Open Visiting Hours in ICU...Yes or No? - page 3

I currently work in a critical care unit that has instituted a policy of open visiting hours. Aside from a two hour time period in the morning (0630-0830) and the evening (1830-2030), up to three... Read More

  1. by   elizadream
    Quote from Goofball
    We are not allowed to restrict visitors at any time from being in the rooms in our ICU, except maybe for cleaning up stool and even then sometimes they refuse to leave. Most refuse to even use the intercom and they get mad if you say something. Most visitors are anxious and slow you down, but I know they have a need to be there so that's ok. , don't you? My mother has pain! She needs something right now for pain! (or nausea, or wants to be repositioned yet again). Sometimes I think the pt agrees they have whatever need it is, just to make the visitor happy.
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    The only time I realllllly hate it, is when they are there around 1730-1930, because that's end of shift then report time...


    IT's against HIPPA Laws to allow visitors milling around when you're giving report! We stopped that Flat when we reported it to our Manager.
  2. by   sweetommabear
    I work in a very busy CVICU, our patients are extremly critical, probably the most critical in the state. This is a very explosive subject, I do not believe that families should have the right to come and go as they please. Our Vice President of Nursing and my nurse manager all believe in open visiting policy, and believe me she makes no bones about it. I feel that we as beside nurses should have some say in the matter. I cannot tell you how many times I come into work and find out dayshift has told the family they can spend the night in the room. :angryfire I don't know what the answer is but we have to find a way to work together on this subject. I do not have an issue with family being @ the bedside of someone who is actively dying, or someone I am going to withdraw support on. I have had experiences where families have pit one nurse against another. We have enough stress in our job all ready without any additional stress.
  3. by   RN34TX
    Quote from sweetommabear
    This is a very explosive subject, I do not believe that families should have the right to come and go as they please. Our Vice President of Nursing and my nurse manager all believe in open visiting policy, and believe me she makes no bones about it.
    So your vice president and NM all believe firmly in open visitation?
    Interesting pattern.
    The biggest advocates for open visitation that I've run across so frequently seem to be those who never have to actually deal with the casualties of it.

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