Hospitals typically do everything they can to ensure that you get the best possible care. Nurses work around the clock caring for patients by bringing food, medications, and sometimes just a listening ear. But they can’t do it on their own, you’ve got to help them help you. Mostly it’s just common sense and reading between the lines. For example, if your nurse says, “You have a right to a second opinion,” that could be code for “I don’t like your doctor,” or even, “I don’t trust your doctor.” If you tell your nurse that you drink or do drugs, some will assume that it’s double or triple the amount you tell them. If you were to ask for your biopsy results, some nurses will tell you that they haven’t come in yet, so that that doctor can deliver the news.

Give your nurse space and don’t talk to her while she is getting medication ready. Concentration is key and any distractions increase the chance of a mistake. If you’re getting blood drawn, be sure you’re hydrated so the vein is easier to find. And if your nurse was exceptional, let her manager know through a note that says so.

Spending time in a hospital can be stressful and the staff does everything they can to keep you healthy and comfortable. Why not give them a hand and help them help you? Check out the infographic below to learn more about how you can help your nurse help you.

The Nursing Code


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