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Methods: The Nurses’ Perception of Patient Rounding Scale (K. Neville, unpublished manuscript, 2010) was developed to gain an understanding of nurses’ perceptions of rounding.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