can an unlicensed nursing assistant empty foley's?


Can an "unlicensed" nursing assistant empty foley's? or do you have to be certified to do that?


547 Posts

Specializes in LTC, MDS, Education.

Don't see why not, as long as they have demonstrated that they know how to do it........:)


45 Posts

Specializes in LTC, CNA/SPN.

I have no idea but I don't see why not. I actually never did it until after I was certified and had my first job (somehow missed that during clinicals). It took two minutes for someone to show me how to do it.

realnursealso/LPN, LPN

2 Articles; 783 Posts

Specializes in Peds Homecare. Has 34 years experience.

Why would you need a license to empty a foley?


362 Posts

That's what the nursing assistant training is all about. Nothing more pretty much.

I think this is a task that personal care workers can perform. They are not certified or licensed.


28 Posts

Specializes in cna.

i dont think you have to be licensed o do that. its very simple as long as you dont pull on it.


64 Posts

Specializes in Medsurg, home health, ob and rehab. Has 7 years experience.

yes anyone can empty a foley, it does not hurt or touch the pt

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7,066 Posts

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 47 years experience.

Gonna make your answers 9 for 9 - yes, with the caveat that you may need to document amount on an I and O sheet and/or describe the color/clarity/odor of the urine and report abnormal findings.


69 Posts

I will answer your question with a question........

Does a bird have wings? Do cows go moo? Does the earth spin? you get the picture


47 Posts

they can , and they do- where I work