I have a teensy problem. What does your hospital do to let visitors know that visiting hours are over for the day? Let me explain. At nine-thirty, some unknown person who is apparently suffering from 'little-people' syndrome has access to the overhead paging system. This person (always a woman, but not always the same one) then picks up the mic and says:
"Thank you for visiting Blabbity-Blah hospital. We've enjoyed having you immensely, and we're sure you've enjoyed visiting with your friends and family today. However, visiting hours are over, and you must now leave the hospital so that the ill can rest. Thank you, have a good night, and God Bless every one of you."
Umm. I don't know how to phrase this, and I don't want to offend anyone or anything, but I cringe everytime I hear this message. I think it is inappropriate, and not considerate for a number of reasons. First of all, depending on who is in charge of the message for the night, this can be shorter (not usually) or longer (believe it or not!). This is coming overhead, and is rather loud- at nine-thirty PM. When patients have settled in, and, hopefully, are trying to get some sleep. LOUD. The longer it is, the longer we have to listen to her LOUD message. Sometimes she just throws things in there, and we're all looking at each other like, 'What else could she possibly have to say?!?'. The second issue I have is that she 'blesses' 'every one' of them. Okay, I'm not going to get into a religious debate here, but I think perhaps that, though she means well, at the VERY LEAST this is not considerate to patients/staff/family who are not Christian. We are in an urban area, and though we do have our share of Catholics and Baptists, we also have a large Muslim, Buddhist, Wiccan, etc. population. I have seen an Arabic family grow uncomfortable in the nursery when this message was said overhead one night, and I actually felt it necessary to APOLOGIZE! The third thing, and this, honestly, is the biggest part that bugs me, is that she ALWAYS says something about 'We're SURE you've enjoyed your visit...' (and SHE puts the emphasis on 'sure' every single time, no matter which person it is). Umm, okay, are you SURE? Because people are sick and dying here. It's kind of condescending (you'd have to hear the inflection...think Mommy-patting-your-head condescending) and to me it's just completely inaccurate. Does *anyone* understand what I'm getting at? What does your facility do? Who do I write to about this? I don't know who is in charge of that, but before you say my unit manager, let me assure you that this will accomplish nothing. And please, I know this may not seem like anything, and it's not...it's a teensy little thing that just drives me mad. I can obsess about whatever I choose!