Leadership DIMENSIONInnovative Solutions Family Presence at Codes: A Protocol for an Oncology UnitMarble, S. Gayle BSN, RN, OCN; Hurst, Sue RN, MSN Author Information S. Gayle Marble, BSN, RN, OCN, is currently a nursing educator for oncology/bone marrow transplant at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Sue Hurst, RN, MSN, is currently a critical care nurse specialist in the medical-surgical ICUs at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She also serves as a reviewer of manuscripts for the Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing journal. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: S. Gayle Marble, BSN, RN, OCN, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, 7326 N, 22nd Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85021 ([email protected]). Editor's Note: Nurses are encouraged to write about any policies, treatments, guidelines, and/or protocols that they have successfully implemented for their units and wish to share with others in the "Innovative Solutions" column. For more information, please contact the editor at [email protected]. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 218-222 doi: 10.1097/01.DCC.0000325079.32423.a9 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Family presence at codes is a concept that often elicits differing opinions from healthcare workers with regard to implementation, evaluation, and efficacy of the process. The oncology nursing service at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center created a protocol to operationalize the guidelines of family presence at codes. The protocol was based on the Emergency Nurses Association guidelines from 2001 and modified to complement the current practice environment and culture of the units. Evaluation surveys were created for both the family members present and staff involved in the process. This article presents the efforts of one hospital to develop a protocol for family presence at codes, a concept that often elicits differing opinions from healthcare providers. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.