Implementing Nursing Grand Rounds in a Community Hospital

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Purpose:The purpose of this article is to describe the process of implementing Nursing Grand Rounds in a community hospital.Methods:The Advanced Practice Council of clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners used Benner's theoretical framework of skill acquisition to guide the process. The development and implementation included the following: (1) conducting a convenient interest survey, (2) establishing targeted marketing strategies and a delivery format template for Nursing Grand Rounds, (3) mentoring clinical nurses, and (4) evaluation.Conclusion:Our institution has established Nursing Grand Rounds as a forum "For our Nurses, By our Nurses." The forum was held quarterly with survey feedback demonstrating increased awareness by clinical nurses and growing attendance.Implications:As a designate Magnet hospital, our Advanced Practice Council established a forum to promote and demonstrate excellence in nursing. The attributes of advanced practice nursing are the cornerstone to successful implementation of Nursing Grand Rounds. The involvement of clinical nurses across the 5 stages of proficiency in skill acquisition is a means to retain clinical experts and foster the development of nurses from novice to expert.

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