CNA Skill How To Shave a Resident

The CNA skill of properly shaving a resident will likely be tested on your state’s CNA exam. Being able to properly and safely give you residents a shave is a skill that you will have to know when working as a CNA.  

To learn all the necessary steps for this skill, please watch this CNA Skill How to Shave a Resident for a complete demonstration of the skill. 

CNA Skill How to Shave a Resident

The process of performing the skill of shaving a resident 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. Gather your supplies.
  3. Raise the head of the bed. 
  4. A critical part of the CNA Skill how to shave a resident test is to make sure you check the resident’s skin for any moles, rashes, or lesions. 
  5. Have the resident check the temperature of the water to make sure it is comfortable. 
  6. Be sure the razor is clean and in good condition.
  7. Soften the beard with a wet towel, then dispose. 
  8. Apply shaving cream to the resident’s face. 
  9. Change your gloves, wash your hands and put on new gloves. 
  10. When shaving, be sure to pull the skin apart and have downward. 
  11. Be sure to do the face and neck. 
  12. Take a new damp washcloth and remove the excess shaving cream. 
  13. Take a new towel and pat dry his face. 
  14. 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 CNA Skill How to Shave a Resident are in compliance. The procedure in different states and from different test providers can vary slightly and greatly affect your score.