Calling your nurse

Once you’re settled into your hospital room, especially after a procedure, you may be uncomfortable. This isn’t unusual at all. We will help in any way we are able.

Call button

Your nursing staff will make rounds every hour during the day and every two hours at night. If you need help between rounds, the button to call your nurse is on your bedrail. A staff member will respond by coming to your room or talking with you over the room intercom.

Around-the-clock nursing care is given by a team of registered nurses (RNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Each nurse is responsible for assessing your needs, evaluating your care and implementing plans to make sure you are moving toward your discharge goal.


We want to prevent and/or reduce your pain. If you tell your nurse that you are in pain, you will be asked to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. Your pain rating will help guide your treatment.

Medications for your healing

During your stay, all medications should be provided to you by your nurse. Nurses and pharmacists are available to answer any questions you may have about your medications.

Room temperature

Each patient room has its own temperature control. For your comfort, please ask your nurse if you would like the temperature adjusted.

Call so you don’t fall

We want to keep you safe.

You may be weaker or feel more tired due to your illness. This is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. For your safety, please:

  • Call your nurse for help when you need to go to the restroom.
  • Do not reach for an object that has fallen to the floor.
  • Report spills on the floor to your care team.
  • Use handrails to support yourself.
  • Get up slowly from your bed or chair to prevent dizziness.
  • Wear non-skid footwear. Your nurse can get you slippers with rubber soles.
  • Use your walker, cane or wheelchair, if you have one.

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