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Rounding

A CPD article reinforced Georgina O’Reilly-Foley’s knowledge of the benefits of rounding and its value in patient care

A CPD article reinforced Georgina O’Reilly-Foley’s knowledge of the benefits of rounding and its value in patient care.

Abstract

It was interesting to read the CPD article on rounding, which involves regularly checking on patients throughout the day. With the current uncertainty around staffing levels and consistency in nursing, it was a timely reminder of the benefits of rounding. On placement recently, rounding was known as care rounds.

Care rounds provide nurses with an opportunity to introduce themselves and to talk with their patients. Rounding promotes a prompt response to patient needs that has a positive effect on patient safety and satisfaction. During a care round, nurses ensure the hydration needs of the patient are met, assist the patient to move into a more comfortable position, check that pain relief is appropriate, offer toileting assistance and check that all items the patient may need are within reach.

Care rounds are vital in developing trust between staff and patients and their relatives and friends. They reassure relatives and friends that nurses talk with their loved ones regularly and check that they are comfortable. In addition, care rounds provide relatives and friends with the opportunity to ask questions about their loved one’s care. I enjoy walking on to the ward and finding that patients and their relatives know who I am and feel comfortable asking me for whatever they need.

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This reflective account is based on NS798 Langley S (2015) Effects of rounding on patient care. Nursing Standard. 29, 42, 51-59.

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