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

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

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Methods: The Nurses’ Perception of Patient Rounding Scale (K. Neville, unpublished manuscript, 2010) was developed to gain an understanding of nurses’ perceptions of rounding.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

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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