Hey y'all! I'm a new grad on a busy oncology unit and I always love hearing the advice of allnurses members. On my unit we have a sign posted stating children under 14 are not allowed on the unit, but every day I have families bringing small children to patients rooms.
My question is this: exactly what is the reasoning behind not allowing children? Is it because of the chemo/radiation exposure or is it because kids tend to be germ-ier than the rest of us? Many of my co-workers simply ignore the policy & do not ask families to take their kids off the unit- & honestly, if this is likely the last time my patient & his grandchild will see each other, I ignore it for a little while too so they have a few minutes to say good bye...
What I the best way to explain the need for this policy to very emotional families??