Patient Positions for Nurses. Self Learn session 7

This article is written for Nurses, by a Lecturer in Health Sciences. It describes the commonly used nursing positions. Diagrams and Pictures are included. This article will also be useful for individuals caring for sick relatives and friends.

Last but not least, these notes require you to have a nursing background to be able to fully understand the rationalizations for using the different positions. If you are unsure about any details please contact your lecturer or the institution. Do not risk harm to yourself, the patient, society or the institutions.

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  1. Sarjeet, thank you for these notes. These are excellent. Not too long, not too brief, just right. I did not get bored reading these.

  2. Good Day Dab,

    Your comments are appreciated. Wish I could do more to help students like youreslf.

  3. Good Day Debbie,

    I am sorry I could not respond earlier. Yes, lectures and long noes are boring. The aim here is to deliver useful information and I an not bound by university protocol about the length of notes or the format of notes.

    Here, I can tell you, “straight to to the point”. Thank you for taking the troumble to comment.

  4. Sorry for the typographical error. Here it is corrected for all readers.
    The second sentence should read, “Yes, lectures and long notes are boring”.

  5. I am an old fashioned nurse.I thought there was a position that was used where the head and chest of the patient where pointed downward to the crossed arms on the bed, and the buttocks where pointed upwards.(not very complimentary) Anybody heard of it?
    Also, isn’t there the lithotomy position for pelvic exams?

    Or have I been out of the field too long?

  6. hello, excellent work…..let know the books which you refered…

  7. hello, excellent work…..let know the books which you refered…

  8. Excellent notes, came in handy for a quick review.
    Please would you also include the thirty-degree oblique position.

  9. Judi, you are right. It seems certain positions were neglected in this article (i.e. lithotomy, trendelenburg, etc.), but the ones that were covered were done well.

  10. please send me different types of patient positions.

  11. Where do you live?

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