I think this is a little excessive. I mean what advice are we talking about?
When I was in the hospital, I had conferences with the doctor to discuss prescriptions, treatment options and information like what I should expect and when I would be going home. In these conferences, it was pretty clear who the doctor was (even without color coding). That was the purpose of the discussion and it was very clear who was who.
The nurses gave wonderful care, gave medication and talked about pain. One nurse encouraged me to take pain medicine that I was prescribed and was balking at (I don't really like taking any medication). She was right about the need to get ahead of pain. I knew she was an RN and I suppose this was important, but more important is that she was in charge of my care for several nights and I was used to her.
The nurses aids came in to draw blood and give pills.
But my point is, the really important questions I ask the doctor, and it is obvious who your doctor is.
For important things where someones authority or training matters, I ask.
I understand that some patients find comfort in color coding, or some other clear demarcation of a healthcare workers station.
I am just saying that for me, as a patient, I find it excessive and as a worker I would find it a little counterproductive to the idea of a team providing patient care.
Depends on who you are, your health and mental status max.
You were apparently alert and oriented, could and could wait until your doctor came by to do rounds.
The team approach does not mean all people can do all things. A medication aide gave you your meds, because that person qualified to do that. Not all aides qualify.
The environment is very structured because it's complex, there is heavy state regulations that are definately adhered to at the risk of the hospital receiving fines, being sued, even closing down.
Just as there is a difference between the doctors and the rest of the staff, there are differences in skills at all levels.
It's wonderful that in your hospital stay you were able to communicate effectively and understand who was who at all times. It can't be assumed all patients will be that way, and if it were, the results would be at times deadly.
You do understand that many people who are hospitalized are many times in pain, confused, scared, incoherent, want to rely on others, etc etc....don't you?
I guess I don't understand how you see the idea of a nurse wearing let's say dark blue to show they are licensed is excessive. That way, when someone sticks there head in the hallway, you can immediately see if there is a nurse around.
You really don't understand what nurses do, do you?
Or rather I suspect you're once again just feigning ignorance or wanting to argue.
That said, I won't bother to try to make this clearer, as you'll just say it's too much.
Ah, for the days when a patient was given a piece of wood to bite on while his leg was being amputated.
Why the heck do things have to changed with all these complicated, excessive color codes?
I'll make a bet with anyone here. The OP was someone that doesn't want to wear that particular color or type of scrub, and was just looking for someone to say "yeah, you shouldn't have to do that if you don't want to."
I've seen that plenty of times.