By Katelynn Nichols, Nursing; Kaitlin Sacher, Nursing; Danielle Clear, Nursing; Madeline Pavlovich, University of Cincinnati; Lindsay Bentley, University of Cincinnati; Haley Wadl, University of Cincinnati
Advisor: Paul Lewis
Abstract: Including nurses in daily rounds allows for continuity of care and clarity of the care plan between all members of the interdisciplinary team. Research has shown that when nurses were notified about rounds in advance, their participation increased from 44.4% to 73%. Unfortunately, nurses rarely participate in daily rounds, creating issues related to miscommunication and disorganized care that comes with the absence of rounding as a team. The purpose of our project is to educate others on the importance of involving all members of the care team in daily rounds. We created an educational session to present to a pediatrics class which includes a PowerPoint presentation and a post-presentation survey. We discussed the importance of involving all members of the patient care team in daily rounds, with an emphasis on nursing involvement. The expected outcome is for nurses to participate in bedside rounds and have the confidence to speak up. The students will complete a post-presentation survey after gaining knowledge of the importance of interdisciplinary rounds and express their willingness to participate in bedside rounds.