A new nurse is reviewing her patient assignments for the day. Which patient should the nurse assess first?

A newly admitted patient with acute flank pain and hematuria

Explanation

•The new admission should be assessed first because little is known about the patient and he or she may be unstable.

Incorrect options:

•A renal biopsy is a low-risk procedure. After two days without complications, the patient should be stable and is not the top priority.

•A patient receiving hemodialysis should be assessed before the treatment. In this case, the treatment is scheduled for later in the day. Therefore, assessing the patient right now is not the priority.

•Urinary retention related to BPH is common among older men and does not require immediate attention from the nurse.

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