Our nursing staff is committed to providing you with top-quality nursing care in a prompt and courteous manner. They may be identified by their ID and the color of their scrubs—nurses wear blue scrubs, patient care technicians wear gray scrubs and respiratory therapists wear purple scrubs. They are available to answer your questions and want you to have a pleasant hospital experience. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
Working with your doctor, nurses will coordinate your day-to-day care. Nursing care may be provided by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and all patient care technicians. From time to time, nursing students may participate in your care. To help you remember who is caring for you each day, the staff will write their names on the whiteboard near your bed.
As soon as you arrive on the unit, a staff member will visit you and show you how to use your lights, phone, television and call button. When you press the button, your call will be answered by either a member of the nursing staff or a unit secretary, who will respond to your request as soon as possible. The nurse and/or nursing assistant will also review the following with you: safety precautions (checking ID band, preventing falls, etc.), equipment, infection control and hygiene, nutrition and meals as well as how and when to call the STAT team if your condition changes quickly.
To protect you during your hospital stay, your nurses and other caregivers take every precaution to prevent the possible spread of infection within the hospital. This includes wearing disposable gloves whenever your care involves contact with blood or other body fluids.