Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

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?