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Two patients have arrived one with a broken tibia and another with shortness of breath and chest pain!
As a nurse it is essential for me to form a picture of a patients total needs. My job is to set priorities by deciding which patient needs or problems require attention first (Potter, 2017).
I must make it a priority to assist Mr. Smith because he is experiencing a serious physiological need.
After placing Mr. Smith at the level of high priority, I have been able to stabilize his condition and I can now monitor his vitals while I move on to the next patient that requires nursing care.
Tech Medical Center
Tech Medical Center Emergency Room
Priorities In Action: Nurses must be able to assess a situation and determine priorities based on the most detrimental issue presented. Prioritization requires placing importance on those patients whose health is affected by ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation) and you must act immediately to stabilize the patient's condition.
A high priority level includes any situation which causes an immediate threat to a patients survival or safety such as a physiological episode of an obstructed airway, loss of consciousness, or a psychological episode of an anxiety attack (Potter, 2017)
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