I am a mental health nurse in Louisiana on an acute inpatient mental health unit. Our managers have told us of a "new law" that states we cannot deny family the right to stay overnight (or outside of visiting hours) with their family members. Does anyone have any information about this law. It seems extremely unsafe for the patients, staff members, etc. These family members are not subjected to any type of search. Very concerned. Any information/advice would be helpful! Thanks.
May 27, '12
by tyvin, BSN
Basically what it's saying is that the faciltiy better have a good written P&P regarding visitation for all and all staff need to know what that policy is. What I get from scanning it is that they are really trying to make sure every patient has an POA and every facility has a detailed P&P on visistation. It isn't saying that people get to spend the night, your facility has to write policy and be ready to defend why it's bad/not acceptable for the business to allow visitors coming in at all times of the day and night.
There are plenty of reasons to limit hours...safety issues, staff numbers, etc... Especially in a psych setting where the environment...milieu is crucial to patient outcome. In a psych setting a schedule is the key to the units success.
Last edit by tyvin on May 27, '12