Your Multidisciplinary Spine Team
While at Mount Sinai, you will be taken care of by excellent physicians and outstanding registered professional nurses, as well as an entire multidisciplinary team. This team may include physicians’ assistants, social workers, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and associate staff.
Each staff member will provide you with different aspects of your care. In order to help you understand their roles in your recovery, we have listed a brief description of their roles below:
Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM): coordinates all Registered Nurses (RNs) and Patient Care Associates (PCAs) on the unit. The CNM oversees all care delivered on the unit. She is available for any questions or concerns you may have. She also ensures that you receive excellent care during your stay.
Nurse Practitioner (NP): is an advanced practice nurse specially trained to oversee the patient plan of care in collaboration with the spine surgeon. The NP will follow you from the post anesthesia care unit until discharge. The NP has the ability to order tests, X-rays, medications and acts as the physician liaison for patients and families in regards to patient education, concerns, and problems.
Physicians Assistant (PA): is a healthcare professional licensed to practice medicine with the attending physicians. The PA will conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illness and assist in surgery. The PA will also order and interpret tests, prescribe medication and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Registered Nurse (RN): will coordinate your care during your stay including administering your medication, monitoring your pain and response to medication and other treatments, as well as monitor your vital signs. The RN will also monitor the status of your surgical site, communicate issues and concerns to your surgeon and carry out your surgeon’s orders for your care.
Patient Care Associate (PCA): helps the RN give you physical care such as bathing and taking vital signs. They will check on your pain level frequently, as they help you to regain your independence. They report to your RN.
Physical Therapist (PT): will work with you to get you back on your feet and moving again by increasing your strength, balance and overall functional mobility.
Occupational Therapist (OT): will help you to perform your self-care and improve your independence in completing everyday essential tasks.
Social Worker: will arrange for your needs upon discharge, sometimes including rehabilitation, home care, transportation, and equipment. The social worker is also available for supportive counseling, if needed.