I get sick of the family members, too. The boyfriend/girlfriend thing gets out of hand, too, cause it seems like they are always piled up in the patient's bed with them, and act ticked when you come in the room. I really don't want to see you two wallow around together. Also, we have a lot of semi-private rooms, and family members will lay down on the other bed, not caring that it needs to be kept clean for the next patient. Gone are the days when we could tell them they can't lie in the bed with the patient, or keep visitors quiet and to a minimum. I agree it is sometimes a good thing to have someone stay with the patient; I myself have stayed with family members and "caught" stuff that was extremely important, but I kept quiet and out of the nurse's way. My biggest pet peeve is when family will come and stand in front of the nurse's desk every 5 minutes, for water, blankets, etc., instead of just ringing their call-bell, and stare at you. Never mind you might be on the phone with the doctor, lab, etc. If they would just ring the bell, the secretary would ask the appropriate staff to handle whatever their needs are.