Ask your nurse…

March 23, 2009

I wish I had this list when I was in hospital. There are a series of things you should ask your nurse that will positively impact your stay in hospital. Toronto Expect RN’s Consulting Inc. provides this handy list:

  • Informed Consent explained, and what Doctors don’t tell you
  • Patient’s have more rights than they think…
  • Personal EHR – viewing your chart
  • When and where to get a second opinion
  • Medical and medication errors, what you should know
  • Infection control in hospitals, behind the scenes
  • Keeping track of all the personnel who are assigned to you
  • Communicating your concerns and complaints effectively
  • Accessing your complete medical records
  • Individuals and agencies with the authority to intervene on your behalf
  • Getting information on tests and results made easy
  • Hospital Secrets -finding out what went wrong when you feel something is amiss
  • The importance of establishing Power of Attorney for Personal Care

More information can be found in their book “The Ultimate Empowered Patient” that educates Canadians who want to negotiate their health system in an informed manner.

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2 Responses to “Ask your nurse…”

  1. Margaret Says:

    One of the most important items on a hospital file should be a personal directive which details what is to be done in the event of a mis-step or emergency. This eliminates the need for loved ones to make difficult decisions in the event of an emergency. It also minimizes the possibility of conflict within families in the event of a mis-step or emergency. We all want to control our own destiny and we do this as much for our loved ones as for ourselves.

  2. SJR Says:

    Yes this is true. I think this list is meant as a discussion starter with your nurse upon admittance rather than being all-inclusive of everything… which is why they suggest people buy the book.


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