Visiting hours in the ICU: finding the balance among patient, visitor and staff needs.
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TOPIC: Visiting hours. PURPOSE: To explore the experience of nurses who have been identified as experts at working with visitors in a critical care setting. METHODS: A qualitative research design incorporating in-depth interviews of eight intensive care nurses, limited participant observation, and a review of selected documents was used to investigate how expert nurses incorporate visitors into their daily practice. CONCLUSION: Incorporating visiting family members in to the plan of care is complex and requires balancing the visitors' needs for information and access to a loved one with the nurse's need to safely manage the care of a critically ill individual.
Farrell, Mary E., Dayle H. Joseph, and Donna Schwartz-Barcott. "Visiting hours in the ICU: finding the balance among patient, visitor and staff needs.." Nursing forum 40, 1 (2005): 18-28. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6198.2005.00001.x.