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CNA Skill How to Measure Weight

As a Certified Nursing Assistant, you will often check a residents/ patient weights as part of the care you provide. Correctly weighing a resident is very important in to providing an accurate and consistent assessment of resident’s nutritional status.. Accurate weight measurements can assist the healthcare team with assessing the resident’s nutrition and hydration status.

Weight loss in those who are older and fail  can affect health, safety, and quality of life. For Residents/Patients  with morbid obesity, a controlled and careful weight loss can improve mobility and health status. There are several medical illnesses that can affect a resident’s ability to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration. Weight loss may be the first important indicator of a change in the resident’s health status or environment.

Measuring patient weight is considered a routine resident assessment that is frequently delegated to Certified Nursing Assistant. It is vital that CNAs carrying out this measurement are trained and have access to appropriate equipment that is regularly calibrated.

Certified Nursing Assistant Steps to Measure and Records Weight of Ambulatory Client

Explains procedure, speaking clearly and slowly
Make sure Resident/Patient has shoes on before walking to scale
Set scale to zero – client steps on scale – measure weight
Client steps off scale
Before recording – wash hands
You will need to Record clients weight +/- 2 pounds of evaluators reading

Measuring a Resident/Patient may be on the clinical portion of the CNA state exam. You may be required to bring someone to act as your patient while you perform the skill tasks.  You should be competent in all basic nursing skills.  This is considered your scope of duties and responsibilities, the skills you were taught in your training program.  No matter what Clinical skills that you are required to perform,  concentrate on the handbook and the steps that are provided when it comes to learning a procedure.