“Cat Nap” Program Implemented at Georgetown Memorial Hospital
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Georgetown, SC—A program designed to benefit hospital inpatients by providing a designated daily time for rest has been implemented throughout all nursing units at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
The “Cat Nap” program, which was initially piloted successfully on one nursing unit, provides a designated quiet time from 2 – 4 p.m. daily. During this time, patients are encouraged to rest.
To facilitate the Cat Naps, lights will be dimmed and patient room doors closed from 2 – 4 p.m. While nursing staff will always respond at any time to patient requests for assistance, efforts will be made to minimize room entry and interruption during this time.
“We believe rest is an important component of the patient’s recovery. This program is designed to help ensure our patients have an opportunity for uninterrupted rest,” said Ann Waters, RN, MS, MSN – Chief Nursing Officer, Georgetown Hospital System and Administrator, Patient Care Services, Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
While visiting hours will not change, visitors can assist with the program by planning visits outside of the 2 – 4 p.m. daily Cat Nap period and helping to minimize noise in hallways and patient rooms during that time, Ms.Waters added.