This has happened to me three times now. I have family that live in the same small town I work in. So when they are sick, a lot of them come to the hospital where I work. One time I was in charge of the care of my mother in law, and twice now I have been in charge of the care of my very sick baby cousin who has a multitude of health issues. Now its not that I don't want to take care of them or that I can't do my job, but I don't feel comfortable taking care of my own family. I thought there were policies that say you shouldn't, but haven't found them yet. I found myself in a sticky situation with the mother in law and swore then I would never take family again. But it has happened again because of circumstance I guess. I don't want to be a bad co worker and "refuse" to take a patient, but this is not right, I am thinking. The dr even questioned me as to why I was caring for my own relation. The other nurse had just done a new admission and already had one pediatric patient, so what would you have done in this situation? Thanks for the input.