What is your take on multiple family members in room when they have roommate? - page 2

by hollyberry678

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My patient had a roommate who had multiple family members in the room, on the other side of the curtain. And actually a group of them came in around 1 a.m. The families' loved one (pt) had gone through a procedure that evening,... Read More


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    This sounds to me to be a good issue to bring up at a staff meeting ... to put in a "suggestion box" ... or some such thing. Emphasize that the visitors were impinging on the other patient's rights to a restful night. Ask for some guidelines/policy to help you to manage such situations.
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    I've been in that other bed with another pt's family member loudly talking, laughing, etc like it was social hour. They were loud enough I couldn't speak to my nurse without talking over them. I had just had major surgery and pain meds, so all I wanted to do at 2am was SLEEP! I think it is incredibly rude and insensitive to others.

    Our hospital policy is that visiting hours end at 2030 with a limit of two visitors at a time and that we hold the right to ask them to leave if they are disruptive.

    This is a hospital! I can understand if a loved one is dying, we do make exceptions for that because we place those pt's in private rooms. Also, if a pt is by himself or herself we don't mind if they stay after visiting hours if they are quiet.

    It was your pt and you have to be the advocate. I would kindly remind them of visiting hours and that you will call them if any changes occur in the pt's condition. If they refuse, call security.
    nuangel1 likes this.
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    Pardon my language but I would be ****** off if another nurse allowed family members to visit a patient until 2am while disturbing my patient's much needed rest.
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    Preserving HIPPA rights in a double room with a curtain for "privacy" is a big joke! I have been a patient in this predicament and late one afternoon I listened as my elderly roommate recited my entire medical history and the incidents leading up to my hospitalization to her family.
    Had I been in my "home" hospital I would have automatically been placed in a private room but this was a specialty hospital where private rooms did not exist.

    What a PITA!!!!


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    Quote from nurturing_angel
    Preserving HIPPA rights in a double room with a curtain for "privacy" is a big joke! I have been a patient in this predicament and late one afternoon I listened as my elderly roommate recited my entire medical history and the incidents leading up to my hospitalization to her family.
    Had I been in my "home" hospital I would have automatically been placed in a private room but this was a specialty hospital where private rooms did not exist.

    What a PITA!!!!



    Oh, that is bad. I'm sorry that happened to you. If it was me, I would have pulled the curtain open and said "mind your own business" than would demand another room. People have some nerve.
    MAISY, RN-ER and racing-mom4 like this.
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    I had a patient who was arabic in culture, and had NUMEROUS family in the room at the start of every shift(I work 5p-5a)....they would be loud, ask numerous questions and 4-5 of his brothers would attempt to translate for him....(he had 12 bros and sisters)...The last straw came when I attempted to explain that he had to relax while his knee was in the CPM....and he kept trying to bend it himself....5 brothers all trying to tell me different things were enough....I politely explained that 1. HE was the translator(pointing to 1 brother), and 2. I needed the chance to explain what was going on, 3. Everyone else was going to have to leave, as it was 11PM.....got a lot more respect the rest of his stay.
    and although he was in a private room, I had many people in surrounding rooms wondering what channel the "foriegn" channel was being played on.
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    Nursing has ceased to become about caring for the sick as it has evolved into the best press gainey scores.Families now run the show no matter what.I am all for including "family centered care" but the inmates are running the asylum. Administration won't back nurses and the patient gets hurt in the end.
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    My husband had a bad experience with several visitors in the room for the pt in"A" bed.They were loud, preventing hubby from rest.

    My DH bypassed the nursing staff and paged his neurosurgeon! It only
    took 30 minutes for my hubby to be moved to a private room!
    sharpeimom likes this.
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    When I worked night shift and kindly asked visitors to leave when visiting hours were over, their response would be "well nurse-x let us stay last night" or cop an attitude with me. I just called security and had them removed. I dont take kindly to them diliberately disrespecing rules and other patients' rights. I wish all hospitals had only private rooms for multiple reasons..visitors being one of them. I hate trying to work around the family member who is snoozing in the recliner that is parked right in front of the IV pump or expecting me to try to squeeze myself between their chair and the sink to reach the patient. They get in my way. And at 1 am is NOT the time for them to be in my way because that causes noise and wakes up the patient because I cant get to them to hang that piggyback antibiotic. I now work dayshift and its a totally different story. Whatever your hospital's policy for visiting rules is...needs to be enforced unless is a ped, terminal patient, or someone who is very ill.
    GeminiTwinRN likes this.
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    It's ridiculous. Even with private rooms, no patient needs a party going on next door, nor groups of people traipsing up and down the halls all night.

    It makes me feel old to recall that we not only kicked people out after visiting hours, but the patient's room phones rang through the hospital operators, and they wouldn't ring a patient's room after visiting hours were over.

    I have to wonder if some of the patients with the zillion visitors wouldn't like some peace and quiet, themselves, but don't dare say anything. Maybe they're afraid no one will visit at all, or maybe they have to depend on those visitors for help when they go home. It could just be me, though; I tend to be the "Go away and let me die in peace" type when I'm sick.
    GeminiTwinRN and SuesquatchRN like this.


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