Range of Motion, Positioning, Lifting and Transferring - Online Inservice

When patients are recovering from illness, are disabled, or have limited mobility, they may require assistance to move around in bed, to transfer from the bed to a chair or wheelchair, or to ambulate. Changing patient positions in bed and mobilization are vital to maintain flexibility, muscle strength, prevent skin breakdown and pressure injuries, and help body systems function properly. The amount of assistance required depends on the patient’s health status, age, level of mobility, and more. As a nurse aide or caregiver, you may be asked to help with range of motion exercises, and to assist in positioning, lifts, and patient transfers. It is imperative to have a good understanding of proper techniques and body mechanics to prevent injury in both yourself and the patient.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of range of motion exercises and proper positioning.
  2. Demonstrate range of motion exercises.
  3. List different positioning techniques to assist clients with limited mobility.
  4. Recognize safe lifting and transferring techniques.


Chapter 1: Range of Motion

  • Why Is Motion Important?
  • Range of Motion Terms to Know
  • Range of Motion Exercises

Chapter 2: Positioning

  • Basic Rules of Positioning
  • Positions for Patient Care

Chapter 3: Lifting and Transferring

  • Ergonomics
  • Posture
  • Assistive Devices
    • Gait Belts
    • Hoyer Lifts
  • Lifting and Transferring Techniques
  • Falls & Assisted Falls

Chapter 4: References

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Capra Garrison

Capra Garrison, Registered Nurse, has more than 33 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #: 7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the Florida and Wyoming Boards of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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