My sister is having hip replacement surgery tomorrow, and you can bet I'll be spending lots of time at the hospital keeping track of things and advocating for her. The patients I worry about the most are the ones who have no one to do this for them....and yes, nurses are often among them, because everyone from our physicians/surgeons on down to our spouses seem to think we know everything already and don't need education.
It's been my experience, however, that healthcare providers are sometimes the ones who need it the most. I've been taking care of diabetics for over fifteen years, but when I was diagnosed with DM II about a year ago, I went stupid---suddenly I didn't have a clue as to how to take care of myself.
Thankfully I have a friend who's a diabetic educator and she helped me tremendously, as did my oldest daughter who found me some very useful publications (Diabetes for Dummies
came in a lot handier than it should have, LOL) and cooks diabetic-friendly meals for me sometimes. But not everyone has those resources, and when the MD says, "You're a nurse, you know how to do this," it's hard to swallow our pride and admit, "Ummmmm.......no I don't".