Nursing ethics isn’t just about ethical standards for nurses; it’s also about the stances that nurses and nursing organizations take on issues of health policy.
See this story, from the BBC: RCN wants longer hospital visiting hours
Hospital visiting times should be extended so patients’ relatives can become more involved in their care, the Royal College of Nursing has said.
RCN head Peter Carter said he did not want relatives performing tasks nurses were employed to carry out, but that there were “real benefits” for patients when family members helped with care.
But patients’ groups warned such a move could be “the tip of the iceberg”….
Make sure to read the comments under the BBC story — they reveal lots of additional reasons for and against extending visiting hours.
What do you think?