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NCPD Article

Interprofessional Rounds to Improve Team Communication and Decrease Length of Stay on an Inpatient Unit

Erica Dickey

Jennifer Peterson

interprofessional rounds, length of stay, staff satisfaction, communication
CJON 2022, 26(5), 553-558. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.553-558

Interprofessional rounds (IPRs) are associated with better patient outcomes and improved communication. Variables unique to each organization must be considered when determining team composition and meeting structure. This program was designed to improve communication between nurses and providers, identify education and workflow gaps, decrease length of stay, and increase staff satisfaction on inpatient hematology and oncology units. Elevating the role of the advanced practice nurse and nurse leader from participant to engaged IPRs leader proved to be a best practice to overcome barriers and improve organization and patient outcomes.

At a Glance

  • Nurses can make small changes over time to develop an IPRs process that works best for their organization, team dynamics, and patient populations.
  • Structured IPRs can lead to decreased length of stay for patients with cancer, blood disorders, and complex healthcare needs.
  • Using nurse managers, educators, and clinical nurse specialists as IPR managers promotes rapid unit-level problem-solving that improves nursing practice and delivery of patient care.
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