Prelicensure BSN Clinical Skills List

This skills list will be achieved during Prelicensure nursing education. An original will be retained in the campus skills lab. Students may carry a copy of the skills list with them for clinical sign offs – sign offs should be transferred to the master list periodically with lab or clinical faculty verifying the transfer. Original will be retained in student file upon graduation. Other tasks may be added to the list.


  • Applying bandages and binders
  • Assessment: Performing head to toe assessment
  • Bed bath
  • Bed making occupied
  • Bed making unoccupied
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Carb counting/insulin management: Basic
  • CPR/basic life support
  • Denture care
  • Documentation in chart/HER
  • Enema administration
  • Feeding a resident
  • Foot care, including performing a food/lower leg assessment
  • Infection control
  • Intake and output monitoring and calculation
  • Medical asepsis
  • Medication administration demonstrating 6 rights (patient, medication, dose, time, route, documentation)
  • Medication administration – inhalation
  • Medication administration – injection
  • Medication administration – oral/sublingual
  • Medication administration – optic/otic
  • Medication administration – enteral
  • Medication administration – rectal
  • Medication administration – vaginal
  • O2 management
  • Oral suctioning
  • Range of motion activities
  • Showering clients
  • Surgical asepsis
  • Teeth brushing
  • Transferring from bed to w/c
  • Transferring from w/c to bed
  • Managing a tube feeding resident: PEG/PEJ
  • Urine specimen collection: clean catch and sterile
  • Urinary catheter care: indwelling
  • Urinary catheter care: condom
  • Urinary catheter care: discontinue
  • Vital signs
  • Wound/dermal ulcers care


  • Arterial line: management
  • Arterial line: blood draw
  • Automated medication dispensing device
  • Closed bladder irrigation: continuous
  • Closed bladder irrigation: intermittent
  • Blood product administration: care for patient receiving blood products
  • Carb counting/insulin management: Advanced
  • Central venous line management: blood draw
  • Central venous line management: discontinue
  • Central venous line management: dressing change
  • Chest tube: dressing change
  • Chest tube: manage drainage system
  • Drainage tube management: JP, hemovac, penrose, rectal
  • ECG: apply leads and perform ECG
  • IV Therapy: discontinue
  • IV Therapy: manage
  • IV Therapy: insert
  • IV: prime & hang maintenance IV
  • IV: prime & administer secondary (piggyback)
  • IV push medication: administration
  • Nasogastric tube: discontinue
  • Nasogastric tube: management
  • Nasogastric tube: insertion
  • OR: scrub and gown
  • Orthopedic care client care
  • Ostomy care and management
  • Parental nutrition – peripheral (PPN): management
  • Parental nutrition – total (TPN): management
  • Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA): initiate
  • Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA): patient education and management
  • Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA): discontinue
  • Surgical wound: staple removal
  • Surgical wound: suture removal
  • Tracheostomy care/suctioning
  • Urinary catheterization: foley
  • Urinary catheterization: straight
  • Venipuncture – blood draw
  • Care of patient on ventilator/BiPap
  • Wound vacuum monitoring


  • Care of patient during intrapartum period
  • CPR/airway management of infant/child
  • Developmental assessments
  • Education on comfort holds/safety measures
  • Education on contraceptive methods
  • Hearing screening
  • Immunization administration
  • Infant/child feeding – breast, bottle and NG or G-tube
  • Leopold maneuvers
  • Maternal/newborn assessment and care
  • Neonatal resuscitation
  • Pediatric growth measurements
  • Pediatric IV therapy: IV medication administration
  • Pediatric IV therapy: start
  • Pediatric IV therapy: manage
  • Pediatric medication administration
  • Physical assessment of a child (including vital signs)
  • Post-partum assessments and care
  • Vision screening


  • Retain competence in J1, J2, S1 skills – this will necessitate skills competence labs or clinicals where these skills are demonstrated
  • Community windshield assessment
  • Environmental assessment appropriate for setting (home, day care, etc.)
  • Tobacco cessation assessment and counseling
  • Health education to individual and family
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Group therapy leader
  • Detox assessment
  • Management of assaultive behavior
  • Therapeutic communication
Policy TitleBSN Clinical Skills List
Policy Inception Date06/2020
Policy Applicable PartyCollege of Nursing Undergraduate Students
Date of Last Change06/2020
Responsible Party, Level I (to create and review)Center for Student Excellence
Responsible Party, Level II (to approve)CON Faculty
Responsible Party, Level III (to implement)Center for Student Excellence