Based on Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, which of the following nursing diagnoses would take the highest priority when planning care?


•Ineffective breathing pattern is a priority diagnosis because of the necessity to maintain an open airway and effective breathing. According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, physiological needs such as breathing take the highest priority.

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•Fluid volume deficit would be the next highest priority nursing diagnosis. It is another physiological need but not as high priority as breathing.

•Spiritual distress and ineffective coping might be appropriate nursing diagnoses, but they would not be the priority nursing diagnoses among the selection.

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