Project Description

For our showcase we recorded a video demonstrating the STNA skill of Pivot Transfer. In this video the STNA, Brooklyn, helps the resident, played by Mamie, move from a bed to a wheelchair with proper body mechanics. The STNA uses assistance with the Gait Belt. This is a skill that is required for state testing for Nurse Aide Certification. This skill is used in an Assisted Living or other medical settings when a resident has a medical condition that limits their ability to independently move themselves out of a bed.

Showcase Video

Content: The top 3 things I learned from this showcase were:


  • I learned that proper body mechanics are very important when doing skills.
  • I also learned that it is critical that all brakes, on both the bed and wheelchair, are locked to ensure safety.
  • I learned it is important to identify the resident and introduce yourself before providing care.
  • This also helped me see how, at times, skills are combined in an assisted living setting such as performing the hand hygiene skill before doing a pivot transfer.


  • I learned that pacing is different when you are videoing with narration than actually performing the skill with a resident.
  • I learned how it feels to be the resident being lifted. Being the resident, I was able to give feedback to my partner about how they were using the gait belt and ways they could improve their skill based on my experience as the resident.
  • An example of feedback that I was able to provide was that adjusting the tightness of the gait belt may make the lifting easier for the nurse aide and the resident.

Culture: This project relates or connects to my family, background, peers, community or my own personal interests in these ways:

Brooklyn: This showcase allowed me to practice for the STNA test. My future career goal is to be a Registered Nurse and eventually become a Nurse Anesthetist.  STNA certification is required for entrance into nursing programs. I will be the first generation in my family to attend college and I am doing everything I can to prepare myself for my future education and career.

Mamie: The video can serve as a current visual instructional tool to help peers review for the skills portion of the State Test for Nurse Aide certification. Other students will be able to watch the skill being performed versus just rereading the steps of the skill and this video provides a more up-to-date view of the PPE that now has to be used during a skill performed in a pandemic. It also gave me additional practice on a skill that I have the possibility of being tested on during my assessment on the STNA certification test.

Metacognition: In reflection, one thing that I would have done differently during my journey with this showcase is:

Brooklyn: I feel that I should have practiced the skill more before the actual filming. During the filming, I noticed I would mix steps from the Walking to Wheelchair Skills into the Pivot Transfer Skill which would cause us to do a retake.

Mamie: After reviewing the video I realized I had a scarf on and I should have taken the scarf off before the video. When I played the resident, I helped with the lifting during the pivot transfer, but in reality, the resident should not/is not able to assist with the lifting when using a gait belt.

Social/Emotional: One thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is:

Brooklyn: The one thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is learning the skill and building confidence in this skill. Doing the retakes during filming and preparing for filming allowed me to practice the skill more than the typical amount of time I would have practiced this skill.

Mamie: The one thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase was the fact that I built my confidence in this skill and in myself.

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