Questions for the Nurse
General Questions: Are any tests being run today? Is there anything today that might make me hurt or feel uncomfortable? If so, can I take something to help me with the pain? How can I call for help? How long will I have to wait if I need something? How and when will I eat? How will I be able to go to the bathroom? When can my family visit me? Can you explain to me what my condition is? Can you explain to me what all these lines and equipment are for? Is there someone that can help me walk outside of the room? What can I do to help myself get better? Which doctor is in charge? If something happens, how will they get in touch with my family?p>
Questions About Medications: What are the brand and generic names of my medications? What is the medicine for? How long do I have to take the medication? How many times a day and at what intervals? How many pills or doses, whether before, with, or after meals and, what should I do if I miss one? Are there any foods that may interfere with the action of my prescribed medications? What are the side effects of the drugs, and what should I do if any of the side effects appear? Are there any medications or drugs which I should avoid because they might interfere or adversely react with the prescribed and/or recommended medications? How soon after taking the medication should I start feeling better?