Nurses should be present at every interaction between a doctor and their patients.
This is one of the recommendations of the Francis report, which calls for patient to have a named key nurse responsible for coordinating care.
The report suggests that:
- Nurses involvement in ward rounds is a key part of patient care;
- No consultant ward round should take place without the key nurse or an appointed deputy;
- Handovers between nurses should occur at the end of shifts to ensure teams are up to date.
It also identified that ward rounds are part of a nurse’s development and should involve student nurses.
Last year the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Nursing have published Ward Rounds in Medicine: Principles for best practice. This guideline recommended that ward rounds should be seen as a priority by all members of the multi-professional team.