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Nursing Mnemonics



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This next mnemonic is to help you remember what the activities of daily living are. So, those are your ADL’s and it can be kinda hard to remember exactly what all ADL entails. So, this mnemonic is to help you remember those specific tasks. So, it’s really important when someone’s admitted to the hospital, that we’re assessing their ability to care for himself or herself when they go home. So, their ability to bathe, walk, toilet on their own, it really helps us determine the level of care they will need when they leave the hospital. Keep in mind you’re not doing this independently as the nurse, you’re gonna be working with your physician and your occupational speech therapist, physical therapist, case manager, and everyone trying to figure out the level of care. But, it’s important that you are able to be an educated member of that discussion to say hey, the patient is appropriately completing their ADL’s. Or, you know, they’re not doing so hot with this and this. But these few things their doing well with. So, it’s important to know what those ADL’s are so you can advocate for the patient appropriately. So, the mnemonic is BATTED. BATTED. B – Bathing, A – Ambulation, T – Toileting, T – Transfers, E – Eating, and D – Dressing. So, we’ll go back through that. B – Bathing, you wanna make sure they can bathe themself, whether it’s in a shower or in a bath. A – Ambulation, how are they doing walking around? What do they need to walk around? Do they need a walker? Do they need a cane? Do they need any adaptive devices, rails or anything like that? T – Toileting, are they able to go to the bathroom and clean up after themselves? It’s really important, a very basic activity of daily living. T – Transfers, can they go from the bed to their wheelchair, if they are in a wheelchair? Can they go from sitting to standing? Can they go from the toilet back up the walker? Maybe they can sit down on the toilet but can they stand back up? So, those are transfers. E – Eating, can they feed themselves? Can they prepare their meals? Is that something that they need someone to come in and help not only feed them but prepare meals for them? And D – Dressing, can they put their clothes on by themselves? Do they need help with the dexterity to maybe fasten buttons, zip out zippers, get something around their shoulders? So, these are really important things to assess. So, BATTED, BATTED, Bathing, Ambulation, Toileting, Transfers, Eating and Dressing. One last time, Bathing, Ambulation, Toileting, Transfers, Eating and Dressing. The mnemonic again for ADL’s is BATTED.


This has been another episode of the nursing mnemonics podcast by NRSNG.com with your host, Katie Kleber, RN, CCRN. To grab all of our nursing cheat sheets, head over to NRSNG.com/freebies. That’s NRSNG.com/freebies. Thank you so much for being here today. We love you guys. We thank you so much. We want to see you guys succeed. Listen, we’re all in this together. Now, go out and be your best self today. Happy Nursing.

Date Published - Jun 1, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 30, 2017

Jon Haws RN

Written by Jon Haws RN

Jon Haws RN began his nursing career at a Level I Trauma ICU in DFW working as a code team nurse, charge nurse, and preceptor. Frustrated with the nursing education process, Jon started NRSNG in 2014 with a desire to provide tools and confidence to nursing students around the globe. When he's not busting out content for NRSNG, Jon enjoys spending time with his two kids and wife.