Surfacing and addressing hospitalized patients' needs: Proactive nurse rounding as a tool.

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This paper reports on rounding interventions employed at high performing hospitals, and provides three case studies on how proactive nurse rounding was successfully implemented to improve patient-centredness.


Proactive nurse rounding is a popular form of rounding that has shown promise for improving patient outcomes, yet, little evidence exists on how to implement it successfully.


We identified high-performing hospitals in the domains of staff responsiveness and nurse communications in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems survey nationally, and conducted case studies at three of these hospitals exploring their implementation of proactive nurse rounding. We partnered with leaders from these hospitals to describe the associated challenges and lessons learned.


Twenty-six high performing hospitals in the domains of staff responsiveness and/or nurse communication were identified. The majority of nursing units reported proactive nurse rounding as their main rounding intervention (96%).


Proactive rounding interventions are a feasible approach to help surface and address hospitalized patients' needs in a timely manner.


The information and tools provided in this paper build upon the learning from high performing hospitals' experiences and are useful to nurse leaders in their efforts to improve the patient-centeredness in the hospital.

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