Measure and record routine vital signs (oral, rectal, and axillary temperature). (As required by the Virginia Board of Nursing regulation)
Measuring and recording should be performed according to the procedure in the Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook.
- How would you describe the anatomy of the circulatory system?
- What are the definitions of blood pressure, systolic, and diastolic, apical pulse, radial pulse, oral temperature, rectal temperature, axillary temperature, and tympanic temperature?
- When do vital signs need to be measured and recorded?
- What are the normal ranges for blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and temperature?
- What are the factors that influence blood pressure, pulse, and temperature?
- What are the proper techniques for taking pressure, pulse, respiration, and temperature?
- What factors help you determine the site of temperature measurement?
- What circumstances alert you to the need to immediately report vital signs?