Quote from monkeybug
I wasn't given a call bell. I was in a recovery situation. I don't know if they didn't have them or I just wasn't given mine. My point was that sleep is not the opposite of pain, and that nurses never should, but often do, assume that just because a patient is asleep, they are pain free. And I've spent a lot of my career recovering surgery patients (usually c-sections and tubals) and assessment is key. I have no qualms about waking up a patient to assess for bleeding, vital signs, OR pain. It's not the same thing as waking up someone at 3 am to ask them if they'd like a sleeping pill.
I didn't realize your situation occurred in the recovery room, my apologies. And I agree with your points as well. I have, though, seen too many times when patients (on the ward) just don't say anything, let the pain get bad. My point was if someone wakes up in pain (say at 0200 vitals they had no pain, but awoke at 0330 in pain and didn't say anything until I did my 0400 round) they need to let someone know, because I can't tell from my charting station that they are awake and in pain.
Did not mean to offend -- sorry if I did