Vital Sign Update
This course is intended to reinforce the appropriate measurements of vital signs in adults and older adult populations. Vital signs are key pieces of information that can indicate different illnesses, disease processes and health states of individuals. Vital signs, when taken appropriately, tell us about the heart, lungs, brain, and many other functioning or problematic systems. CNA’s are key in obtaining these vital signs. This course will help CNA’s measure vital signs accurately and understand why it is important to communicate abnormal findings with nursing staff along with what abnormal vital signs can indicate.
After successfully completing the course, students should be able to:
- Know where vital signs come from in the brain.
- Understand what a normal heart rate is.
- Understand what an abnormal heart rate findings can indicate and when it is abnormal.
- Understand what a normal respiratory rate.
- Understand what an abnormal respiratory rate findings can indicate and when it is abnormal.
- Understand what a normal temperature.
- Understand what an abnormal temperature finding can indicate and when it is abnormal.
- Understand what a normal blood pressure is.
- Understand what an abnormal blood pressure finding can indicate and when it is abnormal.
- Measure heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature appropriately.
Course Format and Teaching Method
- The course is led by an instructor in a classroom setting. Instructor will lead course with lecture content and discussion-based questions.
- A quiz will be administered with a required 75% pass score to achieve completion for the course.
Course Completion Certificate
NAC CE Credits: 4.0
- A lecture manual with the powerpoint slides will be passed out to each student at no additional charge.