Prioritzing may involve applying knowledge of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
As a nurse, being able to prioritize is extremely important! It may save lives!
His vitals are stable but he looks uncomfortable. My patient next door has a respiratory rate of 30. I have to address that first.
Remember, assess a client's physiologic needs first, safety next, then psychological needs! Love and belonging, self esteem, and self actualization can be dealt with after the first 3 are met. This is an example of prioritizing and is an important part of being a nurse!
"Can I have some water? I'm really thirsty now."
Does she realize how thirsty I am? My procedure is over, can't I drink?
Prioritizing your client's needs and which of your multiple client's needs are most important is something a nurse does daily. This client was physiologically stable but he needed a drink of water after being NPO. In order to fulfill his comfort needs the nurse brought him water when she was able.
I had to finish up with my other patient but I was able to get you the water you requested! Enjoy!