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J Nurs Care Qual. 2012 Jan-Mar;27(1):13-9. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318227d7dd.

Hourly rounding: challenges with implementation of an evidence-based process.

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  • 1Division of Community Health and Health Studies, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18105, USA. Lynn.Deitrick@lvhn.org


Introduction of an evidence-based practice change, such as hourly rounding, can be difficult in the hospital setting. This study used ethnographic methods to examine problems with the implementation of hourly rounding on 2 similar inpatient units at our hospital. Results indicate that careful planning, communication, implementation, and evaluation are required for successful implementation of a nursing practice change.

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