I realize this is a little old but I just now caught it! I've been too busy doing job apps to keep up on posts
I just accepted a peds position, but I've been at this facility for almost 2 years as a PCA. Does your hospital have patient attendants/sitters? I work in hem/onc, and there are plenty of times our kids are left alone. It's usually overnight, but there are some kiddos whose parents/caregivers I've never even met
Our average length of stay is pretty long - I'd guess 14-20 days but don't quote me - so that probably makes a difference. The few times I've been floated to the short stay unit I've noticed there is a bigger family presence.
If the child is young and/or isn't safe to be alone (pulling at lines, IV sites, dressings etc) we have a dept that provides PTATs for them on all shifts. It has to be ordered by the doc. As far as kids getting PTATs just because they're young and bored.....we don't do that. It sucks, and I feel awful whenever a toddler is just crying because they're scared and alone. We don't have a policy stating anyone has to be there - we just encourage it.
You'll also find, there are some kids that seem to be better off without the family being there. I treat my cat better than some of these "parents"
It was my biggest issue when I first started working there. It's an awesome hospital, and we do great things there....but the social situations for some of these kids break my heart.