Practices and Perceptions of Nurses Regarding Child Visitation in Adult Intensive Care Units

Author(s): Priti P. Desai, PhD, MPH, CCLS, Samantha L. Flick, MS, CCLS, Susanne Knutsson, PhD, ICN, and Andrew S. Brimhall, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires May 01, 2023

Topics: Collaboration, Family-Centered Care, Research

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, Educator, Manager

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

This article provides an overview of perceptions and practices of adult ICU nurses about child visitation and the child life specialist role.


  • Identify why children choose to visit loved ones in adult intensive care units (ICUs) and the barriers/facilitators affecting such visits.
  • Discuss under which circumstances adult ICU nurses are more likely to allow children aged birth to 5 years to visit a relative in the ICU.
  • Describe how adult ICU nurses view the role of a child life specialist in critical care settings and how they are likely to use child life services.

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This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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