I don't really get this. Keep in mind I'm med surg and not recovery, but... I was thinking that family members aren't allowed back during that portion of pt recovery because 1) pts might be unstable and they need close supervision with no distraction and 2) sometimes the behavior/appearance/status of pts immediately post surgery can be upsetting for family. I have never been given to understand that it's because of HIPAA rules.
People in ED's are frequently in bays with only sheets between them WITH their family members, and I dare say more medical info gets bandied about as pts are (ok - typically but not always) awake and coherent enough to answer questions and talk to the nurse about their issues.
How many appts can this girl have? Or if she DOES have a lot of appts, maybe there are medical or psych issues to which you are not privy. Regardless, I guess I personally would be so far into the land of "who cares" about whether or not there is an extra bay in use for sleeping. I'd be more like, "Oh thank God, that will be one bay they can't use for a pt." i.e. one extra pt I won't get. Ha!
It is rude that you have to remake the room after they go but on the other hand it is your BOSS and... Nursing is not my first profession. I guess I've had to take care of many more cumbersome tasks for different bosses in the past.