A patient diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke complains of a severe headache with a sudden onset. Prioritize the next actions:

1. Administer acetaminophen or apply a cold pack to the patient's head.

2. Perform a neuro assessment.

3. Notify the physician.

4. Notify the charge nurse.

2, 3, 1, 4


• A headache may indicate that the bleeding is worsening. The nurse should perform a complete neuro assessment and then notify the physician. Treatment may be time-sensitive, so the nurse should work fast

• The physician should decide whether a cold pack or acetaminophen is appropriate

• The charge nurse should be updated on the situation after the physician has been notified and time-sensitive treatment given

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