Inpatient Visitation Times

  1. At the inpatient unit where I work the visiting hours are:
    M-F 4 to 8 pm
    Weekends & Holidays 10am to 8pm
    I am curious what other inpatient units have as viistation times and some input into the pro's or con's of long or short times.
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  3. by   p0969
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  4. by   Olyvia
    7 days a week 4-7pm
  5. by   njmonsterboi80
    We have one hour per day on weekdays and two sets of one hour sessions on weekends. I think its good for morale to have visitors, but the visitors can cause problems on the unit. Some of the spouses also have psychiatric problems and we smelled cigarette smoke the room after a visitor left the other day.





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    At the inpatient unit where I work the visiting hours are:
    M-F 4 to 8 pm
    Weekends & Holidays 10am to 8pm
    I am curious what other inpatient units have as viistation times and some input into the pro's or con's of long or short times.
  6. by   berniemcr
    The child/adolescent crisis unit I work at has visiting hours or Tues/Thurs 6-7:30 and Sat/Sun 1-2:30 and 6-7:30. Visiting is flexible if the family cannot make the hours designated and visiting is often allowed if family is in for a meeting on off-hours.

    Visiting every evening could be disturbing for the pts who get no visitors and it also interferes with groups which many be arranged for those hours.
  7. by   lorner
    In the intensive care unit that I work in we have 24 hour visitation 7 days a week.
  8. by   muffie
    before sars it was pretty open ended
    now its 1400-2000
  9. by   Tank'sMom
    On our inpt. psych it's 7P-8P on weekdays with 2hrs on Saturdays and 3hrs on Sunday afternoons. Visitors can be very challenging on a psych unit. Adding the often troubled family dynamic to a pt. who is already on the edge....not always a great idea.
  10. by   PsychRN45
    Inpt Child / Adol Unit M-F 5-8, Weekend 12-8
  11. by   kadokin
    Quote from njmonsterboi80
    We have one hour per day on weekdays and two sets of one hour sessions on weekends. I think its good for morale to have visitors, but the visitors can cause problems on the unit. Some of the spouses also have psychiatric problems and we smelled cigarette smoke the room after a visitor left the other day.
    agreed. Our unit has similar "scheduled" visiting times. We try to make it clear to family that we will flex things as needed, though, b/c some of our clients and families are elderly and/or live out of town and making the 7p-8p schedule can be a hardship (not to mention, some folks work those hours and can't make it in). It's psych. You have to go w/the flow.
  12. by   SeeK
    our times are only m-f , 6p-7p
  13. by   iwannabearn
    12-1pm, 6-7pm 7 days a week. how can a effective group treatment run if visitors are always there?
  14. by   epg_pei
    Our unit has weekday visiting from 1630-2030, weekends from 1130-2030. The other posted have identified some problems we've had, smoking on the unit, illegal substances brought onto unit, alcohol brought onto unit. But for the most part, visiting hours are a welcome break for pts. We do restrict visiting if the pt situation requires it.

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