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

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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.


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


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.


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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