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Nail Care

Giving Nail Care

Step 1 Knock before entering the room. Identify and greet resident. Explain procedure. Wash your hands. Provide for privacy. Ask for consent.
Step 2 Position the over bed table in front of the seated resident. It should be low and close to the resident.
Step 3 Fill the kidney basin with warm water.
Step 4 Place the kidney basin on the over bed table on top of the paper towels.
Step 5 Put the resident’s fingers into the basin. Position the arms so that he or she is comfortable.
Step 6 Let the fingernails soak for 5 to 10 minutes (may verbalize without waiting). Re-warm the water as needed.
Step 7 Clean under the fingernails with the orange stick.
Step 8 Remove the kidney basin. Dry fingers thoroughly.
Step 9 Clip fingernails straight across with nail clippers.
Step 10 Shape nails with an emery board or nail file.
Step 11 Push cuticles back with a washcloth or orange stick. Apply lotion if desired
Step 12 Clean and return equipment and supplies to their proper places. Discard disposable supplies. Provide for comfort.
Step 13 * Attach signal light within resident’s reach.
Step 14 Wash hands and report & record observations.
Created by: na3