Pre-registration nursing students’ perceptions and experience of intentional rounding: A cross-sectional study

Elizabeth (Liz) J. Ryan, Debra Jackson, Cindy Woods, Kim J. Usher

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This paper examines pre-registration nursing students’ perceptions of the practice of intentional rounding and perceived benefits for nurses and patients. Intentional rounding was developed to ensure nursing staff regularly check on patients to ensure that all care needs are met. It has been linked to a reduction in falls and call bell use, and an increase in patient safety. No previous studies have examined pre-registration nursing students’ role in the practice of intentional rounding during clinical placements nor the perceptions of rounding practices, important from a future workforce perspective. A cross-sectional multisite study was undertaken, and pre-registration nursing students completed the Nurses’ Perceptions of Patient Rounding Scale between August 2017– June 2018, distributed using online education platforms and email. Strobe reporting guidelines were used to report findings. Participants perceived positive benefits in intentional rounding for nurses and patients. Mixed opinions surrounded the sufficiency of education received around the intervention. Previous nursing experience was linked to opposing opinions of intentional rounding, depending on education levels. Participants had a positive perception of intentional rounding practices overall. Education surrounding intentional rounding needs to be consistent, and introduced before students are expected to actively participate in the practice of rounding on clinical placement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102691
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


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