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Vital signs validation
by Danett Cantey - Monday, July 27, 2015, 12:19 PM

I'm looking to see how other SON validate vital signs before the students go to clinicals. Our ABSN students are not required to be CNAs, so we teach VS in the first semester. Our faculty is looking for a better way of completing vital sign check-offs for 70 students prior to going to clinicals. Our school has tried different methods that involved scheduled lab times. Sometimes students uses a manniquin simulator. Sometimes the student uses another student to assess their VS and then faculty/clinincal instructor rechecks the BP with an electronic BP cuff, or listen along with a teaching stethoscope. What method of VS validation does your school use or has worked well in the past? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Re: Vital signs validation
by Shirley Clarke - Monday, July 27, 2015, 3:46 PM

HI we are currently following the similar method as you. The students practice on the task trainers for BP then on each other using only manual methods. We try not to introduce the electronic devices until the students are in term 2 - however they are present in all clinical settings. Faculty then use a teaching stethoscope to evaluate the accuracy of the BP and HR with the student. Since we can set the BP on the task trainers, we can tell the students how far off they are when they are practicing. It is a long process and it continues outside the lab in the clinical setting as well.

I look forward to hearing what other people are doing