Title : Attitudes of nursing staff toward interprofessional in-patient-centered rounding
Historically, medicine and nursing has had a hierarchical and patriarchal relationship, with physicians holding monopoly over knowledge-based practice of medical care, thus impeding interprofessional collaboration. Power gradient prevents nurses from demanding cooperative patient rounding. We surveyed attitudes of nursing staff at our tertiary care community hospital, before and after implementation of a patient-centered interprofessional (hospitalist– nurse) rounding process for patients. There was a substantial improvement in nursing staff satisfaction related to the improved communication (7%–54%, p50.001) and rounding (3%–49%, p50.001) by hospitalist providers. Patient-centered rounding also positively impacted nursing workflow (5%–56%, p50.001), nurses’ perceptions of value as a team member (26%–56%, p¼0.018) and their job satisfaction (43%–59%, p¼0.010). Patient-centered rounding positively contributed to transforming the hospitalist–nurse hierarchical model to a team-based collaborative model, thus enhancing interprofessional relationships.