Bold Voices - August 2012 - (Page 11)

AT THE BEDSIDE New Federal Hospital Visitation Standards New federal standards require hospitals to ensure that patients have the full right to choose AACN Practice Alert: who can visit them and who can act on their Family Presence behalf, regardless of family or personal ties. “Revisiting Your Hospital’s Visitation Policy,” a AACN’s Practice Alert on Family Presence: Visitation in the joint publication of the American Health Lawyers Adult ICU presents current evidence that unrestricted presAssociation, Washington, D.C., and the Human ence and participation of a support person can enhance Rights Campaign, urges hospitals to ensure visitapatient and family satisfaction and improve safety. • This tion rules comply with Medicare Conditions of is especially true in the ICU, where patients are usually Participation (CoPs) and The Joint Commission’s intubated and cannot speak for themselves. • Unrestricted revised standards on protecting and promoting presence of a support person also can improve commupatient rights. Hospitals are encouraged to nication, facilitate a better understanding of the patient, revise policies, if necessary, and train staff on advance patient- and family-centered care, and enhance implementation. staff satisfaction. • Access this and additional AACN Patients must be informed of their right to Practice Alerts at designate visitors, whether that visitor is a family member, spouse, domestic partner or friend. Hospitals also must “ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with the patient’s preferences,” the publication states. Many hospitals already have adopted more inclusive New standards offer the first federal policies, but the new standards offer the first federal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender protection for LGBT patients. (LGBT) patients, the publication adds. The standards “will obviate the need for same-sex couples to present their relationship as siblings or other blood relatives when seeking emergency care in order to avoid real or perceived discriminatory treatment,” it reads. highlights this benefit, noting that “… same-sex partners must be allowed to become patient representatives for decisions on visitation if the patient is incapacitated and that documentation to prove someone’s identity should be requested only when more than one person claims to be an incapacitated patient’s support person.” How do you educate patients, families and team members about the change in visitation guidelines? Tell us at, click on the blue auto-reply button in the digital edition or post a wall comment at ‘I Am a Critical Care Nurse’ From ICU tech to LPN to neurosurgical ICU staff nurse, Joshua B. Johnson is now a nurse anesthesia student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. • He’s discovered that “you get out of nursing what you put into it,” describing his evolving career as “a wild nonstop ride [and] I wouldn’t have had it any other way.” • Open August’s Critical Care Nurse from the back to read about Johnson’s amazement when, at the 2011 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, he saw “all the critical care nurses in one place with a common goal.” • And read about how he turns to his colleagues for support “when things do not turn out as planned.” AACN BOLD VOICES AUGUST 2012 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2012

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
‘AACN CSI Academy’ National Leadership Program Launches
Canadian Dynamics 2012: ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’
Grana Padano May Lower Blood Pressure
New Medicare Patient Satisfaction Requirement Misses Mark, Nurse Argues
FDA, The Joint Commission Aim to Reduce Alarm Fatigue
Fast Food in Hospitals Counters Goal of Healthy Eating
New Federal Hospital Visitation Standards
Nurse Obesity Linked to Long Hours
First-Ever Nurses Float Joins the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade
AMA Urges Greater Focus on Ambulatory Patient Safety
Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedure Increases Patient Survival
Older Patients' in ICU at High Risk for HAI
Tele-ICU Symposium Explores Leading-Edge Technology
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
Dare To
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
From the President

Bold Voices - August 2012