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Helping Patients with Personal Hygiene

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Beginner to Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

This CNA inservice provides information on helping patients with personal hygiene.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus


  • Introduction
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Oral Hygiene for the Conscious Patient
  • Oral Hygiene for the Unconscious Patient
  • Cleaning Dentures
  • Body Hygiene
  • Bathing the Patient
  • Perineal Care
  • Washing the Hair, Shaving, and Caring for the Nails
  • Helping the Patient with Elimination

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most important rule to follow when helping patients with personal hygiene.
  • Identify the correction definition of oral hygiene.
  • Identify one important safety precaution that must be observed when cleaning dentures.
  • Identify what the letters NPO mean.
  • Identify the correct frequency for providing oral care for the patient who is unconscious.
  • Identify the proper temperature for bath water.
  • Identify an important rule for shaving patients.
  • Identify an important rule for cutting nails.
  • Identify patients for which nail care may be especially hazardous.
  • Identify two responsibilities of the CNA when helping the patient with elimination.


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