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Home > Howard County General Hospital > Patient & Visitor Information > During Your Stay > Care Team > Clinical Roles
Clinical Role Definitions
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Our staff is committed to providing you with excellent care and assisting members of your family in a prompt and courteous manner. If you have special needs relating to your stay, please ask to speak to the charge nurse or the nurse manager. During the course of your stay, in addition to your physician, the following professionals will care for you.
A hospitalist-or a hospital doctor-is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients and whose practice is in the hospital, not in an office. All of our hospitalists are board certified in internal medicine and well-versed in the unique needs of the hospitalized patient. Read more
Registered Nurse (RN)
The Registered Nurse (RN) manages patient care and assumes primary responsibility for the care of the patient and directs the care provided by other caregivers.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
The LPN assists with the coordination and implementation of the plan of care as delegated by the RN. The LPN is licensed to administer specified medication, take vital signs and perform many patient care procedures.
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
The PCT assists with the care of our patients as delegated by the RN by taking vital signs, collecting blood samples for testing, and inserting urinary catheters. The PCT also provides personal care to our patients.
Physician Assistant (PA)
The PA provides a broad range of health care services that were traditionally performed by a physician. The PA can conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, provide education for patients and family, assist in surgery, give medical orders and write prescriptions.
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
A registered nurse (RN) who has completed a master’s degree and advanced practice certification in the management of acute and chronic medical conditions to include diagnostic testing, medication management and monitoring, patient and family education and follow-up care. Nurse practitioners (NP) provide the same level of care provided by primary care physicians and can serve as a patient’s regular health care provider.
Nurse Anesthetist (NA)
An advanced practice nurse who has specialized education and training in anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist works with an anesthesiologist to comprise your anesthesia care team.
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
An advanced practice nurse who has specialized education and training in both Nursing and Midwifery, providing care for women throughout their lifespan. They usually provide prenatal care for and deliver relatively healthy women without significant medical or obstetrical complications. CNMs may practice independently but frequently work in collaboration with OB/GYN doctors.
Surgical Assistants and Registered Nurse First Assistants
Certified personnel that assist our surgeons during a wide variety of surgical procedures, including orthopedic, vascular and general surgery.
These health professionals work throughout the hospital 24 hours a day and seven days a week and have extensive medical training. They are licensed and certified by the state of Maryland and may be intimately involved in your health care.