well not in the nicu, but I had a mother in the picu threaten to leave with her elementary school aged child (who had not yet stood up since OPEN HEART surgery), who still had bilateral chest tubes, oxygen, a morphine PCA and who had just been extubated a mere 12 hours previous all because they were going to a semi private room on our step down unit. Now there are 6 semi private rooms on this particular acute care unit, the whole hospital was busting at the seams, and this mother was upset that her child was the ONLY sick
child who was going to have to share a room. Because we keep all our healthy kids inpatient and in private rooms
This escalated past the attending, social work & clinical supervisors to the AD & security.
Outcome? Kid went to the floor and had a roommate. (but mom did have all the AMA paperwork brought to her and discussed)
and in any case now that I think about it, I did have a family in the nicu threaten to leave AMA. Kid wouldn't have made it down the hall w/o her nitric & inotropes though so not sure what mom thought she was going to do