Heading to the Hospital

gp_2741097bSometimes, you may have the great benefit of knowing that you are going into the hospital before you have to go. Certainly better than being towed away to the hospital unknowingly or unwillingly! This is a major plus because it can help you be better prepared while you are there as well as help your family and friends be better prepared.

Here, I am going to list out some things that I think you need to know prior to going, what you need to consider, and questions to ask. This will make your stay and recovery much better. Less stress, right?!

  • Take a friend – When meeting with your doctor prior to going into the hospital for any kind of procedure or any length of stay, you need to make sure that you take a friend or loved one along with you to your doctor’s appointment so that you are able to ask questions. Your friend or loved one can also think of questions that you may have missed.
  • All about choices – if there is more than one hospital in your area, talk to your doctor about which one that he or she may prefer or recommend. Not all hospitals are created equal. You can also ask around to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It can make a really big difference on your recovery if you choose a place that is best suited for you. health-insurance
  • Are you covered – All insurance policies are not created equal. Make sure that you know of, if any, deductibles or co-payments that you will be responsible for. Make sure you know the exact procedure and how long you will be in the hospital. It also does not hurt to have a worse case scenario and talk with your insurance company about that as well. It is always better to be informed than to receive a bill that could give you a coronary right on the spot!
  • Do not what? – Speaking of worst case. Make sure that your doctor as well as your dnrfamily and friends know what to expect in the worst case scenario. If you have a medical directive, you need to let your doctor know as well as the person that will be taking you to and from the hospital. If you have a DNR or Do Not Resuscitate, you need to let someone know.
  • It’s History – This should go without saying but it is so important that your doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist know what your history is. Even the smallest minuet detail can mean life or death. It is better to tell too much than not enough. And, believe me when I say, we have heard it all. There is nothing that you can tell the staff that would shock or dismay them. It just won’t happen. So let it all out!

There are many other things that you need to think about before heading off to the hospital to have a procedure done, but these few will get you started and thinking in the right direction.


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A Male Nurse

Over my tenure, I have had a great advantage of taking care of patients from all walks of life and many different ages. It has been a fantastic experience throughout my career.I have to say that my favorite patients are the little children and the elderly. I always try to make people laugh and these two groups are pretty easy to amuse.

I have come across many situations where some patients accept me and other s do not. I have to say, it used to bother me quite a bit, but over the years, I have learned to just let it roll off my back. Chances are, these patients just haven’t discovered how awesome I am or they have not been educated enough to realize that a male nurse is just as good as a female nurse.

It can be very frustrating at times, but for the most part, it is rewarding. I think that most people need to understand that being a male nurse is not about sexual preference or being weak or any other discriminatory boxes they may put us male nurses into.

There was a mommy and baby rotation that I had to do once. I was welcomed by all the patients as a student in the nursing field, but then, they turned me away as a caregiver when they found out I was a guy. It was upsetting and frustrating but it is one of the examples of a situation that I faced.

I guess I could have been pissed, but I decided to take it with a grain of salt and accept what the patients wanted. I had another incident where a patient was VERY happy to have me come in, but then changed ‘her tune’ when she found out I was ONLY a nurse and not just in school to be a doctor. HA! We cracked up on that one for days!

Truth is, most patients accept my status and are happy for the fun and strength that I bring in. And regardless of the few and far between incidents that I have faced, I am very well received by most patients that I come in contact with.

So I would say that overall, it has been an excellent career move and I would not change it for the world!!!

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