During your stay, you will meet many members of our health care team. Each of these individuals is a dedicated professional whose primary concern is your good health.
All hospital employees are required to wear identification badges, which display the employee’s name and job title, and to follow a certain dress code. (Nurses, for example, wear navy blue and white.) You have the right to refuse service from anyone not properly identified.
In addition to your attending physician and primary nurses, you may meet:
- Hospitalists – Attending physicians who are board-certified in internal medicine or family medicine who only practice in the hospital. They represent community primary physicians who no longer see their patients in the hospital setting. They also respond to inpatient medical emergencies.
- Registered nurses – Focus on patient assessment, treatment, monitoring and teaching for you and your family. (Dress code: Navy blue and white.)
- Patient care technicians – Assist the registered nurse by taking your vital signs, assisting you with eating and activities of daily living, taking your blood and other specimens, and assisting with some of your testing. (Dress code: Hunter green.)
- Medical students – Are from area medical schools and train under your attending and resident physicians.
- Physician assistants – Have a college degree, two years of training in the health profession, and are nationally certified and state-licensed assistants to your physician.
- Nurse practitioners (NPs) – Board-certified advance practice RNs who are educated at the master’s or doctoral level. NPs have an expanded scope of practice beyond that of a registered nurse, which includes the ability to assess, diagnose and prescribe.
- Care coordinators – Work collaboratively with the medical staff, multidisciplinary patient care staff, you and your family to effectively coordinate care throughout your inpatient stay. They also plan and implement an appropriate discharge plan to meet your individual health care needs.
- Chaplains – Are available to assist you and your family with your spiritual needs and concerns.
- Home care coordinators – Arrange for professional medical services and equipment to be provided in your home.
Other members of your health care team may include:
- Diagnostic staff who will perform any diagnostic tests prescribed by your physician.
- Therapists who are specially trained to aid you on your road to recovery. These include:
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Speech language therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Patient transport team members who will escort you to the appropriate area for your diagnostic tests or treatments.
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Caregivers (also known as lay caregivers)
As a patient, you may be asked if you would like to name a “lay caregiver” to participate in your discharge planning. This may be a spouse, partner, adult child or close friend. Typically, most patients will need assistance with any or all the following after leaving the hospital: medications, including understanding of dosing, frequency, indications and side effects; filling prescriptions; making and keeping doctor’s appointments; adhering to a specific diet and activity level; activities of daily living (bathing, feeding, toileting); and care tasks such as dressing changes or management of tubes or drains. Hospital personnel will obtain your consent to provide your lay caregiver this information, should you choose to name one.
Health care staff assignments
Patient care and other assignments are made based upon the professional assessment of the person responsible for making such assignments without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation or religion. Assignments are not made or changed based upon the requests of patients or family members if the requests are based upon age, sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation or religion. Any request for a change of patient assignment will be referred to the unit manager or supervisor for review.
Your room assignment
Your room assignment is based upon your admitting diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission.
We understand that too much or too little information can be challenging for you and your family. Please help us meet your needs by letting us know if there is anything else we can do to help you, your family members or loved ones understand your condition and plan of care.
Our health care professionals provide patients with information in a number of ways:
- Patient education TV – The patient education channel features a variety of health-related educational programs throughout the day. Please ask one of our staff how to access it.
- Written (print) material – A variety of written material is available on each nursing unit and in each specialty area.
- Health care professionals – If you have a question about your health, a medical test or procedure, or need guidance with diet and exercise, please speak with one of our health care professionals.