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Vital Signs Nursing Clinical Skill
Information needed to pass the NRN101 Vital Signs Testable Skill requirement for clinical nursing
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Nursing
01/28/2011

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Normal temperature range for a healthy adult in degrees Celsius
Definition
36.0-37.5 degrees Celsius
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Normal temperature range for a healthy adult in degrees Fahrenheit
Definition
97.0-99.5 degrees Fahrenheit
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Normal pulse rate range for a healthy adult (beats per minute)
Definition
60-100 beats per minute
Term
Normal respiration range for a healthy adult (breaths per minute)
Definition
12-20 breaths per minute
Term
Normal blood pressure for a healthy adult (systolic over diastolic, millimeters of mercury)
Definition
120/80 mm Hg
Term
When taking an oral temperature reading, where do you place the thermometer?
Definition
In the posterior sub-lingual pocket
Term
What six things should you always do before taking vitals?
Definition
Check the physicians orders, identify self, perform hand hygiene, provide privacy, identify patient (name and date of birth), explain procedure
Term
What are two acceptable forms of patient identification?
Definition
Name and date of birth
Term
Name the 9 pulse points
Definition
Temporal, Carotid, Brachial, Radial, Apical, Femoral, Popliteal, Dorsalis pedis (pedal pulse), Posterior Tibial
Term
Where is the temporal pulse found?
Definition
On the temples
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Where is the Carotid pulse found?
Definition
On the neck
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Where is the brachial pulse found?
Definition
On the brachial artery under the elbow
Term
Where is the radial pulse found?
Definition
Underside of the wrist, on the thumb side
Term
Where is the apical pulse found?
Definition
Over the apex of the heart
Term
Where is the femoral pulse found?
Definition
In the groin
Term
Where is the popliteal pulse found?
Definition
Under the knee
Term
Where is the dorsalis pedis pulse (or pedal pulse) found?
Definition
On top of the foot
Term
Where is the posterior tibial pulse found?
Definition
Back of the foot, above the heel and to the side
Term
Name 10 factors that contribute to blood pressure variations in healthy adults
Definition
Age, Circadian rhythm, Gender, Food intake, Exercise, Weight, Emotional state, Body position, Race, Drugs
Term
How do you determine how much you should pump up the blood pressure cuff?
Definition
Estimate the systolic by palpating the pulse, inflating the cuff, and noting the point where you can no longer feel the pulse. Add 30 to that number.