Please please please
alert your nurse if you get a vital sign reading that is not within normal limits! Alert your nurse right away BEFORE it gets charted. S/he may want it redone by you or s/he may want to redo it. Please do NOT just chart it or write it down and leave for the nurse to find on her/his own. It is within your scope to know the normal limits for VS. Refresh your memory on them if need be. When in doubt, tell your nurse!!!
I'm posting this because I recently had a way off BP from my CNA. She knew it wasn't normal yet she didn't bring it to my attention. I redid the BP manually myself when I got around to noticing the note she left for me and it was normal, no harm to patient. When I talked to her about it she acknowledged it was an abnormal BP reading but had no excuse for not bringing it to my immediate attention.
All turned out ok and it was a learning experience for her that I'm wanting to share with you all here. You guys are SO valuable to nurses... you truly are our eyes and ears in so many situations. It's a team effort to take care of our patients/residents. Thanks to all of you for the hard work you do!