What is your take on multiple family members in room when they have roommate? - page 4

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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    After surgery, I neaerly went AMA because of a family in the room and their d----- loud TV and music. I did leave but with the surgeon's reluctant agreement. Boy, do I hate sharing a room. Little privacy, less rest, more stress, more noise, more infection risk. And the knowing that my own visitors, even if quiet, may be stressing the patient in the next bed.

    Sometimes one or two visitors are just as bad as multiple, although occupying less space.
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    Quote from pattycakeRN
    W. I caught a little girl in the hallway once SKATING on those god awful wheelie shoes, and she nearly toppled 3 stories down the atrium when she caught the railing. I told her that skating was not allowed in the hospital and she huffed back and got mommy, who promptly told me it was none of my business. I wanted to say fine, she'll land SPLAT right down in front of the ER, so I guess that's okay. I guess I don't like kids anyway, but they really should have a limited role in an adult hospital.
    Don't you just know if she'd skated past you and gone SPLAT it would have been ALL YOUR FAULT and mommy would've sued??? No one is allowed to thwart the little darlings, but you are still responsible if they get hurt.

    Anyway, I actually do like kids but I agree with you 100%.
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    I remember the good old days when kids weren't allowed to visit and run the hallways....now you see them not only run the hallways yelling and carrying on but...they are barefooted...OMG who knows what they are gonna catch...babies crawling all over the floors licking everything...licking their hands....family members ringing the call bell demanding a cola....I mean come on now.....
    My hospital has all private rooms and unfortunately we also have open visiting hours....I dont understand why as a nurse I have to accept the fact that I am gonna walk into the room of the 23 year old after knocking on the door and he and his gf are naked in the bed together.....ummmm HELLO???? LOL sorry got off on another subject didnt I??
    Even with private rooms its hard to manuver around with family members.....
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    visiting has gotten totally out of hand. i'm an "old nurse past my prime" (from another thread) but i do remember when visiting hours were 2 visitors at a time, no more than 10 minutes every other hour, and no one under 16 was allowed to visit. and everyone enforced those rules except for the rare occaision when a really sick parent got to see their young children or someone was headed for the ecu. these days, it seems that anything goes.

    after reading numerous posts on other threads about visiting, i blame part of the problem on relatively inexperienced nurse who think it's "callous" or "uncaring" to enforce whatever rules are in place about visiting, and view the rules as "guidelines" rather than actual rules. if you follow such a nurse and then try to enforce any of the rules, you're automatically viewed as the "bad nurse."

    and i think press-gainey is to blame for much of it. management is so concerned about "customer service" that "patient care" gets lost.

    and part of it, i think, is the generalized deterioration of society as a whole. people in general are ruder, more self-centered and more entitled. when a started nursing, people were grateful to you for saving granny's life. now they're ticked off if you don't offer up a big enough smile (read the thread about the soulless er nurses), don't fit whatever preconceived notion they have about what a nurse looks like (obesity threads) or acts like, or if the "pillow fluffing" fails to come up to whatever standard they've got in mind.

    to answer the original question: visiting hours were there for a reason. not just to let the roommate rest, but to let the visitee rest as well. two visitors at a time is plenty, and when they start trying to direct the care rather than support the patient is the right time to suggest they go home and get some rest themselves!
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    Quote from AuntieRN
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    My hospital has all private rooms and unfortunately we also have open visiting hours....I dont understand why as a nurse I have to accept the fact that I am gonna walk into the room of the 23 year old after knocking on the door and he and his gf are naked in the bed together.....ummmm HELLO???? LOL sorry got off on another subject didnt I??

    Another case of, if the patient is well enough to be doing that, he's probably well enough to be doing it at home.

    If there are extenuating circumstances, then at least give the staff fair warning, for crying out loud.
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    We have one FF who is in her 90's, from a nursing home (I swear they dump her on us at least once a month for the 2 week Medicare paid stay). She's no trouble because all she does is sleep. Her family shows up every morning at 9 and gets miffed when I'm still bathing her. Well, gee...visiting hours don't start till 11, and it's only 9... I need those 2 hours to get Mama bathed, fluffed, puffed, and presentable for company. One morning I was halfway through the bath and I was singing to the patient. In barges family. Without knocking. I covered her up in a hurry and very politely (for me) asked them to please come back in half an hour. Granted, I was about 10 minutes away from finishing, including linen cleanup, but I didn't want to rush and have her not look her best cause they would have complained. This patient is at least a 45 minute bath start to finish because she's nothing but dead weight, and I need 2 other people to help me roll her.
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    Oh, I'm a bad, bad nurse....

