NURSING PATIENT CARE POLICY & PROCEDURE
July 30, 2015
Nursing Manual (Red)
Policy #: 8.33A
Title: Visitor Policy for Inpatient Psychiatry
To provide guidelines for visitors to inpatient psychiatry to promote a safe and
therapeutic environment for all.
A. All visitors are to sign in at the nurses' station each time they visit to announce
their presence on the unit, and to inform staff who they are visiting.
B. Any belongings or packages brought for patients will be inspected by nursing
staff. Articles are/may be removed according to Nursing Patient Care Policy 8.31,
Safety Considerations for the Admission Procedure on Inpatient Psychiatry.
C. Visitors may visit in patient's room or day rooms unless otherwise directed by
staff. Approval for requests to visit elsewhere will be based on clinical
D. Visits by children under 12 years are encouraged to take place off the unit unless
the patient's status prohibits leaving the unit. In this case, visits are limited to the
patient's room. Visitors with children aged 17 years and under are informed that it
is their responsibility to supervise children and that they may be asked to leave if
E. Inpatient Psychiatry follows the hospital visitor policy and will accommodate
overnight stays (see Hospital Administrative Policy 7.33, Guidelines for
Participation of Patients’ Primary Supports and Guidelines for Visitors). Visiting
hours are the same as hospital visiting hours.
F. Patients who have a known history of obtaining potentially harmful objects from
visitors may be directed to visit only in areas in which they can be observed.
Visitors will lock personal belongings, e.g. purses and backpacks, in lockers off
the unit. Visitors may be denied access to the unit if they have previously
provided a patient with controlled substances, weapons, and/or other potentially
harmful objects. This can be initiated by the nursing staff, but is to be discussed
the next day at the treatment team meeting.
G. Visitors attempting to visit patients classified as confidential admissions will be
told that no information exists on the patient, and will be directed to leave the
H. Visits with patients in seclusion/restraints will be allowed when deemed
appropriate and safe. The nurse manager, Care Team Leader/Charge Nurse and/or
assigned nurse will make the decision at the time that the visit is requested. Visits
will be supervised by staff and may be time-limited.
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III. UWHC CROSS REFERENCES
A. Hospital Administrative Policy 7.33, Guidelines for Participation of Patients’
Primary Supports and Guidelines for Visitors
B. Nursing Patient Care Policy 8.31, Safety Considerations for the Admission
Procedure on Inpatient Psychiatry
IV. REVIEWED BY
Nurse Manager, Psychiatry
Nursing Patient Care Policy and Procedure Committee, July 2015
Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer