CNA Skill Fowler’s Position

The CNA skill of fowler’s position will likely be tested on your state’s CNA exam. Properly placing residents in a fowler’s position will be a critical daily task when working with residents and this skill needs to be successfully mastered. 

To learn all the necessary steps for this skill, please watch this CNA Skill Fowler’s Position for a complete demonstration of the skill. 

CNA Skill – Placing a Resident Into Fowler’s Position

The process of performing of skill of placing a resident into Fowler’s Position for a CNA skills exam is as follows:

  1. Perform the standard CNA beginning tasks. Knock before entering the patient’s room, greet the patient by name, introduce yourself, explain the task you are about to perform, close the privacy curtain, and wash your hands.
  2. Raise the bed up so that the resident’s head is up 60 to 90 degrees, enabling good airflow.
  3. Grab your supplies.
  4. Take the top sheet and put it down so it is easier to place pillows around the resident. 
  5. Place a pillow behind the resident’s head. 
  6. Place pillows underneath the arms, under the elbows. 
  7. Place pillows underneath the legs, under the calves. 
  8. Lower the bed, but keep the resident’s leg.  
  9. Perform your standard completion tasks – wash your hands, ensure the patient has a clean environment, ask if they are comfortable, give them their call light and close their privacy curtain.

* Please be sure to consult the testing materials provided by the skills test provider in your state to ensure that these steps for Fowler’s Position are in compliance. The procedure in different states and from different test providers can vary slightly and greatly affect your score.