Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal #28


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


  1. Prone
    • Rationale:

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

  2. Supine
    • Rationale:

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

  3. Fowler
    • Rationale:

      The Fowler position is a standard client position in which the client 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 client’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 client comfort.


Learning Outcomes

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

Test Taking Tip

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

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