THE SURGICAL TEAM
Physicians: While at Barnabas, you will be cared for by a team of physicians. A senior physician who is an attending surgeon at Barnabas will supervise your treatment and decide when you are ready to be discharged.
Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs): APNs are nurses with extra training who work with your physician to assess and treat many medical problems. They can also provide you information and help plan your care with other members of the health care team.
Physician Assistants (PAs): PAs work with a physician to assess and treat many medical problems.
THE ANESTHESIA TEAM
Anesthesiologists: Anesthesiologists are physicians with special training to manage pain and make sure that you are safe and comfortable during the surgery and as you recover from anesthesia. They will work with you before, during, and after the procedure.
THE INPATIENT TEAM
Nurses: Nurses are a vital link between you and the other people caring for you. They help convey your needs to your care health team, and they help explain your treatment to you. Nurses give out medications and intravenous fluids, perform treatments and plan your daily care. They also provide teachings about your condition and how to continue treatment after your discharge.
Nursing Assistants/Medical Assistants: Nurses oversee patient care assistants who will check your “vital signs” (blood pressure, pulse and temperature) maintain your personal hygiene, assist with meals and help in other ways to make sure that you’re comfortable during your stay.
Social Workers: Social Workers can help you plan for discharge, identify sources of financial support, refer you to community resources, give you advice related to your illness and arrange for proper care after you are discharged.
Therapists: There are various kinds of therapists. Physical Therapists help to maintain and/or restore physical function. They help you learn to use your body through exercise. Occupational Therapists help you to build up and/or regain skills needed for daily life. They work to help you be as independent as possible as quickly as possible. Respiratory Therapists provide care to patients with breathing and/or heart problems. They help give oxygen and breathing treatments, manage ventilators, and perform tests that evaluate lung function.
Care Coordinators: Care Coordinators are specially trained nurses who help create a plan of care that includes you as the key decision maker. The Care Coordinator is a link between you and your insurance company. They answer requests for current medical information.