Critical Thinking Snapshot for Nurses&Students - page 2

by betts | 5,002 Views | 33 Comments

Patient: Mr. Jones Mr. Jones, a 38-year-old white male with no known previous chronic illness, was admitted six hours ago after being involved in a single motor vehicle accident. He was the unbelted driver of a vehicle that... Read More


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    betts, would you mind if this thread is moved to the student forum. if no one else would like more, i would, thanks for your sincere effort.


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    Great thread!! I loved it.
    Thanks for posting it!!!
    I am going to go back and reread it now.
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    Betts, I liked this exercise. Gives me ideas for class. Keep it coming...
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    Thumbs up Betts! I love reading patient scenarios and studying what should or should not be done for the patient as well as how to prioritize which patient is seen in which order. Great job!
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    I liked reading this too. I think we as students get very little information about prioritization. I have had questions related to a specific patient (like which of the following interventions should be done first, or what is the most important thing to teach) but very little about who should you check on first.
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    You are an experienced nurse working with three new graduate nurses on a 16-bed multitrauma acute care unit in a remote community hospital
    How did these patients get to be here anyway?

    I would have transferred them long ago!
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    Thank you so much Betts for this scenario! I read a similar scenario on a critical care nurse website (incidentally the field I would like to go into). I wish that school offered more case scenarios like this one. Just like those who posted earlier, I think the student nurse population would benefit from it. Thanks again
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    See Mr. Jones first and assess for poss PE.
    Send another nurse to see Mrs. SmithTell the nurse to assess her and give nitro as ordered, if indicated.
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    I'm not trying to be funny. We were taught to assess each situation and intervene early enough to avoid these dilemma. Surely if you are "thinking critically" part of that critique would be to examine the scenario closely and decide what looks like a duck.

    And the number of staff for this unit is very dangerous to start with. If you allowed yourself to be in this position, only one person will be responsible for any adverse outcome.

    By the way my answer would still be to transfer them to a "safer" environment.
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    I would have never let the reporting nurse leave me "alone" with that ... she would have had an earfull from me as well for wanting to hand over such unstable patients .. why hasn't she/he called the doc?
    I would have had her stay .. we would have taken one pat. each and I would have had one of the new grads call for the doc

    thank you Betts for an excellent exercise, really got me thinking... SOB would have sent me to mr. jones first I think, not an easy call though
    Last edit by Diana in Sweden on May 20, '03


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