You do yourself a favor when you always ask, "So what?" This question will be what the nurse encounters on a moment-by-moment basis when providing patient care. As a result, this will be the centerpiece of many questions on NCLEX®:
"The client’s serum potassium is 5.3 mmol/L. What is the nurse’s priority assessment?"
"The client’s serum potassium level is 3.6 mmol/L and an order for 20mg IV push furosemide is ordered. What is the nurse’s next best action?"
In this NCLEX® Nugget, Dr. Bristol helps you unpack the "So what?" of hypo- and hyperkalemia.