The Hospital Routine at New York Methodist Hospital
If you're a patient at NYM, the average day can be divided into five groups. They include:
- Your activities such as lab tests (often done early in the morning), treatments or scheduled surgeries, visiting hours and rest periods.
- Nursing duties which include monitoring and charting your vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, temperature, urine output) on a frequent basis.
- Doctors' visits such as the morning observations of you by your doctor, his assistant or residents. Doctor's visits may take place at various times during the day. During his/her first visit of the day, be sure to ask your doctor, "What's my plan for the day?" This way you'll know exactly what will take place that day.
- Medications which can begin before breakfast and continue throughout the day and night as prescribed by the doctor. Intravenous lines, or IV fluids, require frequent nursing attention.
- Meals which are brought three times daily.
Remember, if you're not sure what your plan is for the day, just ask. And if you have problems or concerns during your stay, please say something. When you speak up, we can correct the situation. Our goal is to provide the best service possible.
Who's Who at NYM
- Doctor: The doctor who admitted you to the Hospital.
- Residents : They are doctors who are receiving specialty training in a particular medical field such as surgery or medicine.
- Medical Students: They are found only in teaching hospitals (like NYM) and are trying to learn as much as possible. They cannot actually treat you by themselves but they usually can tell you more about your condition.
- Specialists: Your doctor may ask one of these experts to examine you to provide advice or a second opinion.
Nurses are the ones who really take care of you when you are in the Hospital, and their responsibilities include: (1) taking and charting your vital signs (such as temperature, pulse and blood pressure); (2) taking care of your wound; (3) carrying out your doctor's orders; (4) giving you your medication.
Additional Hospital Staff
- Nurses' aides assist in moving patients to the x-ray room or to other testing rooms.
- Occupational Therapists assist disabled patients in performing their routine activities.
- Physical Therapists assist patients in developing the strength and the ability to become and remain mobility.
- Respiratory Therapists help with the use of special equipment to treat breathing disorders.Case Managers and Social Workers assist with your social and emotional needs and ensure that your health needs are met both in the Hospital and once you return home.
It is very helpful to know someone on the Hospital staff (an 'insider') with whom you can really communicate. This person may be a nurse, a technician or a social worker. Ask this person to get answers to your questions and to act on behalf when you have a need or problem.
Please tell the staff what they can do to improve your hospital stay.
Thanks for choosing NYM!