Creating a protocol in support of patient-centered care.
How one hospital instituted a pet visitation program to help patients feel more comforted and supported.
JoAnne Sehr is a nurse educator, Linda Eisele-Hlubocky is a nurse clinician, and Renee Junker is a nurse clinician and supervisor, all in the Center for Nursing Excellence at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. Elizabeth Johns is a palliative care nurse in the nursing administration department, Deborah Birk is the director of professional development and research and of medical–surgical nursing, and Kay Gaehle is a research consultant, all at Memorial Hospital. Contact author: JoAnne Sehr, firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
We would like to acknowledge Nancy Weston, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer at Memorial Hospital, for her support. We would also like to recognize other members of the Family Pet Visitation team: Sue Beach, RN, Susan Dinkelman, MS, RN, CNOR, CIC, Kimberly Howell, DNP, PhD, CCRN, Margaret Lowery, JD, BA, Sharen Rickert, RN, and Neil Brammeier, DVM, as well as the Department of Nursing's Pet Visitation Committee at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for sharing the structure of its program with our team.