Normal Vital Signs You Need to Know in Nursing School. Click through to get this FREE printable Vital Signs Cheat Sheet. Take it to clinical so you always remember your normal vitals.

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Basic Pain Scale Chart - A pain scale measures a persons pain intensity, and are based on self-report, observational (behavioral), or physiological data. Various pain scales are available for neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and persons whose communication is impaired. Pain assessments are often regarded as "the 5th Vital Sign."

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Things to ask for in a report: Name, age, diagnosis, MD (the one you’re going to call, not the one who hasn’t seen him in a week), activity level, diet. Presenting complaint. Tests done and tests pending. Meds given in ED (if recently arrived) and meds that need to be given before the end of the shift. Orders. Admitting/discharge paperwork done. Vital signs throughout the shift, and important changes (improvements or decompensation) and what’s been done about it.

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