As nursing students interested in careers in pediatric nursing, we wanted to understand the implications and evidence-based research behind having parents present during their child’s invasive procedures and how it corresponds to safe nursing practice and improved patient/parent satisfaction. We conducted a literature review of the current research and literature from the last five years, including randomized controlled trials, literature reviews, qualitative descriptive studies and reports of expert committees. We found that the choice for parents to decide whether they are present during their child’s procedure corresponded to higher levels of satisfaction with their child’s overall care. While parental presence did not improve the child’s experience, it did allow parents to move from a bystander role into a more active role in their child’s care. Based on our findings, we found there is enough evidence to change current practices.