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During Your Stay

During Your Stay

The Clinical Team Lead (or charge) nurse is in charge of the nursing unit and serves as the liaison between your family and the nursing/medical staff. The Clinical Team Lead (charge) nurse typically does rounds at the beginning of each shift.  For your safety, all St Mary Medical Center staff are required to wear picture ID badges.  Do not hesitate to ask anyone "Who are you?" or "How are you involved in my care?"

What to expect during the course of the day:

During the following times, nurses who have been on duty discuss each patient's case with nurses on the new shift. This is known as "report." We conduct bedside shift to shift report where the nurse leaving and the nurse coming on duty round from room to room discussing your care.  We encourage you to participate in this important plan of care discussion, so that we can work together with you in the healing process. Report occurs: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vital signs:

Vital signs (temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, pain assessment) are routinely checked every shift hours. Occasionally, your vital signs may be taken more often. We will try as much as possible not to disturb you during the night, although it may be necessary to obtain vital signs even if you are sleeping.

When will we see the doctor?

If needed, the physician will return after rounds are completed to speak with you for a longer period of time.