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Nurses’ experiences and perceptions of hourly rounding: a private Australian catholic hospital single case study

Francis, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3578-2498, Kurtsev, A, Walter, D, Steele, C and Staines, C 2019 , 'Nurses’ experiences and perceptions of hourly rounding: a private Australian catholic hospital single case study' , International Archives of Nursing and Health Care, vol. 5, no. 2 , pp. 1-6 , doi:

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Aim: This research paper reports on nurses’ experiencesand perceptions of hourly rounding undertaken at privateCatholic acute care regional hospital in Australia.Background: Evidence suggests that structured nursingrounds are associated with positive outcomes. However, anumber of barriers to effective hourly rounding have beenreported. Rounding practices were implemented in a medical/surgical ward at a regional hospital in Australia, in 2014,aiming to reduce the risk of patient falls and enhance thepatient experience.Methods: A qualitative, exploratory descriptive single casestudy design was utilised. Fifteen (15) nurses participatedin the study and data were generated using Hermeneuticphenomenological interview technique. Transcriptionsof each interview were analysed using both content andthematic analysis approaches.Results: The experiences and perceptions of the nurseparticipants involved in the study were found to centre onthe following themes and subthemes:1. Support for rounding practice2. Barriers to rounding practicea) High workload and time-pressureb) DocumentationConclusion: The implementation of rounding was perceivedto be useful and overall supported by the participants.Relocating nursing documentation and reviewing the modelof care were highlighted as recommendations to improvecompliance and support ongoing sustainability of rounding.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Francis, K and Kurtsev, A and Walter, D and Steele, C and Staines, C
Keywords: hourly rounding, nurse perceptions, nurse experiences, nursing documentation
Journal or Publication Title: International Archives of Nursing and Health Care
Publisher: ClinMed International Library
ISSN: 2469-5823
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