Nursing Assistant Unit 4

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject – Nursing Assistant                                                   

Grade – 11,12 

Unit- Vital Signs                                                                   

Pacing – 3 weeks

Essential Question(s):

  • How can our proficiency in taking vital signs impact the overall health and well-being of our patients?
  •  What important facts about each of the vital signs must we be aware of?
  • How can one’s efficiency in interpreting and reporting of vital signs play a major role in a patient’s well-being?


Big Idea(s):

  • The proper techniques for taking vital signs can help us to collect information vital to the health of our patients.
  • The vital signs are often the first key indicator that something abnormal is going on with the patient.  Therefore, we must understand what results mean.
  • One’s ability to interpret and report vital signs accurately is critical to the patient’s well-being.


CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” Standards)

  • Students will  demonstrate effective skills in recording and reporting patient information.
  • Students will demonstrate clinical skills in a safe and effective manner when interacting with patients in a clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate the safe and appropriate use of equipment and supplies.


 “Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


Know each of the vital signs and it’s ability to

Indicate a change in the patient’s medical condition.


In order to utilize the results of vital sign readings, we must know what is normal and what is abnormal.


The students must know and understand how the specific equipment used in measuring vital signs works.


A good technique in taking vital signs  is essential so as to obtain accurate results.


Be able to apply the knowledge and skills previously acquired when taking another person’s vitals.

Name the vital sign and explain how it becomes an indicator of the current medical status  of our patient.


Be able to recite the normal ranges for each of the vital signs.



Label each piece of equipment that is used .

Understand and be able to explain the purpose of each part of the equipment.


Be able to demonstrate each skill  necessary to be able to take a patient’s vital signs.


Working in pairs, students will monitor each other’s vital signs.