question - i am in nursing school and our professor asked a question and i disagree with her answer, so i was curious as to how you (a real nurse) would answer. the question was "which patient is a priority: a patient screaming with 10/10 pain or an elderly man who has to use the bathroom?" and she said the elderly patient was the priority? would you agree or disagree? thank you 😊
So, just going off of the information provided and not knowing anything else about the patients (which as an ICU nurse bugs me since I need to know EVERYTHING to make an informed decision), I’d say I’d agree with your professor. In a perfect world you’d have someone to help and be able to delegate one of those tasks to someone else so they can be done simultaneously… everybody wins!
Here’s my reasoning, the person in pain, while extraordinarily uncomfortable is probably safe. The elderly man is a most likely a massive fall risk. When older people have to go… they have to go. When they call to use the bathroom it is usually urgent and if you take too long, they will try to go alone. At home this wouldn’t be as much of a problem, but in the hospital they are tethered by multiple things (SCDs, IV, monitor, et al) and probably weaker than their baseline due to illness. Also he could be on drugs that affect his blood pressure leading to dizziness and syncope d/t orthostatic hypotension.
So, take pop-pop to the bathroom first so he doesn’t fall and break a hip… which for a large portion of people over 75 is a death sentence.
My fellow nurblrs, agree or disagree?