Yes, sadly, another prison reference. But a valid question. When we get a new resident, I want to know why. Are we getting them well enough to go home? Can they not take care of themselves, so are in for a long stay? Are they just here to die?
I'm surprised at how many times I ask a nurse this and they answer me with, "I don't know."
How can we effectively take care of a resident if we don't know what they're in for? Going back to the prison thing, you can bet the warden knows what each of the inmates is in for. They need to know in order to effectively house and, possibly, rehabilitate the inmate. I argue that we are in the same lake, if not the same boat.
I intend to start being more proactive in this. If the nurse doesn't know, I'll go and read their history myself. I may just be a pill pusher and a butt wiper, but I think I can do both jobs better if I know what the goal is.