During your stay at Molokai General Hospital, you will likely encounter different staff members on a daily basis.
Your primary caregivers during your stay will include physicians who order exams and treatments, nurses who monitor your condition and administer medications, and nursing assistants who check your vital signs and help you with personal needs such as dressing and getting out of bed. Depending on your individual care plan, you may see other caregivers such as a physical therapist or a social worker.
Here’s a brief description of some of the people that you might find on your health care team.
An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) has a post-graduate education in nursing.
A Certified Nurse Midwife is a registered nurse with additional training as a midwife who is certified to deliver infants and provide prenatal and postpartum care, newborn care, and some routine care such as gynecological exams of women.
Doctors are in charge of a patient’s overall care from the time of admission until discharge. They will review your past medical records, consult with your primary care physician, and perform a comprehensive history and physical upon admission.
If you entered the hospital through the Emergency Department, you will have been seen by an Emergency Department doctor, who worked to stabilize your condition.
Specialists may also be involved in your treatment, depending on your condition and type of illness.
Nursing Assistants perform basic patient care needs under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
A nurse who has graduated from a college nursing program or from a school of nursing and has passed a national licensing exam.
Physical therapists will assist you in regaining independent living skills for your return home. The Physical Therapist will work with you to develop mobility or muscle strength and increase your independence in self-care activities as ordered by your doctor.
Social Workers are trained to help patients and family members deal with financial, social, and emotional concerns related to illness or hospitalization. They work with patients and families to help coordinate long-term illness care and rehabilitation, and are involved in discharge planning.