Safe Resident Handling - Traditional Inservice

The traditional in-service format is designed to provide home health care providers, assisted living facilities, and skilled and long term care facilities all that is needed to deliver informative in-services to your certified nurse aides and staff. With our new unique design of in-service presentations you can take advantage of traditional in-person presentation methods and add modern teaching techniques of a visual presentation, interactive review questions and video presentations. Use our online course display to make your presentation visual, informative, fun, and interactive, incorporating all aspects of adult learning techniques.  With the use of a projector, screen, smart TV, or laptop our online in-services and interactive features, such as review questions and video teaching segments, are easily presented to the audience.

Our traditional format provides you with complete printable course curriculum handouts, final test/exam handout, final exam key for the presenter, sign in sheets to track attendance, printable certificates of completion, as well as printable skill competency checklists to verify competence in all skills related to the in-service. 

This Safe Resident Handling course will provide participants with a review of the basic safety considerations and guidelines necessary to protect themselves and their residents from injury during activities of daily living (ADLs) related to positioning, lifting and transferring. This comprehensive review can be utilized for nursing assistive personnel throughout all healthcare settings, as the safety considerations for safe handling do not change according to level of acuity. Within this course, the participant will review the basics of body mechanics, preparing for safe positioning, lifting and transferring, identifying and appropriately using assistive devices, improving communication to promote safety, step-by-step instructions for a variety of safe transferring scenarios, safe operation of mechanical lift equipment, and how to complete incident reporting in a timely and thorough manner.   

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 
  1. Define proper body mechanics used for positioning, lifting and transferring.
  2. Explain several ways that workplace injury can be avoided.
  3. Identify potential complications and consequences of back injury.
  4. Summarize the importance of timely and thorough incident reporting.
  5. Describe ways to identify the resident’s needs related to positioning, lifting and transferring.
  6. Discuss how to safely use assistive devices for positioning, lifting and transferring.
  7. Explain how improving communication can promote safety.
  8. Explain how to safely use a mechanical lift for transferring.
  9. Demonstrate how to safely move a resident up in bed.
  10. Demonstrate how to safely assist a resident to sit on the side of the bed – “dangling”.
  11. Demonstrate how to safely transfer a resident from the bed to a stretcher.
  12. Demonstrate how to safely transfer a resident from the bed to wheelchair.
  13. Demonstrate how to safely transfer a resident onto and off of a toilet or bedside commode.
  14. Demonstrate how to safely assist a resident to ambulate using a transfer belt.


Chapter 1: Using Proper Body Mechanics to Prevent Injury

  • Principles of Body Mechanics
  • Protecting Your Back 
  • Preventing Patient Injury
  • Incident Reporting 

Chapter 2: Understanding the Patient’s Needs for Safe Positioning, Lifting and Transfers

  • Identifying the Patient’s Needs
  • Assessing the Load 
  • Understanding How to Safely Use Assistive Devices

Chapter 3:  Improving Communication to Promote Safety

  • Following the Patient Care Plan
  • Providing Instructions for Patients - Before, During and After Positioning, Lifts and Transfers
  • Asking for Help if Needed

Chapter 4: Step by Step Guide to Safe Positioning, Lifts and Transfers

  • Moving a Patient up in Bed
  • Positioning a Patient on their Side
  • Assisting a Patient to Sit Up on the Side of the Bed – “Dangling”
  • Transferring a Patient from Bed to Stretcher 
  • Transferring a Patient from Bed to Wheelchair 
  • Transferring a Patient onto and off of a Toilet or Bedside Commode
  • Transferring a Patient by Using a Mechanical Lift
  • Assisting a Patient to Ambulate Using a Transfer Belt

Chapter 5: Print Course Handouts

  • Course materials handouts; exam, exam key, certificate of completion, attendance sheet
  • Skill Check-off Lists
Chapter 6: References

Price: $59.00

Contact Hours: 1.5

Course Author

Damion Keith Jenkins

 Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN is the founder and CEO of a nursing education and consultation company - The Nurse Speak, LLC., where he specializes in the delivery of individualized tutoring, mentoring and consultation services for students, new graduate nurses, and healthcare facilities. Damion is also an adjunct nursing professor, an experienced travel nurse, and an active nurse blogger. 

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This online continuing education course provides 1.50 contact hour(s) of in-service education.

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