This course presents the proper procedure for taking an oral temperature. While there are other physical sites for obtaining an individual’s body temperature, such as the rectal route, tympanic membrane in the ear, axillary or underarm, skin, and temporal artery on the forehead, this course only provides the procedure for the oral method. It also identifies individuals who are unable to have their temperature taken orally.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Taking an Oral Temperature
A. Body Temperatures
B. Individuals Who Are Unable to Have an Oral Temperature Taken
Section 3: Conclusion
B. Course Contributor
Jennifer has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She is certified as an OASIS Specialist- Clinical (COS-C). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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