Our OR has a preop holding area that is staffed by an RN 7a-3p then the circulator(s) manage that area. Now we are told that in-patients needing surgery after 3pm will be held in the pacu, not in the holding area which is right across the hall. Reason: no one to staff it and pts can't stay in holding alone. While I understand the reasoning, I don't think it's fair to the patient to see the goings on in pacu with pts waking up in pain, or vomiting, or whatever. To me that would just compound my preoperative stress. Not to mention the family members who are always allowed to be with the pt until they go to OR.We'll have to deal with them as well. Am I wrong to be against this idea?? My co-workers don't think it's a good idea as well but it seems like the higher ups already decided without input from us worker bees.