INFORMATION RE: PRIORITIZATION, can you share?

  1. [font=Comic Sans MS]Dear users: I understand that PRIORITIZATION MEASURES are imperative in our practice. Much more, it is often asked in examinations. I'm about to take the NCLEX by July of 2004 and I'm really in urgent need of some information about this. Please share! I've heard that there are books about it but can't find one. Do you know any website who offers these infos? (books or online education) Any reply is highly appreciated!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   steel magnolia
    I can't offer any ideas on websites, but I can tell you how I prioritize, and what I learned when studying for my exam, basically, you follow Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs. First is to provide the essentials, air, food water, etc... Then, in that category, the ABC's... Airway, Breathing, Circulation. So, if you had an assigment and had to choose between a pt who is mourning the loss of a breast s/p mastectomy, or a pt with dyspnea, as far as which pt you would check on first in rounds type of thing, check the pt w the breathing problems first.

    Hope that helps a little.
  4. by   suzanne4
    You go for the things that are life-threatening first, or have the potential to be.
    Any problems with respiratory system would be a the top of the list.
    Simple example: You get a multiple trauma patient into the ER. Injuries are open fracture of tib-fib, right hip fracture, collapsed lung.
    Your first priority would be a chest tube, then the open tib-fib because that is considered an emergent procedure, with the hip to follow, as it could actually wait a few hours.
    Hope that this makes it a little easier for you to understand.

    Good luck on your exam......
  5. by   chronicTX
    Quote from steel magnolia
    I can't offer any ideas on websites, but I can tell you how I prioritize, and what I learned when studying for my exam, basically, you follow Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs. First is to provide the essentials, air, food water, etc... Then, in that category, the ABC's... Airway, Breathing, Circulation. So, if you had an assigment and had to choose between a pt who is mourning the loss of a breast s/p mastectomy, or a pt with dyspnea, as far as which pt you would check on first in rounds type of thing, check the pt w the breathing problems first.

    Hope that helps a little.
    Helps a lot steel, I really appreciate it!
  6. by   chronicTX
    Quote from suzanne4
    You go for the things that are life-threatening first, or have the potential to be.
    Any problems with respiratory system would be a the top of the list.
    Simple example: You get a multiple trauma patient into the ER. Injuries are open fracture of tib-fib, right hip fracture, collapsed lung.
    Your first priority would be a chest tube, then the open tib-fib because that is considered an emergent procedure, with the hip to follow, as it could actually wait a few hours.
    Hope that this makes it a little easier for you to understand.

    Good luck on your exam......
    Hey suzanne, learning has never been this fun! Thanks so much for the tips... Hope to hear more from you soon...
  7. by   nightingale
    Breathing is always a priority. Also, look at the safety concerns as a concern if it is emergent.

    Good luck to you and let us know how we can help.

    night
  8. by   chronicTX
    Thanks for the concern. I'm learning so much from the replies on this website. I sure won't forget what you shared today!

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