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Practise prioritising patient care

Getting Your Ward In Order


The Priorities Game is a fun and engaging way to help student and qualified nurses develop their prioritisation skills. Learning how to prioritise time and a caseload of patients can be difficult in a classroom or high-pressure clinical placement. Collaboration, communication and teamwork are also essential skills which contribute to providing safe and effective patient care. The Priorities Game gives players the opportunity to practice and reflect upon these skills by recreating the complexities of a typical hospital ward.


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!



Supports Platform 5 of new NMC Standards of Proficiency in Nursing:
“Leading and managing nursing care and working in teams.”



Developed by Clinical Teachers


The Priorities Game was developed in collaboration with Clinical Teachers Rhiannon Eley and Lucy Tyler from Kings College London. Rhiannon and Lucy are adult nurses who have mentored and facilitated learning throughout their nursing careers and continue to support student learning in their role as Clinical Teachers.


“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:


What do the players think?


“Team work was key to completing the game which I liked as well as the unpredictability of the action cards - that was fun and reflected real practice."
BSc Adult Nursing Student


“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


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Price of game:
£125.00 EXC Vat


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