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Basic Care and Comfort

The Basic Care and Comfort section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse’s ability to provide basic comfort and assistance to patients and assist them with the tasks of daily living. Below is a list of terms and concepts covered on the exam.

Assistive Devices

  • prosthetic limbs
  • hearing aid
  • assistive devices
  • compensatory techniques
  • eating utensils
  • telecommunication devices
  • dentures

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

  • music therapy
  • relaxation therapy


  • irrigations
  • nasogastric
  • urethral catheter tubes
  • wash frequently
  • barrier creams/ointments


  • skin breakdown
  • contractures
  • external fixation device
  • halo traction
  • anti-embolic stockings
  • sequential
  • compression devices
  • skin care
  • turn client
  • alternating pressure mattress
  • skeletal traction
  • impaired skin integrity

Non-Pharmacological Comfort Interventions

  • heat and cold treatments
  • elevate limb
  • pain rating scale
  • verbal reports

Nutrition and Oral Hydration

Palliative/Comfort Care

  • end-of-life physical symptom management
  • nonverbal signs of pain/discomfort

Personal Hygiene

  • post-mortem care

Rest and Sleep

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