A few posters have mentioned here that they have had difficulty with nurses giving them pain meds, etc... when in the hospital. I work in a local ER and when our night "house officer" otherwise known as the house supervisor came through last night - I asked her about this situation. She said if this happens to you, demand to speak to the lead charge RN or patient advocate. Those words will sends chills down the nurses backs because these people report directly to administration patient complaints such as the horrible ones described of late. These stories shocked me to the point of asking questions, because personally I have NEVER seen this in the hospital I work at - there are just too many doctors and other RN'S around who would not stand for it. Please be sure to take someone with you who can be strong and stand up and demand to have your needs met. My surgery is coming in March and I plan on doing the same thing. I only hope my advice works for me and I don't get some awful treatment myself. I have been reassurred by a friend here >:D< :H that I have picked a good hospital so that helps reassure me tremendously. What nurse you get tho is a crap shoot and there are good and bad in every hospital. Just remember, they all have a boss and someone who looks over their job that you can take your complaints to.
Oh and one last thing, most hospitals are monitored by the "Joint Commission" which monitors accredited hospitals (so be sure to pick one) and they have people who also plop in to check on this stuff. I know, we get them in the ER checking on us all the time. Threaten to turn them in for patient violations to the Joint Commission if you have to! Here is a link to their patient advocacy area and web site: http://www.jointcommission.org/GeneralPublic/Complaint/