[HELP] Easy or good ways to remember general PEDIATRIC vital sign parameters?

  1. Hi there,

    I'm still in nursing school and just finished my Pedi/OB clinicals. While I learned a lot I just can't get Pedi VS to stick in my head! It's frustrating and I think part of my problem is dealing with the different age groups.

    Do any of you new or seasoned ER Nurses have a special way/rhyme or reason or method of generally recalling PEDI vital sign parameters? Since nursing is huge on assessment this to me seems pretty important.

    I hate relying on my PDA--any of your comments would GREATLY BE APPRECIATED!!!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   MrsMommaRN
    i just finished my peds rotation too. the whole vs thing has me going to. during clinicals i had a 10 month old with a bp that i thought was wnl for that age. i was way wrong. i got reemed for not reporting a bp that was in the lower range. (she was ok)
    as for remembering i think its just a matter of repitition. are you planning on a career in peds? or are you thinking ahead of the nclex and what you might need to know? your pda can be your best friend:wink2:
  4. by   goats'r'us
    make up a card with all the parameters on it, and hand it on your id badge, so all you need to do is flip it over and look.
  5. by   wooh
    ^^^Yup, I carry a little booklet with me at work now that I'm in peds. Whenever something looks out of whack (after a while, you may not remember the exact numbers, but you'll get a feel for what's ok and what's not), I just flip to the right page.
  6. by   azzurra29
    Thanks for all the replies.

    mom2bears: I'm thinking more along the lines of working in the ED so that's why I need to brush up my Pedi VS skills.
  7. by   onlyanrn
    Rote memoriozation worked for me. Also, most large ers have posters with pediatric vitals, tube sizes, and the liek posted in their trauma bays.
  8. by   vamedic4
    Just remember...if it SEEMS too low, or too high, it probably is and it warrants letting someone know.
    I routinely see infants with pressures of 60/20 and this is normal for them but I notify EVERY TIME just in case we have to reassess and vary the treatment plan.

    More experience and great memorization/assessment skills will go a long way in your feeling more comfortable with little ones.

    Good luck to you.

    vamedic4
    Time and a half tonight!!!!! Hooo ahhh!!
  9. by   rnurse2b
    I also have a parameters sheet that I re-sized and added it to the back of my name badge for those times when I'm just not sure. After a while, you just know. Always remember to assess the patient first and then the numbers and you can always re-check when you feel it may be needed.

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