Visitation during handoff

  1. 0 How does everyone's unit handle parent visitation during handoff and change of shift? Are the units closed? If not, how do you handle the HIPPA issues especially in non single patient rooms
  2. Visit  maxx12 profile page

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    From 'San Diego, CA'; Joined Mar '13; Posts: 30; Likes: 8.

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  3. Visit  nicurn0213 profile page
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    Since we are an open unit, all family must be out by 0630 or 1830, and can return at 0800/2000.
    VivaLasViejas, hikernurse, and prmenrs like this.
  4. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    I think that 1 1/2 shift change break is appropriate, barring unusual circumstances. Some places cut it to 6:30 to 7:30.
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  5. Visit  Elle23 profile page
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    The last NICU I worked at was all private rooms. Parents were allowed 24/7, but other family had to leave for report.

    The NICU I worked at before, all visitors, including parents, had to leave between 6:30 and 7:30 for report (not private rooms).
    hikernurse likes this.
  6. Visit  thatsthekeyRN profile page
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    Closed 6:30-7:30!
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  7. Visit  NicuGal profile page
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    Open. Our legal department deems it "incidental overhearing". Alrighty. Parents and visitors can be at the bedside, but we do have a letter we give them upon admission to please try to not interrupt us so that we don't forget anything important. If there is sensitive info or something the family doesn't know we tell the other nurse away from the bedside. We used to have an hour between shifts but too many families complained so we had to open. Bad ju-ju on the surveys
  8. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
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    Closed 6-8. No hippos.
  9. Visit  sophie<3 profile page
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    We close 7-8 as well as 11-12 for shift changes (we have a few who works 8 hour shifts). We also close 3-5 on dayshift for sterile line changes
  10. Visit  babyNP. profile page
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    24/7. In my previous NICU, we just went to an empty bedside area to give report (not all parents are all there 24/7). In my NICU where we have all private rooms, it's pretty easy to find an empty bedside or give report outside and just close the doors.

    I don't really see what the big deal is and if I had a kid in the NICU, I wouldn't want to leave. If I have a parent who is demanding my attention, I just let them know that I need to complete mandatory safety checks first before I do anything. I imagine it would be especially hard if your parent is kangaroo'ing a vented baby that you need to put back or is coming in the for the first time all day.
  11. Visit  Paige15 profile page
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    In our NICU we ask parents to leave from
    1900-1930/0700-0730
  12. Visit  RED1984 profile page
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    I haven't worked in a NICU, and I'm not yet a nurse. My son was in the NICU (open) for 2 weeks when he was born, and I was never asked to leave. The only policy was there was "quiet time" from 2pm-4pm every day when all the overhead lights were dimmed. This was at a big Military hospital.
  13. Visit  HyperSaurus, RN profile page
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    Ours is closed 0700-0800, 1500-1600, 2300-2200. They do 8 hours shifts and no private rooms
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  14. Visit  katierobin23 profile page
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    We're open 24/7 and encouraged to include parents in report. Makes it a little difficult sometimes, especially if other family members are there and interrupting, but we just have to go with it. We have semi-private pods so it's not a huge deal, and we try to avoid talking about the other babies in hearing range of visitors
    hikernurse likes this.


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