Quote from Kandyrain22
Priority thing to do would be to get the patients that are to be discharged or transferred out of there to make room for new patients... Next I would check on my chest tubes..
This may be a priority for the hospital administration who want to make money, or the ED that wants to send up their patients, or the patient that wants to go home, but is it a priority for the nurse? Patients that are ready for discharge are generally stable. A new admission will likely require a lot of more work for the nurse- and has to be done by an RN (assessment). This busy RN may not have time if they have lots of other patients that need attention first.