What is Intentional Rounding?
Nurses and Nursing Assistants at UW
Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and the
American Family Children’s Hospital
(AFCH) check in with patients in their
rooms every hour. This is done to check on
your safety and comfort and see if there is
anything we may help you with. You may
also hear this called hourly rounding.
When is it done?
Every hour from 6am to 10pm your nurse or
nursing assistant checks on you. From 10pm
to 6am, your nurse or nursing assistant
checks on you every two hours.
If you are sleeping, we will try not to wake
you. We check on all patients including
those who are not able to answer questions.
If you have a primary support person in your
room, we check in with him or her as well.
What is done?
During our rounds we do tasks such as give
you medicine or change dressings. We also
ask you questions about your needs. Before
we leave your room, we ask you to tell us
what else we can do for you.
Please let us know if you need anything and
please tell us if you have questions or
Some Questions We May Ask
ξ Are you having any pain now?
ξ Is there anything I can do right now to
help relieve your pain?
ξ Would you like me to tell your nurse
about your pain?
ξ Do you need to use the bathroom?
ξ Can I help you to the bathroom?
ξ Would you like help with washing your
face or your hands?
ξ How can I make you more comfortable?
ξ Can I help you turn?
ξ Would you like to get out of bed?
Possessions and Prevention
ξ Can you reach your call light?
ξ Can I get you anything – cell phone,
telephone, trash, bedside table, personal
ξ Can you reach everything you need?
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 10/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#7181