Chapter 4: Tips from the Nurses
In terms of daily care and recovery of our loved one, the bedside nurse is our greatest asset.
Nurses are taught to be the patient advocates. Something I did not know during my husband’s 8-week experience in the Duke University Hospital cardiothoracic intensive care unit.
ICU Basic Etiquette Pointers:
A good start to open conversations with the nurse:
When a nurse hands off to the next shift, there is a place on their record for “events that happened today” and “plans for tomorrow.” So, to tie into that, it makes sense to ask these questions at the beginning and end of each shift:
Tips from the Nurses: