table
2 washclothes
Orange stick
Nail file

Nail Care One Hand

  1. Introduce self to resident.
  2. Identify that hands should be washed.
  3. Explain procedure to the resident.
  4. Immerse nails in comfortably warm water and soak for at least five (5) minutes. (The five minutes may be verbalized.)
  5. Gently push cuticle back with wet wash cloth.
  6. Dry hands thoroughly, being careful to dry hand and between fingers.
  7. Gently clean under nails with orange stick. (No Longer Key)
  8. File each fingernail.
  9. Empty, rinse and dry equipment and return to storage.
  10. Discard linen in linen hamper.
  11. Discard orange stick in the designated sharp container.
  12. Return equipment to storage.
  13. Maintain respectful, courteous interpersonal interaction at all times.
  14. Leave call light or signaling device within easy reach of the resident.
  15. Identify hands should be washed.

Skills key can be found on the D & S Video title page.