Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal #28


Which body position does the nurse document for a patient who assumes a face-down position while sleeping?


  1. Prone
    • Rationale:

      The prone position is one where the patient is face-down and is often assumed while sleeping.

  2. Supine
    • Rationale:

      The supine position is described as a patient lying horizontally with the face and torso facing up.

  3. Fowler
    • Rationale:

      The Fowler position is a standard patient position in which the patient is semi-sitting and may have knees either bent or straight.

  4. High-Fowler
    • Rationale:

      The high-Fowler position is one in which the head of the patient’s bed is elevated as high as possible, typically 60 to 90 degrees in relation to the lower half of the body.


As a nurse, it is important to understand that positioning is often about so much more than just patient comfort.


Learning Outcomes

The right position can have a huge impact on patient health and recovery. As a nurse, knowing the correct position for each patient care situation is crucial and can impact the patient’s musculoskeletal health. The prone position indicates that the patient is face-down.

Test Taking Tip

Consider the definition for each answer choice to answer this question correctly.

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