Christie, the nurse aide, informs John that both of their patients have need assistance. The patient in room one has asked for help to use the bedside toilet. The patient in room 2 reports shortness of breath.
What should we do?
Upon entering the room, John discovers that his patient in room 2 is having impaired oxygen exchange as evidenced by low oxygen saturation and shortness of breath.
Nurses are constantly placed in positions where they must prioritize actions. Which patient to focus on first and what action is most important can change quickly based on the circumstances presented to a nurse. As a registered nurse, John must make quick and informed decisions, placing the most important tasks at the top of his priorities.
Both patients will need assistance. However, the patient in room 2 is in a greater state of need than the patient in room 1. The ABC's of nursing state that issues involving someone's airway, breathing, or cardiovascular function should take priority (Dupont, 2017).
John determines that assessing the patient in room 2 is of greater priority than assisting the patient in room 1 to the bedside commode. That task can be likely be delegated or momentarily put off. When