Every week we’ll choose a practice article and pose a few questions for debate, post your questions or answers below …
- Intentional rounding: its role in supporting essential care
- Authors: Beverley Fitzsimons is the programme manager, Annette Bartley a faculty member and Jocelyn Cornwell the director at the King’s Fund Point of Care programme.
Key points …
- Concerns about essential nursing care have refocused attention on the need to ensure fundamental aspects of care are delivered reliably
- Intentional rounding involves health professionals carrying out regular checks with individual patients at set intervals
- The approach helps nurses focus on clear, measurable aims for undertaking the round
- It also helps frontline teams to organise workload on the ward
- Rounding can reduce adverse incidents, offer patients greater comfort, and ease their anxiety
Let’s discuss …
- How could you adapt intentional rounding for use on your ward or unit?
- The authors suggest “It may be possible that rounding might prove challenging for staff, because it leads them to encounter directly and personally some individuals’ painful circumstances via immediate, regular contact with patients as people”. What do you think?
- How can intentional rounding be used to improve the organisation of, and quality of, care?
- What are the benefits and potential pitfalls of implementing this approach in your place of work? How could the pitfalls be addressed?