Development of a Formalized Pediatric Visitation Program in the PACU Through Evidence-Based Practice

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Abstract

Identification of the Problem:

The national trend and 2003 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses position statement supports visitation during Phase I care. Nurses at our institution had an inconsistent practice of rejoining families with their child during this period.

Purpose:

The purpose of this project was to investigate nurses' attitudes and beliefs toward family-centered care. A formalized pediatric visitation program was also created.

Methodology:

A survey was used to evaluate nurses' attitudes and beliefs regarding family-centered care. Education was provided for the nurses and patient and/or families. The formalized visitation program included updated policies, use of technological support to improve communication with families, and development of an educational pamphlet.

Outcomes:

A pediatric visitation program that reunites the family and child while supporting nurses was developed and implemented.

Implications for Perianesthesia Nurses:

This visitation program may be explored for replication in perianesthesia or other applicable settings.

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