During a disaster, the charge nurse must make room for multiple admissions by discharging patients that are ready. After the nurse selects potential patients for discharge, what should she do?

Assess each identified patient for discharge readiness.
Contact the physician with the assessment data to obtain discharge orders.

Explanation

•Once the nurse has identified potential discharges, she must then assess the patients to confirm readiness for discharge. The physician can then be notified.

•The nurse cannot discharge patients without physician orders.

•During a disaster situation, there is no time to wait for the physician to come and assess the patients.

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