Prioritizing patient care is often difficult for students in nursing school or even new nurses. And while novice nurses thrive when they utilize to-do lists, prioritization is so much more than making a task list and following it throughout your shift. It’s actually a constantly fluctuating component of your workflow that must take multiple factors (and multiple patients) into consideration. 

The good news is, most of the time you can answer prioritization questions on nursing school exams and prioritize your nursing care at the bedside by following two key frameworks – the ABCs and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. 

Click play on this episode to learn how to work this into your practice and go through some scenarios designed to help you “think like a nurse!”


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