If you are in need of a doctor after hours, believe it or not, they don't have one on staff. So if you happen to be in excruciating pain, all that the fake but friendly nurse can give you is what's been modified, without your knowledge or consent, from your chart. I don't care if you're screaming in pain and have an available IV in, nope, only what's on your chart.
You see, when you pre-register, an unknown doctor reviews your chart and removes some of your critical meds and replaces them with what HE sees fit. So if you start to feel a bit off during your stay, it's because you're going through withdraws. Isn't that nice? Pray this doesn't happen to you, it's a nightmare. I had the displeasure of the above happen to me. I ended up on the bathroom floor puking my guts out while my attending nurse freaked out & called the Charge nurse & security guards in. Once lifted onto my bed both nurses left to chat, leaving me in the hands of the guards who began swapping jokes. Keep in mind, I'm still moaning in horrible pain. The Charge nurse returned to tell me that all she could do was bump up a charted pain med an hour. For there was NO doctor to approve anything not on my chart. There was no system in place to deal with anything but the norm. No patient in the care of a so-called 'Top 25' in health care hospital should experience the level of pain I did. Their nurses may display a great fake smile but they're so burned out, they could truly care less. While I walked the halls during recovery, I heard people screaming for nurses while in severe distress. After I passed those rooms I walked by the central nurses station. Even though they could hear the screams, they were telling jokes and laughing. Just knowing mothers, fathers, grandma's and Grandpa's were laying here with their children unbeknownst just broke my heart.
Everything just seemed to change when the sun went down. A nurse actually called my wife on this night, at 1:30 in the morning, asking her if she could drive from Cornelius to Statesville to pick me up. Yes I'm serious. Realizing she couldn't drive due to prescribed meds impairing her ability to safely drive, she communicated with the Charge nurse. Long, short, I pleaded for sunrise as my wife missed work to pick me up. Never again.