    Lady in "b" bed (by the window) was pretty sick -- CHF/COPD/ESRF, in for COPD exacerbation, but we didn't think she was going to die that day by any means. Bed A is same day post op for an open chole, with significant MI history, and EF of about 30%. She's got her daughter and her hubby trying to stay with her in our postage stamp room and they've been nasty, demanding, and verbally abusive to everyone; B bed's alone. A bed actually told her nurse, "I want a private room, I don't want to share my room with a stinky old person."

    Guess what happened in the middle of the night. Yup, I'm walking back from a 3 am protonix IV push, and meet 2 other nurses going "32, 32, go in 32 now!" Sure enough, B bed, who was thankfully a DNR, was passing. I'm listening for her heart beat, and trying to quietly tell the other nurses I'm not getting anything, and the unit secretary comes on the speaker and softly says, "asystole." We're all pretty sad, since B bed was a frequent flier (but a nice one) and we'd all taken care of her at some point. We're figure out how we're going to get the cadaver transporter into the room, since A bed, for all her witchiness, can't really be moved to a wheelchair and rolled into the hall, who's going to call the doc, who's going to prep the body, etc. Hubby pops around the curtain, demanding that we keep it down, since the "noise" the other patient has been making was keeping beloved wife awake. Oh, I'm a bad nurse....

    I just said, "Well, sir, she won't be bothering your wife anymore, she just died."
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?


    I just said, "Well, sir, she won't be bothering your wife anymore, she just died."
    I'd have loved to have seen the looks on their faces.
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    Quote from Ms Kylee
    I got floated to another floor last night... at shift change up comes postop patient.... 30 year old. The nurse and I get the patient settled and I'm starting to do the admission vitals when I hear "I am the mother and I WILL be staying tonight and tomorrow night, so you'd better find something for me to sleep on".

    My first thought was, Lady, your "Kid" is 30 years old. I think they are old enough to be in the hospital without having Mommy hovering.

    Just love when family members demand for things before the nurse can even assess the patient. I cannot stand that at all. When I would get a post-op pt, after the patient arrived to the room I would close the door. No family would be in the room, I would assess and do everything I needed to do. I would let the family in only after I was finished doing what I needed, I didn't care how long it took.

    The best part is, all 30 members want coffee or pepsi. I have not worked in over a month and I still get irritated thinking about all the annoying family members.
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    Oh, I'm a bad, bad nurse....

    Lady in "b" bed (by the window) was pretty sick -- CHF/COPD/ESRF, in for COPD exacerbation, but we didn't think she was going to die that day by any means. Bed A is same day post op for an open chole, with significant MI history, and EF of about 30%. She's got her daughter and her hubby trying to stay with her in our postage stamp room and they've been nasty, demanding, and verbally abusive to everyone; B bed's alone. A bed actually told her nurse, "I want a private room, I don't want to share my room with a stinky old person."

    Guess what happened in the middle of the night. Yup, I'm walking back from a 3 am protonix IV push, and meet 2 other nurses going "32, 32, go in 32 now!" Sure enough, B bed, who was thankfully a DNR, was passing. I'm listening for her heart beat, and trying to quietly tell the other nurses I'm not getting anything, and the unit secretary comes on the speaker and softly says, "asystole." We're all pretty sad, since B bed was a frequent flier (but a nice one) and we'd all taken care of her at some point. We're figure out how we're going to get the cadaver transporter into the room, since A bed, for all her witchiness, can't really be moved to a wheelchair and rolled into the hall, who's going to call the doc, who's going to prep the body, etc. Hubby pops around the curtain, demanding that we keep it down, since the "noise" the other patient has been making was keeping beloved wife awake. Oh, I'm a bad nurse....

    I just said, "Well, sir, she won't be bothering your wife anymore, she just died."

    I bet he felt like an uncaring fool...but then again some people don't care nor are compassionate for others


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