After shift change on a cardiovascular unit, the new nurse is looking over her assignments to determine the order in which they should be assessed. Which patient should be assessed last?


•Knee pain known to be chronic is not urgent or emergent. This patient will be seen after the other patients have been assessed.

•The patient with difficulty breathing needs immediate assessment and intervention.

•The patient with new-onset chest pain is very high priority.

•Post-op patients require more frequent monitoring and care.

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