Your Patient Care Team

A Multidisciplinary Team

You will have a group of healthcare professionals who work together as a team to meet your changing needs during your hospital stay. At times your condition may require specialists to see you and help with your care. All healthcare team members will identify themselves and tell you their role in your care. Please ask if you do not understand why someone is seeing you.

Guide to medical professional credentials

  • CCP – clinical cardiac perfusionist
  • CDE – certified diabetes educator
  • CLS — clinical laboratory scientist
  • CNA — certified nurse anesthetist
  • CNM – certified nurse-midwife
  • CNS — clinical nurse specialist
  • CT — cytotechnologist
  • CRNA — certified registered nurse anesthetist
  • CWS — certified wound specialist
  • DDS – doctor of dental surgery
  • DO — doctor of osteopathic medicine
  • DPT – a doctorate in physical therapy
  • DrPH – a doctorate in public health
  • FNP – family nurse practitioner
  • HA — hospital attendant
  • HCT — hospital care technician
  • HPSC — hospital patient service clerk
  • HTL — histotechnician
  • JD –doctorate in law
  • LCSW – licensed clinical social worker
  • LPN – licensed practical nurse
  • MBE — masters in bioethics
  • MBBS, MBBA, or MBChB — doctor of medicine (from UK, India, other Commonwealth countries)
  • MD — doctor of medicine (US and Canada)
  • MLT — medical laboratory technician
  • MPH – masters of public health
  • MSN – masters of science in nursing
  • MSEd – masters of education
  • MSW – masters of social work
  • MT — medical technologist
  • NP – nurse practitioner
  • NNP — neonatal nurse practitioner
  • NPP — psychiatic nurse practitioner
  • OT — occupational therapist
  • PA – physician assistant
  • PharmD – doctor of pharmacy
  • PhD – doctoral degree
  • PNP – pediatric nurse practitioner
  • PT – physical therapist
  • RD – registered dietitian
  • RDCS- registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer
  • RDMS – registered diagnostic medical sonographer
  • RN — registered nurse
  • RRT — registered radiologic technologist
  • RT — respiratory therapist
  • RVT – registered vascular technologist
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