You will meet many staff members throughout your hospital stay. All Indiana University Health employees are required to wear IU Health identification. They are expected to introduce themselves and explain how they will be caring for you. Review the list below to become familiar with their job titles and care responsibilities:
Care coordinators are egistered nurses who develop and coordinate your plan of care from admission to discharge.
Certified Nursing Assistants
Certified nursing assistants will assist you with baths, meals and other activities. They will also assist the registered nurses in providing your care.
Chaplains are specially trained ministers to listen and help you address religious, spiritual, emotional and/or cultural concerns during hospitalization.
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses with advanced education in a specialty area.
Fellows are medical doctors who have completed medical school, an internship and a medical residency program. They have chosen to do additional training to earn a fellowship in a medical specialty.
Hospitalists are doctors trained to care for hospital patients.
Our housekeepers or patient service assistants can be identified by their dark blue uniforms and warm smiles. Each day of your stay, we will clean your room and bathroom and empty your trash. If your room, bathroom, or public area is in need of additional attention, please contact a member of your care team or call 317.962.8921. We are available and happy to assist you 24 hours a day.
Interns are medical doctors who have graduated from medical school and are completing an internship before working as a physician.
Licensed Practical Nurses
Licensed practical nurses are nurses who assist registered nurses with your health care.
Medical students are students currently enrolled in medical school.
Occupational therapists teach and help with movement, safety and using equipment.
Patient representatives are staff members trained to help you with problems or answer questions.
Patient Visitor Representatives
Patient visitor representatives are staff trained to provide information to patients, families and visitors.
Pharmacists are medical personnel who are trained and licensed to dispense medicinal drugs and to advise on their use.
Physical therapists help patients learn to safely move, walk and do strengthening exercises.
Registered nurses provide nursing care and work with your doctor.
Registered dietitians are specialists in the study of food and nutrition in relation to health.
Residents are doctors who have graduated from medical school and completed an internship. They are completing residency training in a particular medical specialty.
Respiratory therapists check your lungs and give you breathing treatments.
Social workers help patients with discharge planning, resources and financial assistance.
Staff doctors are doctors who work on staff at the hospital to provide patient care.
Student Nurse Externs
Student nurse externs are nursing students who assist registered nurses with your care.
Transporters are staff members who will transport you to different areas of the hospital for services such as X-rays, scans or treatments. Transporters wear teal-colored uniforms.
Volunteers are those who donate their time to help with many activities such as directing visitors, delivering flowers and mail, and assisting hospital chaplains.
Ask Your Health Care Team
It is important to ask questions during your hospitalization. This helps you receive the best results and care. During your hospital stay, you will receive a great amount of information regarding your health care and recovery plan. It is easy to forget to ask questions. It's a good idea to note questions and answers, so that you don't have to rely on your memory later.