Registered Nurses (or RNs) are health care professionals who play a vital role in taking care of you and getting you better. They partner with medical doctors and other staff in coordinating your care, making sure you receive the right treatments at the right time, and help you get stronger and better. Nurses have a large variety of roles and provide care in all aspects of your health. They are supported by nursing asssistants and other staff with the common goal of wellness.



When it comes to medications, Pharmacists are the experts here. All of their education, training, and experience is focused on how to use medications safely and effectively. No one wants to take a medication unless absolutely necessary, but when needed, medications are very powerful tools that can fight diseases and lead to a speedy recovery. However, medications must be used in the right way, since harm can occur when used incorrectly. Pharmacists work with physicians and nurses to ensure that all medications are used properly so that patients have the best chance for full recovery.



Lab Techs

Hundreds of people help doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to help you get well. One large group are Technicians who have the important skills and techniques needed to run the machines that can aid in diagnosis and treatment of patients. For example, Lab Technicians take blood samples and can process them for over a thousand different parameters. Radiology Technicians are the ones who run the imaging machines so that doctors can read the images and see what is going on. EKG Technicians place electrodes on your chest to determine your heart rhythm and other heart abnormalities.


Dieticians are experts in food and nutrition. When patients are not feeling well, it is even more important that they receive the right nutrition to get strong and stay healthy. Dieticians advise people on what to eat, how much, and when in order to recover from illness and to maintain good dietary lifestyles.


Therapists help patients recover from illness and get strong without using medications. Like other health care professionals, Therapists also specialize in particular areas needed by patients. When we are healthy, we often take every day activities for granted. However, when we are ill, we need help in re-learning how to do basic things. Physical Therapists can help you recover after surgery, a fall, or prolonged illness. Occupational therapists help you become more functional at home, school, and work. Respiratory Therapists help you breathe, by giving you treatments and information for optimal lung function. Speech Therapists help you talk and communicate effectively when you are less able to do so.

Transporters, Clerks, and Other Staff

Each member of the hospital team plays a vital role to the comfort, safety, and health of each patient. Transporters are the ones who bring patients to and from necessary tests and treatments. They are your "chauffeur" to "drive you around" the hospital and get you to where you need to be on time. Clerks keep track of all the important pieces of information that surround your health -- from reading doctor's orders to calling nurses, therapists, and technicians, and making sure that everything is scheduled at the right time and the right place. Even the custodians and staff who manage the hospital physical environment play a vital role in keeping everything clean, stocked, and ready to be used.