The Priorities Game simulates a ward, with patients that require admission, discharge and general care. It is a safe space to practice vitally important skills and think about how the whole ward team must work together and support each other.
- Take on a role as Staff Nurse, Newly Qualified Nurse, Sister or Healthcare Assistant
- Try to achieve a target number of admissions/discharges while also providing safe, effective care
- Work collaboratively as a ward team
- Analyse scenarios, weigh up priorities and decide on the best course of action
- Handle a variety of both routine and unexpected situations – just like real life!
“We developed this board game as we have found that students often lack the confidence and opportunity to practice and reflect upon skills like prioritisation and decision making in a busy clinical environment but are expected to qualify with these skills. We hope that through learning about and developing these skills in a fun way, it is assisting nurses of the future to be safe and effective practitioners.” - Rhiannon and Lucy
“Winning at teamwork and time management: how a board game is helping nursing students” - Rhiannon and Lucy explain how they found a fun way to help students focus on clinical priorities in this Nursing Standard article:
“As a third-year student, I found it very beneficial to have conversations about how we would prioritise care on the ward. It made me think about the individual skill sets within the nursing team, and how best to utilise these in a busy ward setting, considering where tasks should be delegated to other team members, to ensure all aspects of patient care are carried out efficiently. We also discussed different medical conditions and how to prioritise patients due to their acuity. Playing this game with nursing students at different stages of their training enabled more experienced students to share their knowledge.”
Ellen Cashman, BSc Adult Nursing Student