Vital Signs Quiz


A slow heart rate of less than a 60 bpm

A. tachycardia

B. bradcardia

C. tachypnea

D. bradypnea

In which procedure is lubricant required?
A. Aural temperature
B. Rectal temperature
C. Blood pressure
D. Pulse/respirations

What is the BP in the picture?
A.     136/90
B.     154/70
C.     140/80
D.     122/74

The area of the body where you take a radial pulse is

A. the neck

B. the wrist

C. the groin

D. the inside of the elbow

When taking a pulse, why should the thumb NOT be used?
A. The width of the thumb impedes an accurate feel for the pulse
B. The thumb has a pulse and can be confused with the patient’s pulse
C. The sensation of the thumb is not as good as it is in the middle two fingers
D. There is more dexterity in the fingers than there is in the thumb

You were assigned to take vital signs on an 80-year-old male nursing home resident who was recently admitted after having a stroke. Vital signs were B/P 130/90, T 99 .40 F, P 92, R 32. Which vital sign reflects a measurement within normal limits?
A. Blood pressure
B. Pulse
C. Respirations
D. Temperature

A normal Oral temperature is

A. 98.6

B. 99.4

C. 100.2

D. 97

A nursing assistant notes a patient’s blood pressure to be 148/96. Which is the BEST action the assistant can take?
A. Tell the patient the blood pressure reading
B. Report the reading to the patient’s nurse
C. Wait 15 minutes and repeat the procedure
D. Immediately repeat the procedure in the other arm

The breathing rate of the patient
A. Pulse
B. Respirations
C. Temperature
D. Pulse

How does the pulse rate and respiratory rate of a healthy toddler compare to that of a healthy 21-year-old?
A. Higher pulse, equal respirations
B. Lower pulse, lower respirations
C. Lower pulse, lower respirations
D. Higher pulse, higher respirations

In a blood pressure measurement of 132/86, the number 86 is the:
A. Bradycardia
B. Tachycardia
C. Diastolic
D. Systolic

Which patient is the BEST candidate for an oral temperature?
A. 1-year-old healthy infant
B. 16-year-old receiving his annual physical exam
C. 21-year-old patient on seizure precautions
D. 62-year-old comatose patient

What is the pulse?

A. Taking oxygen into the body through the lungs.

B. The average body temperature in human beings.

C. Number of heartbeats per minute.

What is the blood pressure in the picture?
A.     118
B.     118/78
C.     78
D.     78/70
E.     70

The following are routes to take a temperature EXCEPT …

A. oral

B. temporal

C. axillary

D. femoral

Which is considered an elevated temperature?
A. Aural 37.2 C
B. Axillary 38.4 C
C. Oral 37 C
D. Rectal 37.8 C

When assessing Mrs. Jefferson’s pain level, she tells you that her pain is 8/10. What should the nurse aide do next?

A. Tell the nurse.

B. Give Mrs. Jefferson her prescribed pain medication.

C. Ask Mrs. Jefferson where is the location of the pain.

D. Ask Mrs. Jefferson why she is in pain.

A pulse site at the neck

A. carotid

B. temporal

C. popliteal

D. femoral

The number on the bottom of a BP reading measures…
A. Pressure during a heart contraction
B. Pressure between heart beats
C. Pressure of the blood vessels on the blood
D. Thickness of blood

You were assigned to take vital signs on an 80-year-old male nursing home resident who appears to be having a stroke. Vital signs were B/P 152/94,

P 92, R 32, SpO2 89%. Which vital sign reflects a measurement within normal limits?

A. blood pressure

B. pulse

C. pulse oximetry

D. respirations

In order to avoid errors, whose approved list of abbreviations should you use when documenting vital signs?
A. American Medical Association
B. Health Science textbook
C. Board of Nursing
D. Your employer

a dusky, bluish discoloration of the skin, lips, and/or nail beds

A. rales

B. apnea

C. cyanosis

D. wheezing

difficult or labored breathing

A. bradypnea

B. dyspnea

C. orthopnea

D. tachypnea

A patient with tachycardia MOST likely has a/an:
A. Elevated temperature
B. Elevated blood pressure
C. Fast pulse
D. Increased respiratory rate

Where is radial (wrist) pulse measured?

A. On the pinky finger side of the patient’s wrist

B. Only on the left wrist

C. In the middle of the wrist

D. On the thumb side of the patient’s wrist


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