Dialogues with a nurse during a hospital admission
Discussing Medical History
Patient: Good morning, I’m here for my admission.
Nurse: Good morning! Let’s start with your medical history. Do you have any chronic conditions we should know about?
Patient: Yes, I have type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Nurse: Okay, are you currently taking any medication for these conditions?
Patient: Yes, I’m on Metformin and Lisinopril.
Nurse: Great, we’ll make a note of that. Any allergies to medications?
Patient: No, none that I’m aware of.
Understanding Care Procedures
Patient: Can you explain what the procedure will involve?
Nurse: Certainly! You’re scheduled for a gallbladder removal. It’s a laparoscopic surgery, so it’s minimally invasive.
Patient: Will I be under general anesthesia?
Nurse: Yes, you will be. After the surgery, you’ll be in recovery where we’ll monitor you until you’re awake.
Patient: How long will the recovery take?
Nurse: Typically, patients are observed for a few hours before being moved to a regular room.
Learning About Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Patient: I’m a little nervous about my stay. What are my rights as a patient?
Nurse: You have the right to be informed about your care, to privacy, and to make decisions about your treatment.
Patient: And what are my responsibilities?
Nurse: We ask that you provide accurate health information, follow your recommended treatment plan, and respect hospital policies and staff.
Patient: Thank you, that makes me feel more at ease.
Inquiring About Post-Operative Care
Patient: What should I expect after the surgery?
Nurse: Post-operatively, we’ll manage any pain or discomfort you have. We’ll also gradually have you start moving and walking.
Patient: Will there be special instructions for when I go home?
Nurse: Absolutely. You’ll receive guidelines for diet, wound care, and any necessary follow-up appointments.
Inquiring About Test Procedures
Patient: Could you tell me more about the MRI test I’m scheduled for?
Nurse: Of course. An MRI is a non-invasive imaging test. You’ll need to lie still in the MRI machine for about 30 minutes.
Patient: Is there anything special I need to do to prepare?
Nurse: Just remove any metal objects or jewelry. If you feel claustrophobic, let us know so we can make you more comfortable.
Addressing Pain Management
Patient: I’m experiencing quite a bit of pain in my leg.
Nurse: I’m sorry to hear that. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your pain?
Patient: It’s around a 7.
Nurse: I’ll inform your doctor and see if we can adjust your pain medication to make you more comfortable.
Discussing Sleep Arrangements
Patient: I’ve been having trouble sleeping in the hospital.
Nurse: I understand, it can be difficult. Are you experiencing discomfort or noise issues?
Patient: It’s a bit noisy, and the bed isn’t very comfortable.
Nurse: Let me see if we can find you a quieter room and maybe an extra pillow for better comfort.
Understanding Post-Operation Mobility
Patient: I’m worried about walking after my knee surgery.
Nurse: It’s normal to be concerned. We’ll start with some gentle physiotherapy as soon as you’re able. It’s important to get moving to aid your recovery.
Patient: Will it be painful?
Nurse: There might be some discomfort, but we’ll manage your pain and ensure you’re supported throughout the process.
🤒 “I’m feeling unwell/sick.” – Expressing general discomfort or illness.
💊 “Can you explain what this medication is for?” – Inquiring about prescribed medications.
🌡️ “Could you check my temperature, please?” – Requesting a temperature check.
😖 “I’m in pain here.” – Indicating a specific area of pain.
🥗 “I have dietary restrictions/allergies.” – Informing about dietary needs or allergies.
💤 “I’m having trouble sleeping.” – Discussing sleep-related issues.
😨 “I’m feeling anxious/nervous about this procedure.” – Expressing anxiety or nervousness.
📋 “Can you explain the test results to me?” – Asking for clarification on test results.
🚶 “When can I start walking/moving around?” – Inquiring about mobility post-treatment or surgery.
🏥 “What do I need to know about my discharge plan?” – Asking about discharge instructions and aftercare.
📞 “Can I contact you or the team if I have questions after I leave?” – Requesting information on post-discharge communication.
💉 “Will this procedure hurt?” – Asking about discomfort or pain associated with a procedure.
📅 “When is my next appointment or procedure?” – Confirming schedule for follow-up appointments or treatments.
🛌 “Can you help me get more comfortable in bed?” – Requesting assistance for physical comfort.
🙋 “Who should I talk to about my overall treatment plan?” – Seeking information on whom to discuss comprehensive care plans.
- 🤕 Pain – To describe any physical discomfort or pain.
- 💊 Medication – Referring to any drugs or pills prescribed.
- 🌡️ Temperature – When talking about body temperature or fever.
- 🚽 Bathroom – If needing assistance to go to the restroom.
- 🥤 Hydration – Discussing needs for water or fluids.
- 😴 Sleep – Mentioning issues or needs related to sleep.
- 🍲 Food – Talking about meals, diet, or appetite.
- 💉 Injection – Referring to any shots or IVs.
- 📈 Symptoms – Describing any signs of illness or changes in health.
- 😊 Comfort – Expressing a need for comfort or relief.
- 🛌 Rest – Discussing the need for rest or relaxation.
- 😬 Worry – Expressing concerns or fears about health or procedures.
- 📆 Schedule – Asking about the timing of treatments or tests.
- 📞 Contact – Requesting contact information for follow-up or questions.
- 🏥 Discharge – Inquiring about the process of leaving the hospital.
- 🩺 Examination – Referring to a physical check-up or assessment.
- 🧴 Lotion/Cream – Requesting skin care products for dryness or irritation.
- 😓 Sweating – Mentioning excessive sweating, possibly indicating fever or discomfort.
- 🥱 Fatigue – Expressing tiredness or lack of energy.
- 🤢 Nausea – Discussing feelings of sickness or the urge to vomit.
- 🤧 Allergies – Talking about allergic reactions or sensitivities.
- 🩹 Bandage – Requesting a bandage for a wound or injury.
- 🤒 Fever – Specifically mentioning having a fever.
- 🩸 Bleeding – Discussing any kind of bleeding issue.
- 🦵 Mobility – Talking about the ability to walk or move.
- 👂 Hearing – Discussing issues related to hearing.
- 👁️ Vision – Talking about sight or visual issues.
- 🧠 Headache/Migraine – Mentioning a headache or migraine.
- 🌬️ Breathing – Discussing respiratory issues or shortness of breath.
- 🩺 Vitals – Referring to vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure.