A nurse has been informed by the charge nurse that she will be getting a new admission from the emergency room. The nurse is already caring for five patients, one who had surgery 3 hours ago and another patient going into surgery later today. What should the nurse do to best manage her assignment?

Advocate to the charge nurse that additional staff is required to ensure patient safety.

Explanation

•The nurse should advocate for patient safety when the patient census is too high for adequate nursing care.

Incorrect options:

•The nurse cannot refuse to admit a sick patient.

•Taking over the care of a patient is out of the scope of practice of a nursing assistant.

•The nurse should not request that the physician sends the patient to a different floor because the patient has specific needs that require properly trained nurses.

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