I'm wondering what other nurses and even nurses who are parents think about this topic. I haven't been to this forum in a while. But this has really been on my mind and need some opinions.
I work in the ICU. We don't have too strict of rules in my opinion. One rule we have is that no children under the age of 12 can visit. We have this rule in place to not only protect the children but also to protect our possibly immunocompromised patient population. Family members get soo upset about this rule. They don't understand why their 2 year old can't visit grandma on the ventilator who has cdiff and lines and tubes in every hole. We have made exceptions. If a patient is dying and they want to come say good bye or whatever we let the children in. But if we expect the patient to recover we generally do not let the children come in. I have a 1 year old. I've tried to put myself in their shoes. I don't think I would let my child see his grandparents in that shape, nor would I want him exposed to MRSA/VRE/ESBL/CDIFF and I wouldn't want him to bring germs into the unit.
What are your thoughts? Children yes or no? I had a family member really yell at me yesterday, tell me I was a heartless person that needed prayer. I felt like my intentions were good... were they?