Restorative Nursing: Range of Motion and Positioning for Nursing Assistants

Restorative Nursing: Range of Motion and Positioning for Nursing Assistants 

Range of motion, or ROM, and proper positioning are very important for the well-being of the people you care for. Proper positioning helps maintain skin integrity, internal organ function, and comfort. Immobility will cause muscles and tendons to atrophy, or shrink, limiting mobility and making joint movement painful. If immobility continues, a contracture, which is a shortening or hardening of muscles or tendons, will eventually form. Proper range of motion techniques can help prevent these from developing.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.70 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

0.75 HOURS

Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CE1729999

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

0.75 HOURS

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-RNRMPNA
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify the difference between flexion and extension of a joint.
Identify the difference between adduction and abduction of a joint.
Identify two exercises to properly put each joint discussed through passive ROM.
Identify five locations of pressure points on the body.
Identify three common positions that people can be placed in.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Proper Positioning A. Promoting Comfort and Well-being B. Skin Injury Prevention C. Common Positions D. Position Precautions E. Positioning Devices F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Understanding Range of Motion A. Why are these Exercises Necessary? B. Encourage Motion Exercise C. Types of ROM D. Joint Movement Factors E. Review F. Summary Section 4: Range of Motion Exercises- Starting from the Top A. Learning ROM Exercises B. Exercising the Shoulder C. Exercising the Elbow D. Exercising the Wrist E. Exercisig the Thumb F. Exercising the Fingers G. Repeat on Opposite Side H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Range of Motion- the Lower Half of the Body A. Exercising the Hip B. Exercising the Knee C. Exercising the Ankle D. Exercising the Feet and Toes E. Exercising the Toes F. Repeat Steps on Opposite Side G. After ROM Exercises H. Review I. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary H. Course Contributors I. Resources J. References K. Congratulations L. Exam

Instructor: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Hospice, Post-Acute Care.
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