Taking the state test soon. question about vital signs

  1. Im taking the state test soon at the end of this month. I was going over the skills today and vital signs looks like its going to be the hardest. I know that they will randomly pick 5 skills but someone said vital signs and handwashing most likely will be the ones chosen.

    Anyways about the pulse. Im having a hard time with this one. Sometimes im close to the same pulse after I count and sometimes im off. I heard you can only be off 2 on the state test. Do you guys find it easier counting the pulse one full minute or 30 seconds? I am finding the radial pulse. I know its on the side of the thumb. Issue is when I count my pulse my pulse skips sometimes lol. I have a heart murmur. Doc said I was born with it. So anyways it makes it harder to count. I try to close my eyes so I can concentrate but then I find that sometimes I lose the pulse still. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. I know respiration is another vital sign. You just count the expiration and inspiration as one breath for one minute right? Should i place my hand on their back to count that? I remember when we did our clinicals it was kinda hard to count the respiration when people were talking and depending on the person sometimes u can see their cheast rise and fall.
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  3. by   Tamimac
    I am taking the NC-CNA exam this Saturday, and I have found that testing vital signs on someone else is "vital". Ha! And, yes- respirations is one count per "rise of the chest". You must try the free You Tube videos that I am using for SKILLS study about vitals, etc. In your search just type in "certified nursing assistant skills help videos"- I love what jtduncan has posted- hers are THE BEST! Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvgSVg8g2bc

    Good luck to you ALL! Tamimac
  4. by   sweettiff4prez
    thank u!
  5. by   magicnurse
    Is this for the CNA? Yes, you will have to know vital signs. Count to the full minute and nothing less.