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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Robin Arends


daily rounding tool, intensive care unit, interdisciplinary rounds, communication, plan of care, satisfaction


Rounding tools allow relevant patient data to be available for all healthcare providers; rounding tools can reduce wasteful activities and improve efficiency (Lane, Ferri, Lemaire, McLaughlin, & Stelfox, 2013). This project took place in a 22 bed intensive care unit (ICU) at a teaching hospital. A daily rounding tool was revised after receiving permission to edit and revise a Johns Hopkins rounding tool. The daily rounding tool was implemented and used during interdisciplinary ICU rounds. The bedside nursing staff used the tool to guide report and rounds on the patient they were caring for. Results of the pre and post-survey were statistically significant meaning the ICU bedside nursing staff who participated in the DNP Project had improved feelings of communication among disciplines. The ICU bedside nursing staff also had improved satisfaction regarding communication and understanding of patients’ plan of care with the utilization of the rounding tool. Nurse practitioners are involved in consistency of patient care by utilizing the daily rounding tool with bedside ICU nurses.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

0Intensive care nursing.
Critically ill -- Care.
Hospital patients -- Care.
Nurse and patient.
Communication in medicine.
Nursing care plans.


Includes bibliographical references



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