5.27 Skills Checklist: Assisting With a Urinal

  1. Gather Supplies: Gloves, urinal, and barrier
  2. Routine Pre-Procedure Steps:
    • Knock on the resident’s door.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Maintain respectful, courteous, and professional communication at all times.
    • Introduce yourself and identify the resident.
    • Provide for privacy.
    • Explain the procedure to the resident.
  3. Procedure Steps:
    • Put on gloves.
    • Assist the resident to their preferred position of comfort and mobility status (e.g., seated on the side of the bed, lying in bed, or standing).
    • Place the urinal with the shaft of the penis well within the opening. Keep the urinal level to prevent urine spillage while the resident is urinating. If the resident has discomfort, a washcloth can be placed around the rim of the urinal to prevent skin issues.
    • Provide privacy while the resident voids.
    • Place a barrier on a flat surface.
    • Place the urinal on the barrier.
    • With the urinal at eye level, read the amount of urine and note its characteristics (i.e., color, clarity, sediment, or unusual odor).
    • Empty the urinal into the toilet.
    • Rinse the urinal and empty the rinse water into the toilet.
    • Return the urinal to storage.
    • Remove the gloves, turning them inside out.
  4. Post-Procedure Steps:
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Check for resident comfort and ask if anything else is needed.
    • Ensure the bed is low and locked. Check the brakes.
    • Place the call light or signaling device within reach of the resident.
    • Open the door and privacy curtain.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Document urinary output in mL and report any skin issues or changes noted with the resident.

View a YouTube video[1] of an instructor demonstrating assisting with a urinal:


  1. Chippewa Valley Technical College. (2022, December 3). Assisting with a Urinal. [Video]. YouTube. Video licensed under CC BY 4.0https://youtu.be/bLtm0TLEAFk


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