Clinical Nursing Skills Flashcards

Confidently prepare for Skills Check-Offs in your nursing program.
Review and refresh on skills in your nursing practice.

These flashcards provide step-by-step instructions along with best practices for most skills used by practicing nurses and for the skills tested by most nursing schools during the laboratory portion of Fundamentals. This one-of-a-kind resource supplements the skills portion of nursing school, and provides chronological instructions using the most current evidence-based practice to allow students to continue studying and practicing at home.

Who can use these?

  • PN and RN nursing students
  • New grad nurses in all adult specialties
  • Practical and Registered nurses
  • Unlicensed assistive personnel who are qualified to perform certain skills (e.g., telemetry techs, ER techs/medics)

What’s included?

  • Clinical Nursing Skills Flashcards, covering 10 topic areas:
    • Infection Control
    • Basic Care & Comfort
    • Activity & Immobility
    • Skin Integrity
    • Nutrition & Metabolism
    • Urinary Elimination
    • Bowel Elimination
    • Oxygenation
    • Intravenous Therapy
    • Medication Administration
  • Ninety (90) durable 3” x 5” flashcards. A cover card and index is also provided.
  • A glossy front and a matte back for easy note-taking.
  • Important terms or facts called out in bolded, red text.
  • Cool Chicken Helpful, silly hints highlighted with a Cool Chicken icon.
  • Magnifying Glass Key nursing considerations indicated with a magnifying glass.
  • Searchable Clinical Nursing Skills Index including a detailed list of topics for easy reference

Clinical Nursing Skills Flashcards Topics

Infection Control

  • Hand Hygiene (Soap and Water)
  • Donning and Doffing PPE
  • Sterile Field: Best Practices
  • Sterile Gloving
  • Preparing a Sterile Field
  • Adding Items to a Sterile Field: Best Practices

Basic Care & Comfort

  • Vital Signs: Temperature (Oral, Temporal, Tympanic, Axillary, Rectal)
  • Vital Signs: Pulse (Radial, Apical)
  • Vital Signs: Respirations
  • Vital Signs: Blood Pressure
  • Vital Signs: Assessment of Orthostatics
  • Occupied Bed Making
  • Bed Bath
  • Oral Care and Denture Care

Activity & Immobility

  • Safe Patient Movement: Best Practices
  • Controlled Patient Fall
  • Moving Patient Up in Bed
  • Lateral Transfer
  • Standing Transfer: Bed to Chair/Wheelchair

Skin Integrity

  • Sterile Wound Dressing Change
  • Wound Irrigation
  • Wound Culture
  • Removing Sutures/Staples
  • Emptying Closed Drain (JP Drain, Hemovac)
  • Site Care of Closed Drain (JP Drain, Hemovac)

Nutrition & Metabolism

  • Capillary Blood Glucose Sampling
  • NG Tube Insertion
  • NG Tube Care: Best Practices
  • NG Tube Removal
  • Enteral (Tube) Feedings: Best Practices
  • Enteral (Tube) Feedings: Closed System/Feeding Pump
  • Enteral (Tube) Feedings: Open System/Gravity Feed

Urinary Elimination

  • Bladder Scanner
  • Midstream Clean Catch
  • External Catheters: Condom Cath
  • Straight Catheter Insertion (Female)
  • Straight Catheter Insertion (Male)
  • Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion (Female)
  • Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion (Male)
  • Collecting Sterile Urine Specimen from an Indwelling Catheter
  • Closed Continuous Catheter Irrigation
  • Indwelling Urinary Catheter Care: Best Practices
  • Indwelling Catheter Removal

Bowel Elimination

  • Large Volume Cleansing Enema Administration
  • Fecal Occult Blood (FOB) Test
  • Emptying an Ostomy Bag
  • Changing an Ostomy Appliance


  • Incentive Spirometer: Patient Education
  • Respiratory Specimen Collection: Oropharyngeal, Nasopharyngeal, Sputum
  • Inserting Adjunct Airways: Oropharyngeal, Nasopharyngeal
  • Tracheal Suctioning
  • Tracheostomy Care: Cleaning Reusable Inner Cannula
  • Tracheostomy Care: Cleaning Tracheostomy Site
  • 12 Lead EKG: Electrode Placement (with illustration)
  • Defibrillation

Intravenous Therapy

  • IV Start
  • Peripheral IV Care: Best Practices
  • Primary Line: IV Fluids/Bolus
  • Peripheral IV Removal
  • PICC Line: Blood Draw
  • Central Line Dressing Change
  • Central Line Removal
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Blood Transfusion: Best Practices

Medication Administration

  • Safe Medication Administration: Best Practices
  • Oral Route: Best Practices
  • Sublingual/Buccal Route: Best Practices
  • Optic Route
  • Otic Route
  • Nasal Route
  • Inhalation Route: Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI), Dry-Powder Inhaler (DPI)
  • Transdermal Route
  • NG/PEG Tube Route
  • Glass Ampules and Multidose Vials
  • Mixing Insulin
  • Intradermal Injections
  • Subcutaneous Injections
  • Intramuscular Injections
  • Landmarking Sites for Intramuscular Injections (with illustration)
  • Needle Insertion Angles (with illustration)
  • IV Push with Continuous IV Running
  • IV Push through Saline Lock
  • IV Piggyback
For more detail, check out the searchable, interactive index of Clinical Nursing Skills Topics.

Which Nursing Exams Do These Flashcards Help With?

  • Skills check-offs
  • NCLEX and comprehensive predictor exams (e.g., ATI, HESI)
  • Fundamentals of Nursing exams

Who will level up their learning using these flashcards?

  • Nursing students
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Respiratory Therapy (RT)
  • Lab Tech
  • Pharmacy Tech

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The Legend of Cool Chicken

Have you heard the legend of Cool Chicken? It is our most memorable (and talked about) memory aide. As it turns out, nursing material is a lot more fun to learn when you make up silly stories to "explain" the concepts.

This wacky hint has its origin in our Pharmacology videos!

Colchicine is a medication used to treat an acute gout attack.

HINT: Colchicine kind of looks like 'cool chicken'.

Guy to his friend with a chicken: "Hey man, cool chicken. OUCH! Your chicken just pecked and cut my gouty toe!"

The Level Up RN community loved this hint, and it was the reason we started adding more hints to our flashcards.

The Cool Chicken highlights a silly memory device that makes it easier to learn the material you need to know!

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