A frantic father presents to the emergency room holding a limp child bleeding from the head. The nurse takes them back to the treatment room. What should the nurse do next?

Assess the child for breathing and circulation


• The nurse first must assess the patient before any other course of action is taken or decision is made.

• The father should be allowed to stay in the room.

• Calling security is unnecessary.

• The nurse must first assess the patient and gather essential information before calling the physician.

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