AbstractIdentification 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.