The ABC's of LifeCreated by:
Which one are you gonna give your attention first? A telephone ringing, receiving an admission, entertain someone who came into the station to complain, accompany a consultant making his rounds, insert an intravenous line or help your colleague. These are just one of the few things happening in a nurses life everyday. In order respond better, we still keep in mind the principle of ABC's (Airway-Breathing-Clearance) and/or patients safety first. In my experience, it is a must that your patients safety must come first before anything else above anything else. Documentation can wait for you til the end of your shift but attending your patients need first should be a priority. Whereas in emergency situation, first you need to have a patent airway, establish the circulation and clear if there are any obstruction.
If you cannot handle the situation wherein there's multiple of things needed, then it is okay to get some help. Prioritization is a must in almost all aspects of life and not just in nursing. Always remember that a delay in time may harm those who're in a life and death situation and if you're quick enough, you can save lives.
For the MIMS community, do you also have any difficulty with prioritization in responding with your patients/clients? How do you prioritize or sort things out?