Taking Vital Signs – Nursing Practice Test Questions

Taking Vital Signs is a critical part of nursing and appears on many nursing and nursing assistant, nursing aide certification exams.

Nursing Assistant/Nursing Aide – CNA, NNAAP, NCMA
Medical Assistant – RMA, CMA, NCMA
First Responder, EMT


John, a 78 year old man with Dementia has been assigned to you. He fell out of his bed and sprained his wrist. He is diabetic and suffers from left-sided weakness due to a stroke. He requires total care and assistance with everything he does. He has dentures. He can no longer walk alone, feed himself, bathe or dress himself, and he is incontinent of urine and stool. His vital signs are to be monitored q 4 hrs.

1. The taking of John’s vital signs includes

  1. Temperature, blood pressure, respirations. and pulse
  2. blood pressure, respirations, pulse and ROM
  3. temperature, I&O, respirations, pulse and blood pressure
  4. All of the above

2. When taking John’s blood pressure, you should make certain that

  1. The cuff is the correct size
  2. John is lying on his left side
  3. The cuff is positioned dependent to his elbow
  4. The cuff is pumped to at least 20 mm above his baseline b/p

3. The most accurate temperature is obtained when taken

  1. Under the arm
  2. Rectally
  3. At the groin
  4. In the ear

4. When counting the pulse rate, you may use the pulse at what points?

  1. The carotid artery
  2. The radial artery
  3. The apical area of the heart via the chest using a stethoscope
  4. All of the above


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