HCA Skills Summary Checklist

The following summary list could be used as an organizational tool to identify learning needs and record practise of HCA skills in the lab and clinical settings. It is not intended to replace scenario-based lab skills testing or assessment of meeting program learning outcomes for practice education placements.

This is a summary list only. It is expected that additional procedure criteria for each skill would be provided by the program in a lab skills manual. The program may wish to indicate skills with additional safety-related considerations (e.g., instructor is present for the first time demonstration of a skill in the clinical setting, two person mechanical lift policy, etc.).

Completion Criteria

Student Name:                                                        has demonstrated completion of the following personal care and assistance skills.

  • A check mark indicates that the skill was completed in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with established procedures and criterion.
  • Reviewed by identifier – Full name to be provided for first instances along with initials may be used thereafter for repeat reviewer.
HCA Skills Summary List Peer Review (in Lab) Instructor Review (in Lab) Instructor Review (in Clinical)
Prevents Infection
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Donning and removing mask

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Perineal care □ Perineal care of the penis

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□ Perineal care of the vulva

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Grooming □ Male

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Dressing and undressing

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Skin care

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Relieving pressure

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Assists with Movement
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Positioning a client in chair

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Positioning a client in bed – supine

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Use of a sit-to-stand lift

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Promotes Exercise and Activity
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Preventing falls

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Assisting with range of motion exercises

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Provides Elimination Assistance
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Care of indwelling urinary catheter

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Collecting specimens

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Promotes Client Well-Being
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Supporting comfort

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Changes Bed Linens
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Promotes Healthy Nutrition and Fluid Intake
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Feeding a client

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Measures Vital Signs
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Pulse

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Respiration

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Note: This sample tool has been included to align with Suggested Course Assessment 2 included in the Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance course and Suggested Course Assessment 1 included in the Practice Experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care course.

Download HCA Skills Summary Checklist [PDF].