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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Nicole Gibson


interdisciplinary rounds, rounding tool, communication, nurse satisfaction


Introduction: Interdisciplinary rounds in an inpatient hospital setting allow nurses, case managers, social workers, therapists, pharmacists, unit leadership, and physicians to discuss patients’ plan of care and identify barriers to discharge. Effective communication and collaboration are necessary for interdisciplinary rounds to be efficient and positively impact patient outcomes and staff satisfaction. Structured interdisciplinary rounds can improve efficiency and communication of interdisciplinary rounds by using the Focused Rounding Tool (FRT) to guide rounds.
Methods: A literature review was completed which led to the selection of the FRT for implementation. The FRT was implemented to provide structure during interdisciplinary rounds. Education was provided to nurses on how to use the FRT via video presentation and an educational flyer posted around the unit prior to implementation. Project implementation was three months. The Collaboration and Satisfaction About Care Decisions (CSACD) instrument was used to survey nurses prior to the intervention. Nurses completed the same survey using the CSACD instrument at the conclusion of the project implementation. The survey results were analyzed to identify if nurse satisfaction increased after implementation of the FRT for interdisciplinary rounds.
Gaps: A lack of published evidence focusing on nurse satisfaction related to the structure of interdisciplinary rounds was available.
Recommendations for Practice: The FRT should be utilized during interdisciplinary rounds to improve nurse satisfaction of interdisciplinary rounds due to increased communication and collaboration.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nurse and patient.
Nurses -- Job satisfaction.
Continuum of care.
Evidence-based nursing.
Teams in the workplace.

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