Nurse Sarah! I need your help immediately! Mr. Case is coding!
I just got done with wound care for Mrs. Charles and Mr. Smiths vitals are q4 so they're due again in 2 minutes. He's been stable all day but I'll head to his room now.
I'll come right now!
30 minutes later
As a nurse, you must be able to prioritize your actions. Sometimes emergencies happen and you need to be able to be flexible without ever putting your patient at risk. The ABCs of nursing are of most importance. If a patient is suffering from lack of oxygen or circulation issues, they need to be resolved first and foremost. Something like vitals is on the lower end of prioritization.
Hi, Mr. Smith. I'm here to take your vitals now.
Mr. Smith had been stable all day and was in no immediate threat. For this reason, Nurse Sarah prioritized Mr. Case and ran to help with his code, even though that meant she was 30 minutes late for her q4 vitals check. A nurses role in prioritization needs to be calculated and educated. Always make note of the most important tasks at the very beginning of the day so that you never run into a situation that compromises the patient.