Advanced Practice Provider Grand Rounds: Improving Interdepartmental Networking
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Document Projects
Advanced Practice Provider Grand Rounds (APPGR) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) was implemented in March 2015 to create more opportunities for advanced practice providers (APPs) to network and consult with one another while gaining continuing education. By developing more opportunities for interdepartmental networking and communication in the organization, the potential exists to improve overall patient outcomes. Physicians who were asked about the relevance of grand rounds expressed that they like the connections they make person-to-person and are more prepared to make referrals to specialists they have met at grand rounds events (Howell, 2010). The purpose of this DNP project was to determine if APPs at OSUWMC feel that their participation in APPGR makes them more likely to seek advice or information from an APP outside of their own department. The design used for this project was an observational correlational design so that the relationship between participation in APPGR and APPs’ confidence level in reaching out to APPs in other departments for advice or information could be evaluated immediately following participation in an APPGR event. The data was collected following three face-to-face bimonthly APPGR events. The instrument used was an exit survey with a simplified, task-specific self-efficacy scale to measure the confidence level of the APP in reaching out to APPs in other departments at the conclusion of the APPGR session. The utilization of APPGR was determined to be favorable as a means of increasing interdepartmental APP networking at OSUWMC. Improved marketing of such events as well as the opportunity of additional time for face-to-face interactions among APPs at live events would be beneficial in the future.
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