I don't have GERD, I'm on a med-surg floor, n I have protonix (pantoprazole) q morning prescribed for me in the hospital. Why? No other midical history.

Preventive. Hospital doctors often prescribe medications like protonix, (pantoprazole) called proton pump inhibitors, to prevent gastric irritation when in the hospital. It can be to protect your stomach from some of the medications you are getting or just from the stress of being hospitalized. This is a common practice.