Twenty-three elderly patients, who had experienced repair of a fractured hip with Richards' compression nail and plate,were surveyed in a midwestern general hospital over a four and one-half month period. This study, which measured which position best maintained comfort postoperatively for these patients, demonstrated that the best way of positioning patients was not always as perceived by nurses. The study also correlated positioning with body weight and with sleeping side habit. Findings verified previous research on pain and nursing comfort measures. The quality of nursing care can be demonstratively improved when the diagnosis of these elderly patients is not allowed to preclude the provision of appropriate therapy and nursing care.