The Ultimate Empowered Patient

Knowledge is power.  Here are some of the things you need to know as a patient or substitute decision-maker:

What is the role of a Registered Nurse on the health care team?

If you have a pre-existing condition, other than what you are currently hospitalized for take ownership of it, and be your own advocate.

If you or a family member have questions about your treatment plan while hospitalized ask your Nurse about it first.  You will always have to option of speaking to the Doctor about it further.

Ask Expert RN’s about:

  • Informed Consent, and what Doctors don’t tell you

  • When you should be viewing your chart

  • When 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 beyond the Nurse or Doctor

  • When you should be accessing your complete medical records

  • Individuals and agencies with the authority to intervene on your behalf

  • Getting information on tests and results

  • Why you may not want to give consent for randomized “studies”
  • The importance of establishing Power of Attorney for Personal Care

and more…

You need advice?  Ask us a question.

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