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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Brandi Pravecek


interdisciplinary, rounding, communication, teamwork, nursephysician


Introduction: Failure to communicate and collaborate effectively in healthcare can cause preventable harm to patients. Interdisciplinary rounding (IDR) may assist in improving communication. Healthcare workers have reported high levels of satisfaction regarding communication and teamwork when participating in IDR as it allows nurses and providers more clarity regarding patients’ plans of care. The use of a rounding tool can help to facilitate discussion between nurses and providers during IDR.
Methods: Thirty articles were initially retrieved and then narrowed down to 17 using the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence Based Practice (JHNEBP) Evidence Level and Quality Guide. The literature search focused on IDR, communication, satisfaction, teamwork, and structure of rounding.
Gaps: There was a lack of research regarding IDR on inpatient postpartum and gynecology units. When searching the literature many studies often took place on units with IDR already implemented or were focused only on patient outcomes. Recommendations for Practice: IDR may enhance communication amongst healthcare team members. Research suggests using a structured rounding tool to aid in discussion. Because patients may feel overwhelmed with rounding at the bedside, the use of a private conference room can allow team members to discuss private patient information.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Communication in medicine.
Hospital patients -- Care.
Nurse and patient.
Nursing care plans.
Teams in the workplace.
Patient satisfaction.
Interprofessional relations.

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