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Nurses Perceptions of Patient Rounding

Neville, Kathleen PhD, RN; Lake, Kristen MS, RN, PCCN; LeMunyon, Danielle MSN, APN, ANP-BC; Paul, Darilyn MS, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN; Whitmore, Karen MS, RN-BC, CWS

Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e318243365e

Objective: This descriptive pilot study explored hospital staff nurses’ perceptions toward the practice of patient rounding.

Background: Rounding has re-emerged as a standard practice initiative among nurses in hospitals and has been associated with a decrease in call lights and falls, increased patient satisfaction and safety, and quieter nursing units. Regardless of these outcomes, controversy exists among nurses regarding rounding.

Methods: The Nurses’ Perception of Patient Rounding Scale (K. Neville, unpublished manuscript, 2010) was developed to gain an understanding of nurses’ perceptions of rounding.

Results: Nurses identified rounding as valuable and perceived hourly rounding to be beneficial to patients and families but significantly less beneficial to their own professional practice. Challenges to rounding as a practice include issues of documentation, patient ratios, and skill mix.

Conclusion: Findings support the need for further research to address the challenges of patient rounding for nursing.

Author Information

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Neville), School of Nursing, Kean University, Union; Nurse Practitioner (Mss Lake and LeMunyon); Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mss Paul and Whitmore), Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, New Jersey.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Neville, School of Nursing, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.