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I'm male nurse Chris. I'm new to the unit and still learning to prioritize. My patient needs to go to the bathroom but I'm really behind on charting. Maybe she can wait...
I've fallen and I can't get up!
Wow! If I had just assisted you to the bathroom you wouldn't have fallen!
Prioritizing actions is very important! It ensures patient safety and keeps me out of trouble!
Upon determining the patient's needs, the nurse sets priorities determining what needs attention first (Potter 284).
If you do not make accurate clinical decisions about a patient, undesirable outcomes will probably occur. Learn to attend and listen to the patient (Potter 284).
Utilize available resources, be flexible in recognizing that priority needs often change, and use time wisely (Potter 285). References Potter, P. A., Perry, A. G., Stockert, P., Hall, A. M., & Ostendorf, W. R. (2017). Fundamentals of Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier.
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